Here and There on the Turf: Hawthorne Racing a Certainty.; Not Depending on Enactment of a Law.; Promised Tanforan Stake Racing., Daily Racing Form, 1923-02-19


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Here and There on the Turf Hawthorne Racing a Cer ¬ tainty taintyNot Not Depending on Enact ¬ ment of a Law LawPromised Promised Tanf oran Stake Racing While every effort is to be made to give Illinois a law validating mutuel betting on racing to put the sport on a firm basis Chi ¬ cago is assured of some 1923 meeting any ¬ how Hawthorne folk are going right along with preparations for their spring meeting and before long it is probable there will b3 an announcement made of the officials who will preside The intention is to obtain the best men available and as far as may be possible make the racing worthy of the city The progress of the bills now before or to be placed before the legislature of the state will be watched with great interest by the entire thoroughbred horse world but the enactment of a law is not essential to a race meeting It was demonstrated last fall that racing can be conducted under the existing laws of Illi ¬ nois and even should there be no action at Springfield Hawthorne will go right along alongIt It is admitted that suitable laws definitely fixing the status of betting on the sport would be of great value and in fact the operation of at least one of the proposed turf bodies of Chicago is dependent upon the passage of such a law But it must not be thought that the defeat of the bills means no racing racingThe The improvements that are going forward forwardj at Hawthorne contemplate the expenditure of a considerable sum of money and they will in ¬ clude the building of a clubhouse that will add greatly to the accommodations at the track trackAnother Another change that will be made before the opening of the spring meeting is a new entrance This will be constructed on a scale that will afford every facility for the prompt handling of automobiles and in the general entrances there will be sufficient box offices to serve the crowds expeditiously Although it has been decided to postpone the opening of the Tanforaa meeting until November the plans are going forward to have it all that was intended when the project was first announced The capitalists who are as ¬ sociated in this revival at the old racing ground are taking a lively interest in the preparations and the stake program that has been suggested should result in truly high class sport sportIt It is unusual for a Derby to be run late in the fall but a Derby is one of the important offerings It is proposed to run it over the recognized mile and a half distance and com ¬ ing at the late season it ought to find many a seasoned threeyearold ready to race brilliantly over such a route The Tanforan Cup is another of the proposed features and it is to be over the two miles distance Two stake races at a mile and an eighth and another at a mile and a quarter suggest that the racing will be framed along lines that mean some ¬ thing and will call for all that is best in the thoroughbred In the meantime there will be no lack of opportunity for the horsemen who elect to keep their racing strings in the far west for the summer months The Western Fair As ¬ sociation has already announced that its racing will begin in the middle of May and there will be abundance of opportunity for the horses until late in the fall and the opening of Tijuana No closing date has been an ¬ nounced for Tijuana up to this time and it is possible that the racing there will be carried along until well into summer summerSome Some of the tracks that will be operated by the Western Fair Association at San Jose Santa Rosa Petaluma Stockton Sacramento Colusa Hanford Fresno Santa Ana Red Bluff and Riverside This is the little circuit and in addition to this racing there is to be the more important meetings at Reno and Pleasanton PleasantonThe The state of Washington it is hoped is to have a circuit that will hold out many induce ¬ ments to the stables Altogether the far west gives promise of having sufficient racing to keep a large number of thoroughbreds busy the year around without ever making the long trip to Kentucky Maryland or New York

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