Racing For The Masses: Sport in England and France So Conducted, Says Champion Jack Dempsey., Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-13


view raw text

RACING FOR THE MASSES Sport in England and France So Conducted Says Champion Jack Dempsey Racing in England and France is for the masses says Jack Dempsey champion boxer of the world who only recently returned from abroad where he had the pleasure of witnessing how the sport is conducted in Europe Here is what he says Longchamps is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen in my life They tell me it is far and away the finest race course in the world and 1 can well believe it itIt It is practically right in the city We got there after a few minutes taxi ride through a great park What struck me was the big crowd They tell me there must have been close to 100000 people there and this on Sunday SundayIn In France and in England they put racing in reach of the masses The price of admis ¬ sion is very low and everybody goes whereas in America the admission to the race trades is so high nowadays that a poor chap cannot attend very often oftenI I suppose the fact that racing Is the peoples amusement in France and England Is responsible for there never being any agi ¬ tation against it as in America I saw whole families on the infield at Longchamps moth ¬ er daddy and the kids making a regular outing of the thing thingThe The grandstand at Longchamps is a won ¬ derful affair At a distance it looks more like a fine villa than anything else The track is green turf and everywhere in the background are green trees What a spot it is In front of the grandstand is a wide grav ¬ eled promenade that they call the lawn in America Between races the swells wander up and down this promenade I judge their main idea is to be seen rather than to see

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1922061301_12_4
Library of Congress Record: