Inquiry to be Continued at Windsor, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-04


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INQUIRY TO BE CONTINUED AT WINDSOR TOItoX1Hf7--int., October 3. The preliminary racing Incpjiry r this district closed last night, with the commissioner moving on to Windsor, where he will sit on Saturday. There will be further hearings In Toronto, as commissioner Rutherford implied that it might be necessary to subpoena some witnesses J,y .compel the tiroductioii of any evidence which Wi, not given voluntarily. The social service eommissihfi will also have, a chance to present its side of thu case when the commissioner returns at a later date. A. M. Orpen stated that lie was the proprietor of the Dutferin and Hilkrest tracks, but that his profit on these tracks were limited to the running meetings, as the tracks were merely leased to other parties for the trottiug races from 1010 to 1017. He stated his profits had fluctuated, and trusting to memory in the absence of books he put it at anywhere from 2,000 to 0,000 a year. These profits were split between himself and Thomas Hare. Joseph E. Martin, secretary-treasurer and general manager of the Niagara Racing Association, which operates the Fort Erie track, understood that the track had been acquired prior to 1010 by four men, three of whom had operated race tracks in the Vnited States. He was not prepared to confirm W. K. Raneys quotation from the records of the organization placing its profits on one meeting in 1017 at 100 per cent on its capital stock, of 100,-000. The rake-off on pari-niutuel machines at Fort Erie, he declared, Lad never exceeded ten per cent. I

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