Marylands Proposed Racing Law: The 110 Days 0,000 a Day Plan Opposed by Reformers and Minor, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-18


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MARYLANDS PROPOSED RACING LAW The 110. Days 0,000 a Day Plan Opposed by Reformers and Minor Track Men. BALTIMORE. Md.. November 17. The proposed measure for the 110 days racing, with 0,000 a day taxation, for the Maryland tracks is being much discussed and finds favor generally. The so-called reform element and the. .small track people-quite influential in a political way denounce the scheme. The reformers want to annihilate betting as an evil influence and the merry-go-round owners oppose for revenue reasons. It is estimated that ,100,000 is approximately the amount of money now spent by the state annually in the upkeep of sfate and -state-aid hospitals and other institutions. If that estimate is correct the racing revenues provided under the proposed bill would care for all of this expense, assuming that Governor Ritchie is able to hold the appropriations for these purposes down to figures set by Governor Harrington. So, the supporters of the plan argue?, -the , hcw,1 revenue from racing would cover,"" in all likelihood, the new expenses which will be laid upon the state government and would enable the state government to escape imposing additional taxation upon the people of the state, in addition to the heavy increases which are about to be laid " by the city government and by some of tlie county governments. Tlie limiting of racing to 110 days in the year would just about cover the racing periods of the four one-mile tracks which have been running in Maryland. The exact number of racing days at some of the tracks varies- frotn -year to year. This year Hayro de Grace , has thirty days; , Pimlito twenty-six days; Laurel twenty -seven chtys, and i Bowie twenty-seven days. The total number ol days is 110. The two principal hnlf-niilc tracks, Gentlemens Driving Park and Tiuionium, have five days each. Hagerstown also has had ten days this year. The Upper Marlboro track has not been in operation this year, and the Prospect Park truck has closed.

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