Seeking A Solution In Canada, Too., Daily Racing Form, 1916-05-13


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SEEKING A SOLUTION IN CANADA. TOO. Francis Nelson com men ts in the Toronto Globe am the new selling race surplus rule of the Jockey Club as follows: "A rule that makes it profitable to have a string of bud horses cannot possibly work out to the gen- oral good, it seems to me. I am not quite clear as to the best disposition of the selling race surplus, but I have always held that the jockey clubs had no right to any part of it. The origin of the custom under which half goes to the clubs is lost in obscurity, and I have never come across any sound reason for it in the first place. Whatever it was built on. the condition does not apply nowadays, and the club funds need no help from this source. It goes into the general treasury of the clubs and is not appropriated to any special purpose. The present mode is admittedly unsatisfactory, but we are not able to sit down and say we have arrived at the right conclusion for a new rule. "William Walker, now at his Toronto home, who can be depended on to tell what is on his mind, was the spokesman of the horsemens delegation whose representations resulted in the increased purses at Havre de Grace. He says that application will be made to the Canadian Racing Associations for a change of the Canadian rule, but it is certain that there will not be unanimity in favor of the substitution of the eastern rule, which is opposed by several well-known trainers at Woodbine, though they agree that some change is desirable. It is certain also that a demand will lie made by some owners who race at the half-mile tracks for an increase of the purses there. The two in Toronto are badly situated in that respect, as they will be under a burden of ,250 a day for the provincial tax that does not prevail in Quebec."

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