Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-10


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of April 10, IS03 Racing at Washington, Memphis and Oakland. Fred Foster paid a visit to Sheepshead Bay for the purpose of renewing old acquaintances and having a look at the thoroughbreds. Mr. Foster still has Dr. Rice stablexl at Hoboken and. although he has had several liberal of fers for the horse, he has not decided yet whether to sell or to breed the great thoroughbred himself. If the present intentions of the local authorities of the borough of Brooklyn are carried out this will be the last season that we will see racing at the Gravesend track of the Brooklyn Jockey Club. It is stated on the best authority that there is a movement, fostered by several members of the board of local improvements, to have streets cut through th" Gravesend track this year, completely de stroying it for racing purposes. Such action has been threatened several times during the past five years, but in each instance the calamity was averted. Several years ago the authorities succeeded in securing an extension of Avenue U, which cut off one end of the property, but it did not interfere with the track proper. Some of the stables owned by the Brooklyn Jockey Club are now located on the property that was cut off from the main plant. This time, however, it is said that the movement is certain to result in the carrying out of the project and that the streets above Avenue U will be continued through the property. It is said that powerful influ ences are at work to have the plan carried out and that a majority of the members of the board have been pledged to it.

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