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I AIR GROUNDS RACING OF HIGH STANDARD. Meeting of 1917 Promises to Eclipse the Season of the Past Year. "Since its revival here in 1914. thoroughbred racing lias weathered several storms." says the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "One or two of which j threatened to stamp it out again. The good points I in the sport of kings came to its rescue, however — the clouds have passed away — and on the I morn of the opening of the 1917 season all indications are that this winters sport will eclipse any racing meeting ever held in New Orleans. "The season lacks only length. And in the opinion of the officials of the Business Mens Racing Association, as well as those who have the good of the sport at heart, the brevity of the season is more a recommendation than a fault. "In the past there have been race meetings held hpre to extend over a perod of 100 racing days. These seasons all were successful, but for the good accomplished cannot be compared with last winters season. Though of only fifty -seven days duration, the Ull meeting was a great success, and its constructive qualities were echoed in the magnificent educational agricultural and live stock fair which its success made possible. "Gradually the standard of racing here is being lifted. Last years season overshadowed that of the year before. This years sport promises to belittle the season of the past year. "There is gathered in New Orleans this winter a fine collection of horses. No Canadian track could boast the number and class of thoroughbreds as now stamp in the stalls at the Fair Grounds, while few of the Kentucky tracks approached the present meeting. "Star performers of the American and English turf are here by scores, and the standing of their owners is the highest on any race course anywhere, according to expert opinion. Rigid rules aid regulations, determinedly adhered to by the racing officials, have weeded out the unruly element, and the authorities feci safe in saying that New Orleans will have a clean race season. "Tourists already are here by hundreds to spend the winter. Reports which they bring, as well as those reports which drift down from the North and East, predict the greatest influx of winter visitors that New Orleans ever saw. Merchants and manufacturers of the city are enthused at the outlook for a prosperous season, as it seems practically certain that the approach of Mardi Gras will find thousands here on pleasure trips."