Suggest Racing Law for Ohio: Revival of Sport in Buckeye State Would Re-Establish Breeding Industry-Big Source of Revenue, Daily Racing Form, 1919-02-14


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SUGGEST RACING LAW F0R0HI0 Revival of Sport in Buckeye State Would Re-Estab-lish Breeding Industry Big Source of Revenue. CINCINNATI, O., February 13. Now that the taxation question has become .u paramount aud absorbing topic with the lawmakers and financiers of the state, the land owners, real estate and busi- j ness men generally hardly .know which way to turn to secure the much-needed relief, and the state must find some other way to receive money to take the place of that secured in other years by way of the liquor license route and many different plans are suggested, writes Charles. E. Brossman. Would it not 1 wise to have a racing law passed in Ohio something similar to the law in Kentucky, so that the state would derive the income .from racing to whicli she is entitled and the people would gladly and willingly pay. Latoiiiu draws largely each year from Ohio in patronage and yet the club pays un. enormous sum of money- each year to the state ,of Kentucky, as "do all other racing . asso--Ndatioiis within the " states .ObioiJKcnive; jiotWagf A. considerable revenue is thus, derived by Kentucky from the different race tracks, the horse breeding industry greatly stimulated, stock farms have increased in value, the business is prosperous and booming and everything connected with the thoroughbred horse interests is prosperous and satisfactory m Kentucky, oil on account of this law. Thousands of dollars go Into Kentucky eaeh year from the outside because her lawmakers were wise enough and foresiglited enough to enact laws that would protect and encourage the breeding of thoroughbred horses. Ohio has ns fine stock farms nr -my state in the union, and better than most her olue grass, grain, hay, water and soil are second to none found in any other. . She has also in time past produced champions of all kinds that attracted the attention of the whole country and made famous the farms of the different breeders numerous: solid, responsible land owners were, engaged in breeding thoroughbreds in Ohio in the old days men whose names are identified with the history and development of the state. Now there is scarcely a thoroughbred sire or a thoroughbred brood mare to be found in the State, of Ohio. A, GREAT HORSE BREEDING STATE. If a reasonable law was passed. to encourage and control racing, this greut industry would once more become prominent and Ohio would again take her place where she properly belongs, lis one of the great horse breeding states of the Union and, in addition, a considerable -amount oti revenue provided. The state officials in Kentucky approve -and indorse tliis law. regulating racing by a state commission appointed by the governor, and its provisions ought to be better understood by the legislators of our states.. Governor A. O. Stanley, in a- letter .Avritten at Frankfort January 29, to Governor Ernest Lister of the State of Washington, -who- was- seeking information as to the value of this law, us an economic proposition, wrote as follows: 1 am advised by tiie secretary of th.e Thoroughbred Horse Association that the State of Washington contemplates the establishment of a racing commission resembling in all essential respects the. Kentucky State Itacins Commission, and he has requested me to write you touching the operation "of. this oreanization in Kentucky. This commission was created alwut thirteen years ago, consisting of five members; for terms of four years each, and I am pleased to advise you that they have given to Kentucky a most acceptable turf government, have elevated the plane upon which the ratling Is conducted, and in my humble opinion this method has met with the hearty approval, both of the people engaged in- the business of breeding and raeiug horses and of the public generally. Kentucky being the greatest producer of thoroughbred horses of the globe, witli the exception of Greut Britain, lias afforded an opportunity for a thorough test of the .practical efficiency of sucli a commission and after more than -a decade of experience I have no hesitancy in- approving unequivocally of this method of regulating the racing of horses in Kentucky or elsewhere." This is the opinion of one of the big men of the nation, and his judgment should carry much weight.

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