Hawthornes Lease: Deal for Transfer of the Track Completed Saturday, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-17


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HAWTHORNES LEASE Deal for Transfer of the Track Completed Saturday. Control of Cicero Plant Now in Hands of Business Mens- Racing Association. Formal transfer of Hawthorne race track from the Illinois Jockey Club to the Chicago Business Mens Racing Association was made yesterday. Papers clinching tne deal were signed in the office of Attorney Albert Sabath shortly after noon. Associated with Attorney Sabath are Racing Judge Joseph A. Murphy and Charles T. Essig. acting for the Business Mens Racing Association. Following a preliminary organization meeting on Monday, at which time arrangements will be made to take care of the obligations now outstanding against the Illinois Jockey Club, Attorney Sabath will leave on Tuesday for New Orleans for a final conference with judge Murphy regarding the securing of a court interpretation of the existing law governing betting in Illinois and on the permanent organization of tho Business Mens Racing Association, which is to be started scon after his return from New Orleans. Announcement was made that some of Chicagos prominent business men were to be interested in the affairs at Hawthorne under the new organization, also that several of the wealthy sportsmen in Chicago are also identified with it. Track superintendent Keegan has been instructed by the new organization to begin work immediately on getting the racing plant in good condition again, particularly the stables which will be needed for the early arrival of horses. Following the final signing of the papers Thomas Bourke, general manager and organizer of the Illinois Jockey Club, made the following statement: "The Illinois Jockey Club was organized primarily for the revival of racing in Chicago, and Ave feel that we have accomplished our purpose. We feel that we have done the best we could under the circumstances and are only too glad now to turn our affairs over to this new association, which will include in its membership many of Chicagos prominent business men. Our good wishes go out to the men now in control at Hawthorne and to the racing public we can only say that we hope it gets the best there is in thoroughbred racing, for it has been clearly shown that Chicago wants the best and will respond to such racing as no other city in America will."

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