Trouble Looming in Canada: Strike Threatened by Members of Thoroughbred Breeders Association Against some Tracks, Daily Racing Form, 1935-05-24


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TROUBLE LOOMING IN CANADA Strike Threatened by Members of Thoroughbred Breeders Association Against Some Tracks. TORONTO, Ont, May 23. Trouble is looming on the Canadian racing horizon in the form of a threatened strike of members of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, against managements who refuse to support their movement to secure the appointment of a racing commission to govern the sport in Canada. The breeders met at the King Edward Hotel Wednesday evening to discuss the situation and the following resolution was unanimously adopted: "Whereas, during the past years the members have tried to secure the co-operation of race track operators towards the formation of a body to control racing- in Ontario on the basis of equal representation on this body of breeders and track operators, failing to secure this co-operation, the provincial government has been approached in an effort to have such a body appointed by legislative authority and the government has not seen fit to grant the request. "And, whereas, in the opinion of the members of the association, it is impossible to race under present conditions, be it now .resolved that the members withdraw from racing on such tracks as refuse to agree to the appointment of such a body in one form or another." The serious consequences of such a move are at once foreseen when it is realized that Canadian-breds, many the property of members of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of Canada, are furnishing much of the r sport in Canada this season, they being called upon to fill, in addition to the regular events scheduled for them, many substitute races made necessary by reason of the dearth of outside material for the carded open events. Among the speakers endorsing concerted action to obtain a racing board were: George Hardy, president of the association; James Heffering, Ryland H. New, W. H. Bringloe, H. C. Hatch and Dr. C. N. Mooney. Mr. Hardy, while insisting there was no feeling of antagonism towards any of the racing associations, felt that the time, had arrived for the breeders to assert themselves if racing is to be saved in the province of Ontario. Mr. Hatch assured the meeting that some of the track operators were ready to support the demands of the breeders for a new deal in Ontario. He stated "We have an antiquated board governing racing in Ontario. On the other hand the breeders association, which has no voice in affairs, provided this years winner of the Plate, the Breeders Stake and many two-year-old races. I think, if for no other reason, we are entitled to consideration." Dr. Mooney, who owns the racer Ted Clark, pointed out an instance of the need for a board that could provide a court of appeal in saliva test cases. "The saliva test is far from accurate," he stated. "As things are, a man must accept a decision and has no court to which to make an appeal. If your association had power, he could have this right." Following the election of officers for the ensuing year, the meeting adjourned.

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