Kentuckys Great Opportunity, Daily Racing Form, 1913-02-19


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KENTUCKYS GREAT OPPORTUNITY. While ih....- who are intere-led ill the lurf and the feats performed hy tharoajghbreds are prone to refet to the time when bookmakers held -way and when -oin. of ihe bigger stable* ,.f eastern millionaires came In Kentucky to otnpeie for the -take- and purses a- the "halcyon days." conditions then can l.arlli compare with the presenU Throngh diligent work h. iho Kentucky Stat.- Racing Commission and co-operation ol the four Jockey ,-iulis. the events today are far riches than -it any time in the hlstorj of the spmt in Kentucky. While the ateetiags to he held rlii- spring in Louisville are to be short, over 00,000 will l , di-i rihnieil among the horsemen. One event alone, the latest addition to Kentucky -takes, the Kentucky Man, Heap, will he worth over 0.4100. Thi* evenl lake- the place of one of ihe handicaps formerly t un over mi.- of the eastern tracks. While uoi possessinf! the -aim atmosiihere a* the Kentucky Herh.-. the Kentucky Handicap will help to bring l lie l , s: hoist- in training here tin- spring. There i- a motion before Ihe Kentneky State Racing Commission, which will he taken up nest month, increasing the amount to he given by jnekej • lull- in stake* and purses. While- iln- -pml i- in its pr.-, -in condition, it is only fair thai Ihe h.,;-,- men -I Id gel their lull -liar,- of the profits. Since tie- pas-in:: of the bookmaker* In Kentucky, ami in.- the day* at the turf plunger* are now only a mallei- of history, purses should lie imii in such amounts a- will enable horsemen to earn a living; from the winnings "l theii horse*. Reports of sin-Cessful plunks made bj owner- injur. • Iln- -port ami raise Ihe public to fear thai il is not being uM.-ii an even break. Rnl where purses carrj atone i.i., vain, enough t insure honesl racing. Ihiet • i-iio reason wIm the sport in Keulurk] should noi thrive imi -low to irreater proportions. Kditia-ial in Louisville Coiiri, i foiirnal.

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