New Race Track Contemplated.: Proposition Under Way to Construct Up-to-Date Course for Running Raes at Colombo, Ohio., Daily Racing Form, 1917-02-08


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NEW RACE TRACK CONTEMPLATED. Proposition Under Way to Construct Up-to-Date Course for Running Races at Columbus, Ohio. A running race track is in contemplation at Columbus. Ohio, is the the report received from that city. Kunners have been barred from Ohio for years, but the trotters have been performing in the shadow of the capital for many years, with real. live bookmaking going on. The running truck to be buBt then will be in connection with an automobile spc dway. In writing about it Charles E. Krossman, who is a resident of Columbus, s.ivs: "The Columbus Motor Speedway and Horse Kn-ing Company, of Columbus. Ohio, has just issued a printed prespecfis and financial plan preliminary to the selling of stock and financing the proposition. The company is organized under the laws of Ohio and must have intrinsic merit, other wise the barter could not be obtained nor the stock sold in this state. The promotors have secured an option on. and expect to purchase outright, a valuable tract of land of about "00 acres, conveniently located and easy of access, situated about two miles west from the loading hotels and the central part of the city. Two street car lines, an interuiban line and one steam railroad operate directly to the grounds, so that the transportation question is already taken care of. and the patrons can be comfortably anil satisfactorily served. It is proposed to constrict an up-to-date motor speedway, with all of the required eceou asrlas, and give two automobile race meetings each year of a class and condition that will attract and induce the famous race drivers of the country to enter and compete for liberal purses. On the inside of this speedway it is plannd to have a regulation race track for running horses, equal to any in America and dedicated entirely to the thoroughbred horse, thereby giving the plant a doubl" earning capacity. Columbus is well equipped to take care of the immense crowds that these races will draw. Numerous popular and well-managed hotels that do not put up the price when the city is crowded with visitors; a street ear system second to none and a Hoard of Trade that is active and watchful, reaching out to help any BCWSOSttiea that will arUW people to Columbus and help the busl ness men of the city. All are arguments in favor of tiie realization of this project. Ohio Formerly Noted for Thoroughbreds. "Central Ohio has always been a great horse-breeding country, and in the old days numerous celebrated breeding farms were in evidence and horses, famous the world over, were owned and trained within a radius of fifty miles from the Capitol city. Progressive breeders were scattered all over this territory and the Ohio bred, raised and trained race horse was able to SCSSaasatrate that it was the- equal, if not superior, to the race bene bred and raised in any other section of the United States. It is hard to conceive of a more brilliant band of horses than Imp, IV-ssie Bisland, Konni- Lizzie. Nellie Peyton. Lady Middle ton, Did. Business, Edwin A. Surge. Ninihh foot. Pilot. Hope dak . Bads or, Add. Kene, Orsnie, Hoodwink, Millie M.. St. Joe. Hector. Fair Count. Wedding Day. P.:. Ik Line. Ace. Fair Deceiver, etc.. all owned by re aldtntS of central Ohio. I simply mentioned these f.w geed winners to show that Ohio bones were as good as any and able to win :[ .iy piece. "Uf noted siies we have had Bonnie Scotland, Revolver, Hurrah. Vanguard, Kyrle Daly. Chillicothe. Ringsaaster, Dudley. Crenada. Dr. Dice. Montrose. Dullard. Kob Wesley, King William and many others distinguished on the turf and in the steal, which were owned in the counties adjacent to Co-lunilus. Fairfield. Doss. Pickaway. Franklin. Madison. Licking. M.i-kigum. Champaign, Marion, and Fayette counties were the homes of these great sires, and in these counties now there is a regard and leve for the thoroughbred among the people who are familiar with the characteristics of that breed of horses that amounts almost to an infatuation. The men who owned these Celebrated horses WCTC bug • farmers, progressive live stock men. who were necking to improve the breed, honored and respected in the communities in which they lived and leaden in everything. Th" names of Kobor. rouse. Dun. Koiiiek. Thurman. Chancy, Van Mi ter, Harness. Millar. McConnell. Jennings. Noyes. Klandy. etc. were names to conjure with in the agricultural de-velopssent of the State. If the anticipation of a high -class race track should be aaajghUMj by the promoters in Columbus it would do more to revive the breeding interests of the state than anything that has happened in a long while. Ohio bneden would again come to the front and be anaalncnt. Columbus would then receive publicity throughout the whole country, thousands of people would come to the races and each leave a little money that does not now come to the city at all. be instrumental in establishing a lined of horses in the surrounding country that would be desirable and efficient army remounts, give the citizens good, ctenn, healthy, attractive, enjoyable sport, and place Ohio up into the position she formerly occupied and where she properly belongs — in the forefront of the horse breeding states of the union. The prn-aseten of this enterprise feel confident of ancceaa an I have a ei aside ruble amount of stoek. already siil i i ilid. Therefore, from all appearance, the proposition seems sure to lie a go."

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