Maryland Racing Tangles: State Racing Commission Inclined to the Reduction of Days of Sport, Daily Racing Form, 1921-01-29


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MARYLAND RACING TANGLES State Racing Commission Inclined to the Reduction of Days of Sport. BALTIMORE, Md.. .January 28. Notiee was received today by the racing commission that the Maryland State Fair laurel will file formal application for twenty-five racing days. beginning October 1. This means that it is not proposed lo lave a spring meeting at Laurel, as is now per missible under the racing eointnissioii act. Heretofore millings have been legal at Laurel only in the month of October, indications are that Laurel will not get the full twenty-five days asked for because tin- racing commission has already broadly intimated that it will cut the number of racing dates this year on one-mile tracks below the on. hundred days allowed by law. This matter will [be thrashed out when the commission units sum. time after l-ehruary 1 to grant dati - for Hi ltire | year on the mile tracks. The Barfce racing commission bill, as originally introduced and. in fact, as reported by the house ! .judiciary committee, provided for a maximum of 112 racing days in the state. The number of days was reduced 1. 1 one hundred by amendment in the house to shut off another amendment making a still greater reduction. Since the financial reports of the track have shown that such a large amount of money has been taken in betting commission* and admissions fees Hie racing commission is eon sidering the wisdom of reducing the number of days below that aliowid by law so as to appease opposition to belting. To date the racing rwmailesioa has not heea able I to make much progress with its plans for estab- | lishlag a breeding bureau finaacied by race track i sioneys. All of the four one-mile tracks have indi I cated a willingness to contribute from time to j time to the proponed 08,008 In ceiling bureau fund. I but none has yet been called upon actually to pay ! any cash. Furthermore the communication from the Maryland Jockey Club Pimlico seems to have a string tied to it in a statement to the effect 1 that the contribution will be made to a fund that J. has. .ii,., ai»u*»ivil ai Tbuimis L. s . . ;,ri of one of the departments of the State College of Agriculture. If the proposed breeding bureau is to be stalled it remains for the racing commission to I complete the membership by naming three members ■ not connected with the commission or with the race tracks. A— . — I —

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