Too Much Activity May be Harmful, Daily Racing Form, 1917-01-13


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TOO MUCH ACTIVITY MAY BE HAEMFUL. Of the recent activities of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a turf writer has the following to say: "Members of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association have been so active lately at the winter tracks that some fear is felt by some of the wiser members that the organization might go on the rocks, because of the cver-anxiety of some of the members to raise a distu bailee % the slightest provocation. It seems that nothing the race tracks can do nowndays satisfies certain members of this association. Every time a new rule is iiosted, every time something is suggested, there is an immediate call sent out for a meeting of the members of the association. It looks as though some of the members are a little intoxicated over the seemingly great power thrust into their hands all of a sudden. "The latesi outbreak s-oms to be at New Orleans, where some of the members are dissatisfied with the divsion of the run-up money. After a couple of years of experimentation, the New Orleans management decided the 1 est way to dispose of the run-up money was to divide it fifty, thirty and twenty between the second, third and fourth horses. Windsor and other tracks found this to be a satisfactory method but somebody at New Orleans believed that he would not get as much of it this way as if it were paid out in some other manner, and now the Thoroughbred Association has met and registered a protest against it. If tiie real truth comes out it will be found that those fostering the change in conditions, expect to have about a 30 per cent, shade over the others. This has always been the case and is now. "The Thoroughbred Association can be a big thing to the turf if conducted in the proper manner and under certain conditions, but when it rushes off and holds a meeting every time some one member fails to find a race in the book which he can win from twenty to thirty lengths, it is going to be like the old case of giving certain persons enough rope and they will hang themselves."

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