Halt Tijuana Races: Governor of Lower California Orders Suspension of Sport, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-06


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I i J j I j j j I HALT TIJUANA RACES Governor of Lower California Orders Suspension of Sport. - Revocation of Restriction Comes Later and Racing Will Be Resumed Today. There was no racing at Tijuana yesterday. Shortly after the noon hour Daily Racing Forms Tijuana correspondent sent the following dispatch: "San Diego, Cal., December 5. Owing to false propaganda circulated by certain persons to the effect that there is trouble in Tijuana, which is entirely false, things never being more orderly, orders were received from the governor of Lower California today suspending racing until the matter can be investigated. The management of the Tijuana Jockey Club hopes to quickly straighten out the matter and resume racing at once." Later in the afternoon another dispatch came reading as follows : "San Diego, Cal., December 5. A 2 p. m. order, just received by governor Lugo c Lower California from secretary Goberna-cion of the Mexican Federal Government at Mexico City, saying to order the Tijuana Jockey Club to resume racing and continue with their plans for the future. It also s;u I that, after investigation by Mexican officia i. it was learned there was no truth in tin reported trouble at Tijuana. Todays entri a stand and the races will be run tomorrow. The present controversy at Tijuana is n it at all new. It is only another phase of a struggle to oust J. W. Coffroth and his associates from possession and control of the Mexican track. For the last two years Jerome A. Bassity of San Francisco and others interested in til Zaragoza Investment Company have hovi carrying on a bitter fight to secure posession of the land on which the disputed raca track is located. It. is said that the land was purchase I about the time the San Diego and Arizon i Railway was projected by W. Clayton aril H. L. Titus of the Spreokels Company ar. I R. C. Gillis, a Los Angeles capitalist. Oth r tracts of land were also purchased along tun right of way by these men, who incorporate! under the name of the Zaragoza Investment Company. In September, 1920, it was said that theo owners sold the land to Jerome Bassity anl his associates, who then began their unsuccessful struggle to wrest from J. W. Coit-roth and his partners in the Tijuana Jo. k r Chin possession of the race track, where ti i winter season of 1922-1923 began on Thank -giving Day. The day before the present meeting bcr n it was rumored that the Bassity interests had won the fight and would be in possession of the track when it opened Thanksgiving Day. Such was not the case, however, and with a crowd estimated at over 10,000 people, the sport began at Tijuana, with J. W. Coffroth still at the helm. It is to be hoped that a peaceful solution of the trouble will be found and nothing don? to undermine the sport at that far western point just when conditions were most propitious for a revival of racing in California.

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