Bay Meadows Spring Meeting Comes to End: Financial Failure, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-17


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BAY MEADOWS SPRING MEETING COMES TO END FINANCIAL FAILURE Combination of Circumstances Re i sponsible for Unsuccessful Meeting. ; j Three Days Interval Before Opening of Rehabilitated Tanforan Park Next Saturday. . SAN MATEO. Calif., April 16 The spring meeting at Bay Meadows came to an end this afternoon terminating twenty-nine day3 of the sport; during which the management is reported to have suffered a loss running into five figures. A combination of circumstances with which the California Jockey Club could not cope successfully was responsible for the failure of the track to make money. Bad weather, purses out of all proportion for the horses performing, the Lenten season, and the rule stopping come back money and telephone and telegraph wagers, all worked against Bay Meadows. Just when the next meeting will be held at Bay Meadows has not been definitely announced. Having used up twenty-nine days of their allotted fifty, the California Jockey Club still has twenty-one days left to operate this year. Possibility of a session starting some time in September just previous to the football season looms, but it is almost a certainty that if such, a meeting is held the horses will race for purses in keeping with their ability. Large purses for cheap horses will be taboo in the future, according to general manager Kyne. With the closing of Bay Meadows turf followers will have three days of idleness before racing gets under way at John W. Marchbanks greatly improved Tanforan plant. Conflicting reports notwithstanding Tanforan will positively get under way Saturday, according to Marchbank, who is of the opinion that the racing strip will be in satisfactory condition at that time. A committee of horsemen racing at Bay Meadows looked over the Tanforan track Monday and reported to Kyne that the course would not be in shape for racing this weekend, whereupon Kyne sought permission to continue the present meeting, but as the California Horse Racing Board had given Marchbank a permit to open April 20 and Marchbank states that he will be ready to open that day nothing could be done about it. SMALL jFIELDS PROBABLE. A number of owners at Bay Meadows stated Monday evening that they would not ship their horses to Tanforan this week and would not race their horses over the track until they were sure that it was perfectly safe, which may result in the San Bruno plant having small fields for Saturdays racing. Kyne has given the owners permission to train their horses over Bay Meadows until such time as they get ready to ship to Tanforan. A notice was posted in the Bay Meadows secretarys office Tuesday morning stating that if Tanforan was not ready to open Saturday racing would be resumed at Bay Meadows on that day and continue until such time as the San Bruno track was ready. A heavy track prevailed at Bay Meadows for todays racing, and the fields were rather small. A crowd of about 3,000 was present when the horses went to the post in the opening race. Deputation, a three-year-old gelding belonging to N. Evans, came through with a victory on his twenty-fourth attempt when he easily defeated an ordinary band in the opening, race on the getaway day card. Deputation, cleverly ridden by K. Stucki, slipped through an opening on the inside of Rosser S., the favorite, making the stretch turn to take a good lead and win by six lengths. Rosser S., after setting the pace, was second, and Fandan finished third. The distance was six furlongs. Deputation paid 9.60.

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