Mutuels In The Old Days In Kentucky., Daily Racing Form, 1913-04-24


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MUTUELS IN THE OLD DAYS IN KENTUCKY Louisville Ky April 25 Little has neon said of the last time the parimutuel jraols were employed at Churchill Downs previous to their general use on that track siuce the Kentucky State Racing Commis ¬ sion a few years ago decided this to he the only form of betting permissible on race courses in this state The last inutuel pooling in the old days look place In 18S9 when Spokane and Proctor Knott ran in the Kentucky Derby Cathcart Watts Hughes who ran the old Turf Exchange in Third street that season would not come to the terms Col M Lewis Clark demanded for the betting ring privileges As a result Colonel Clark put on the mutucl machines and throw the hotting ring open to any reputable booking firm elesiring lo operate at the usual price of 10O per day The devices used that dny were only of the 2 variety hut even then they made a hit as Proctor Knott beaten by Si okane paid 1 to 2 for place in the machines while the liookmakers quoted no odds at all for the place against Sam Bryants great gelding The devices however were only operated one day during that meeting as the next day the differences between Colonel Clark and the bookmakers were adjusted and Oatheart Watts Hughes took charge of the ring

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