New Deal at Lexington: Stockholders of the Kentucky Association Elect Directors and Officers, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-10


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; i i . ! NEW DEAL AT LEXINGTON STOCKHOLDERS OF THE KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION ELECT DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS. Catesby Woodford Comes in Again as Vice-President List of Stakes For Next Springs Meeting. Lexington, Ivy., December 9. Catesby Woodford, who last February resigned the presidency of the Kentucky Association and was succeeded by Chairman Johnson N. Camden of the State Racing Commission, is again in control of Lexingtons historic racing organization and plant, and will give the sport he has loved so long his best interest. Senator Camden, who is ill at Hot Spring, Ark., was re-elected president, but Mr. Woodford supplants Overton H. Chenault as vice-president and will be the active head of the organization, while the details will be worked out by an executive committee, also of Mr. Woodfords choosing. It appears that at the annual meeting of the stockholders in December, 1915, it was suggested that the board of directors elected that day, should adopt by-laws as provided for in the articles of incorporation, and the directors at their meeting subsequently appointed a committee to prepare them. Prior to the adoption of the by-laws it had been customury for the president to appoint the executive committee. The by-laws put that authority and power into the hands of the directors, making the president and three directors the executive committee, with all the power of the full board of directors when the nine directors were not in session. Mr. Woodford appears to have been piqued over this action of the directors and he forthwith forwarded his resignation. At a meeting of the directors on February 26 last, President Camden, a staunch friend of Mr. Woodford, was selected to succeed him. Peculiarly enough, he was elected by the vote of vice-president Overton H. Chenaults who was his opponent. Recently Mr. AVoodford concluded that he would again like to manage the affairs of the association and he set about quietly to gather proxies of the stockholders and, when the annual meeting was called to order last Tuesday, he showed up with 240 of the 420 votes, while former sheriff Dan W. Scott, one of his friends, held SO more votes, it is said. This disclosure was something of a surprise to the majority of the menjbsra 5f the board of directors as then constituted. They had not been aware that a movement for control had been inaugurated. Some one made a motion that Mr. Woodford nominate a board of directors and he promptly umned the following: J. N. Camden, G. D. Wilson, R. L. Baker, J. O. Milam. A. B. Gallaher, D. W. Scott, John G. Stoll, Matt J. Winn and Catesby Woodford. These were promptly elected. The retiring directors were O. H. Chenault, Hal Price Headley, T. C. McDowell and A. B. Hancock. The following day the directors elected Messrs. Camden, president; Woodford, vice-president, and R. L. Baker, J. C. Milam and A. 15. Gallaher, executive committee, Baker being named chairman of the committee. Vice-President Catesby Woodford and the executive committee of the Kentucky Association this afternoon met and agreed upon the following list of stakes, to be raced at the spring meeting, which is to open here April 28, for eleven days. Camden Handicap, for three-year-olds and over, one and one-quarter miles; ,500 added. Ben Ali Handicap, for three-year-olds and over, one and one-sixteenth miles; ,500 added. Derby Trial Purse, for three-year-olds, one and one-eighth miles;,000 added. Ashland Oaks, for three-year-old fillies, one mile; ,200 added. Hinata Stakes, for two-year-old fillies, four and one-half furlongs; ,200 added. Idle Hour Stakes, for two-year-old colts and geldings, four and one-half furlongs; ,200 added. To the owner of the winner of each of these stakes, the association also will present a silver cup. Tne stakes are to close February 10, 1917, with secretary G. D. Wilson. The Breeders Futurity will be raced at the fall meeting. The executive committee contracted with James P. Ross for his services for another year as track superintendent. Mr.. Ross has been in this position for a number of years and has made good until he is regarded as one of the best in the country, Governor O. A. Stanley, in meeting with the directors of the Thoroughbred Horse Association here this afternoon, stated that he favors limiting the license for stallions, jacks and bulls to a reasonable maximum sum and that the Thoroughbred Horse Association officials may so inform the State Tax Commission and the General Assembly. Under the present law stallion, bull and jack owners, are required to pay an annual license equivalent to the sum of the service fee charged. This law has had a tendency to keep the best blood private, and to deprive the state of advantages that would accrue from a more general dissemination of such blood.

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