Racing Venture at Charleston: Modern Plant to be Erected at Cost of 50,000 for Meeting in 1911, Daily Racing Form, 1910-07-24


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RACING VENTURE AT CHARLESTON. Modern Plant to be Erected at Cost of 50,000 for Meeting in 1911. Cincinnati, O.. July 23.— Advices from the south from an authoritative source tend to eliminate all doubt regarding the building of a race track in Charleston. S. C. Those having the project in contemplation have purchased a large tract of land and will begin the pari imiiiaries next week hiking to the erection of an up-to date racing plant. That the track is not to be of the slap dash variety is evidenced by the fact that the promoters of the venture have announced their intention of expending ."io.t o0 to make the plant complete in every detail. Bo-sides a substantial grandstand, paddock and betting ring, ac aodatloaa for 1,000 horses will be built. The Stables will be substantial and modern. The track itself will h« a regulation circular mile with a seven eighths chute, also a three-eighths straightaway for two year-olds. The site on which the track is to be built will be readily accesible from every pari of the city and will be reached by two cat-lines operating to the grandstand. There will be no undue haste to complete the track, the main aim being to have it thorough in detail. It is unlike] ,-that the builders will finish work on it until some time next February and. according to present ar-ra ago meats, the inaugural meeting of .",0 days will be held Immediately following the close of the season at Jacksonville or maybe a little earlier. The promoters have ample capital, are thoroughly responsible and have had plenty of experience in race track management. It will" lie the aim of the management to give liberal purses, also a number of stakes, which will insure the presence of horses of good calibre. Charleston enjoys advantages over other southern cities from the fact that it is conveniently accessible to New York, while Savannah. Atlanta and Jacksonville are nearby poiata that are counted upon to contribute materially lo the patronage. The belting laws of the state are not stringent — on the eoatraiy flexible — and. as many local persons are interested in the proposed racing, there is littlu danger that there will be any interference. Bacing at Charleston is not an experiment, as tin- sjxirt thrived ia that qaalnt old city in the long ago and its main supporters were men of prominence, including some who helped to make American history. The last race meeting held in Charleston occurred during the exposition of IM0 01. There was then UU days of the sport miller adverse ootid it ions, due to poor management. The result of this meeting, however, is taken to indicate that under proper auspices thee are great possibilities for racing in Charleston.

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