Deny Hot Springs Report: Rumor that Jefferson Livingston Is Behind Revival Project Is Without Foundation., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-28


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DENY HOT SPRINGS REPORT Rumor that Jefferson Livingston LivingstonIs Is Behind Revival Project Is IsWithout Without Foundation HOT SPRINGS Ark March 27 Jeffer ¬ son Livingston owner of Firebrand and other good horses also interested with Je ¬ rome B Itespess in breeding thoroughbred horses denied that he had in contemplation the purchase of the Oaklawn race track here with a view to holding a meeting here next spring following immediately on the heels of the New Orleans meetings meetingsAbsolutely Absolutely nothing in the report that I am acting for myself or others to acquire the Oaklawn track said Mr Livingston LivingstonMy My mission here is to obtain some much needed rest and keep away from the busi ¬ ness grind for a time timeWhen When I leave here I shall visit Louisville where my horses are at present quartered their training supervised by A L Kirby After a brief visit there I shall go on to Mr Respess farm to look over the yearlings and weanlings and then on to Chicago and New York I intend to shape my affairs so that I can enjoy the spring ineeting at Churchill Downs without interruption I am planning t to stay there throughout the period of racing t and also to witness some at Latonia The desire for racing here has not abated one whit among the merchants but resump ¬ tion of the sport at Oaklawn is remote There was a period when the business men took a keen interest in the reopening of the track i and lent their best effort and time toward the project That spirit is no longer mani ¬ fest and if hoof beats are again heard at Oaklawn it will be accomplished by other than the present passive methpds of its owners ownersThe The Oaklawn track is being kept up in detail and could be available for racing in seventytwo hours hoursIt It has a ninerhole golf course in its center field and hundreds of golf enthusiasts avail themselves of the links daily It derives quite a revenue from this source sourceCharles Charles Cella who controls the property has had several oertures made to him for the transfer of the property but negotiations fell through The price asked for the prop ¬ erty is said to be in excess of its value con ¬ sidering its disuse for racing racingThe The late R J Mackenzie was the latest eager to interest himself in the possibility that the sport here would soon be restored He had as an ally in the enterprise James F OHara the guiding spirit of the Bowie track Mr Mackenzie conferred with Joseph M Martin representing the Cella interests 1 by long distance telephone but nothing came of the matter Mr Mackenzie soon after de ¬ parted for Los Angeles where he succumbed to pneumonia pneumoniaSeveral Several Kentuckians also have tried from time to time to take over the properties but without avail availThere There are some who incline to believe that there is a chance for favorable legislation at the next term of the Arkansas legislature i but the knowing ones differ in this and aver that the time is far off when this contingency can be realized

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