Operation of the Miller Law, Daily Racing Form, 1913-03-25


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OPERATION OF THE MILLER LAW. Whether or not the passing and enforcing of the Miller law iu Canada, relative to horse racing, together with its other sundry restrictions, has been in the Iiest Interests of the sport,, has been a subject for much discussion. The arguments, both pro and con, are many and varied, consequently H. H. Miller and his bill have been a target for the "knockers" on either side. Promoters of race meetings throughout the Dominion found the limitation of the number of racing days a bitter pill to swallow. The horsemen felt the effect of the measure to a greater extent, and then came a solution of the problem. With the addition of a couple of new tracks enough days of racing can now be given to cope with the demands of the owners and warrant them In continuing their ■tables at the great expense. Each winter season the "space writers" organize a number of new racing associations throughout the country, and new tracks are to be built that never materialize. A howl is then raised by the "antis" that we are having more racing than ever before, under t.ie Miller law, which is absolutely wrong. Previous to the passing of this bill continuous racing prevailed on the five Canadian circuit mile tracks collectively, comprising Toronto. Montreal. Hamilton. Windsor and Fort Erie, from about May 20 until the middle of October, annuallv. the actual number of racing days totaling alwut 125. On these same tracks last year onlv seventy davs racing was given, and with Ottawa included this year the number will be increased to only eightv-four days. The half-mile courses also ran wild at that time. and on which there was practically as much racing as on the mile tracks. Meetings of tlnrtv days duration were common both here and at Montreal, while other points in the east provided the scene of action on various occasions. With the number of half-mile tracks In commission last year there was less racing than on the- "milers," or sixtv-seven days In all. a vast difference from the olden days The shake-up has had a good effect, however. The meetings have been conducted on a higher plane and clean racing lias been the result. — Toronto Star.

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