Dissension In Canadian Association.: Horsemen Who Race on Half-Mile Tracks Not in Favor of Recent Rulings., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-03


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DISSENSION IN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION. Horsemen Who Race on Half-Mile Tracks Not in Favor of Recent Rulings. Toronto. Ont.. May 2.— The Thoroughbred norse Association in Canada is not yet a year old and already there is dissension in the ranks. Although some of the meetings of its members held last year were of a stormy nature, eveiything went fairly well until fall, when it was decided at a meeting in Toronto to race at Devonshire Park. Windsor, and the entrance of this track into the field has been directly responsible for the agitation and probable adverse legislation against racing in parliament during the 1917 sessions. At a meeting in Montreal last week of the newly-appointed executive committee it was decided to demand heat in the jockeys quarters in the spring and fall, that the associations must hang up added money to parses, and they must install iiiutuel machiiis. and give no purse at the half-mile tracks of less than 00 value. These decisions do not meet with the approval of the horsemen, members of the association, who race on the Canadian half-mile tracks and who are at present located at the local courses. A meeting of the horsemen who race over the minor tracks was held here Saturday and they were unanimous in the opinion that, after taking into consideration the present unsettled conditions generally, it would be unreasonable to make these demands from the local track owners, and that there is no reason to insist on larger purses in the east. No Representation on Committee. "Why, we have no representation on the committee." said one Canadian horseman. "In the first place, the appointment of this commit.ee was irregular. We ; ay SM a year to hsessaa members of this association, and for what? Are we not entitled to a vote as to who will constitute our committee and make our laws? Presidential rule may be all right in Kentucky, but wont go in this part of the country. "I tahe exception to the presidents appointment of the 1917 Canadian committee." he continued, "without their being elected in the usual way. by vote. Furthermore, it was emphatically stated by our organizer. Mr. Wilson, that horsemen not financially interested in race tracks would constitute our committee. On the contrary two of the number are directly interested in mile tracks in Canada, while another one closely associated with the owners of two other mile tracks, holds office. The latter • iid all in his power to prevent the organization of the Horsemens Association last year. In fact he went on; of his way to knock us in our fights at Deb.i-imicr Park and Mount Royal." "To say the least, the situation is rather critical and unless something is done at once there may lie a split in our ranks." said another horseman, "and that would be regrettable. We dont propose to stand by these two resoluti ; in any event coming apparently from a source where oar laser eats are a secondary consideration. In fact it looks like a move to put us little fellows out of balls* SB and we must prated t ourselves."

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