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j EARLIER ENTRY CLOSING ON NEW YORK TRACKS ; . NEW YORK, N. Y., April 25 Beginning with the Belmont Park meeting Wednesday, May 15, daily entries for all future meetings will close at 11 a. m., it was announced yesterday from the office of the New York State Racing Commission. Likewise, scratch time will be moved up to 10:30 a. m. each day. The present closing time is 1:30 p. m., which has been subject to criticism for some years. The forthcoming change was brought about--through the efforts of Herbert Bayard Swope, commission chairman, and his associates, John Hay Whitney, John Sloan, and Marshall Cassidy, commission steward, and Jack B. Campbell, racing secretary for all five Empire. State tracks. "After making a careful study of racing conditions here," said Mr. Swope, "steward Cassidy and secretary Campbell repeatedly have stated that they see no reason why there should not be an earlier closing of the entries. I agree with them that it not only will help racing associations to operate with a greater degree of efficiency, but be of benefit to horsemen and patrons alike. A recent poll of horsemen by Campbell at Jamaica shows that most of them would rather enter their horses early and get it over with." Steward Cassidy stated that the early entry closing rule would have been placed into effect at Jamaica, but secretary Campbell thought it would be advisable to give horsemen sufficient time to acquaint themselves with the early morning closing and scratch time.