Change New Tracks Name: Marylands Latest Race Course to be Called Bengies Park, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-03


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CHANGE NEW TRACKS NAME MARYLANDS LATEST RACE COURSE TO BE CALLED BENGIES PARK. To Have Sovoral Stakes for First Meeting, Including a 5,000 Derby Opening Day Plant Under Contract for Construction. By Ed Cole. New York, December 2. Some changes have been made in regard to the name of the new track near Baltimore, also in the name of the corporation. Instead of Goodwood Park, it is to be known as Ben-gies Park, and the association will be registered as the East J.altimore Driving Association, Limited. The plant is now under contract for construction, and so far have the racing plans advanced that a Derby worth ,000 will be run on the opening day and several stake fixtures programmed for the first meeting, dates for which will be applied for from the New York Jockey Club as soon as the plant is in course of construction. That the new track and those promoting it are acceptable to Baltimoreans, is gathered from an article in the Baltimore News, which says: "What will be the attitude of the Baltimore County Racing Commission toward the new mile track to be built near Bengies no one was prepared to say today. Members of the commission sought by a News reporter were not in, and Gustave T. Dalcour, secretary of the commission, said he had not heard a word on the subject from any member of the commission and did not know when the next meeting would be held. "It is not expected that the commission will have any occasion to consider the proposed new track until the projectors of the scheme apply for racing dates. This may not be until April, by which time the new track should be pretty well advanced toward completion. "The law requiring that dates shall be applied for not later than April 10, and that the commission shall not act later than April 15, and the total number of days to be granted in any one year in Baltimore County is limited to seventy. No one corporation or association shall be granted more than twenty-six days. "As the number of days that races can be run is now limited, Mr. Dalcour said he did not believe it probable that a new track would increase the number of days heretofore granted. "He said, that in addition to the single one-mile track at Pimlico, there had been four half-mile tracks and that the racing commission had limited the half-mile tracks to five days each in one year, which limit had been adopted by the New Vork Jockey Club for all tracks under its jurisdiction. So that it appears probable that if the proposed new track, is finished and applies for dates, its days will be taken from the tracks that otherwise might have had them. Pimlico has been getting the full twenty-six days allowed by law ever since the Baltimore County law was enacted. "It is said in racing circles that the promoters of the new track have themselves pretty well intrenched, and that it is their policy to go along with the New York Jockey Club in matters where the Pimlico people have antagonized them. In addition, the new track promoters are offering their capital stock for sale to the public and hope to get at least a thousand Marylanders interested in the venture. The stocks of the other mile tracks in Maryland are closely held. Wide distribution of the stock of the new concern will put the backers in stronger position when the anti-race track fight comes up at Annapolis in 1918. "The law, it was pointed out, requires the racing convnission of Baltimore County to state in writing its reasons for refusing a license to a race track and that such refusal is subject to review by the Circuit Court of Baltimore County."

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