Kentucky Tracks Not Large Enough: Increasing Patronage Creates a Problem that Kentucky Jockey Club Officials Must Solve., Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-12


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KENTUCKY TRACKS NOT LARGE ENOUGH Increasing Patronage Creates a Problem that Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Club Officials Must Solve LATONIA Ky June 11 The wonderful pros perity attending all the race meetings in Kentucky this year has brought to the attention of the Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Club officials the urgent necessity of enlarging their plants to accommodate the ever in ¬ creasing patronage While the past policy has been to add a good slice of surplus earnings to the various stake features and overnight purses and it is the intention of the present management to con ¬ tinue to do so provisions must be made to furnish more adequate accommodations for the public who make inThe possible the big revenues now pouring in The officials of the Kentucky Jockey Club realize this and general manager M J Winn the practical racing man in the organization talked along these strains after he watched the crowds at Latonia last week weekI I fully realize that our present plants are in ¬ adequate said Colonel Winn and after all we must come to the European way of running race meetings They have been running racing over there for centuries and experience has taught them how to care for the enormous crowds with a degree of comfort comfortThe The big problem confronting us at the present time is the enlargement of our tracks If we are to give the people what they really want we must rebuild the entire race course The track must be a mile and an eighth or a mile and a quarter to give ample lawn space Then if we are able to provide that space we should arrange our paddocks as they do abroad That Is we should have sep ¬ arate inclosures with separate prices of admission The man with a dollar should be given the oppor ¬ tunity of playing and watching the races as well as the man who can afford to pay twice that sum for his amusement Then again I believe the res ¬ taurant feature as employed on foreign tracks is more countryOver successful than in this country Over there popularpriced restaurants to con ¬ form with the price of admission paid to the several inclosures are there for the benefit of the race goers and the prices in them are not excessive as they are in most race track restaurants in this country countryThe The people make an entire day of the races and the plants are spacious enough to accommodate all There Is a big problem confronting us and either Douglas Park or Crurchill Downs and then find out the same the following year that he have the same knotty question to solve The board is going slow on this matter and when it makes a decision it will be for the best interests of all ends of the sport of racing

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