Awards to Breeders Is Extolled By G.D. Widener at NARC Dinner: Herbert Bayard Swope Tells Commissioners of National Co-ordinator for All Sports, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-14


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WILLIAM WOODWARD Chairman of The Jockey Club and owner of Belair Stud one of the nations most preten ¬ tious racing establishments stressed the need of recognizing the importance of the breeding industry and racings obli ¬ gation to it at the NARC dinner Wednesday nigrir Awards to Breeders Is Extolled By G D Widener at NARC Dinner Herbert Bayard Swope Tells Commissioners of National Cohortmotor io All Sports SportsNEW NEW YORK N Y May 13 The two day meeting of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners came to a close last night with a dinner tendered the representatives by the five New York rac ¬ ing associations at the WaldorfAstoria About 125 prominent men in racing and breeding were present when George D Widener president of the Westchester Rac ¬ ing Association as master of ceremonies greeted the commissioners and then en ¬ dorsed the plan of a breeders award as advocated by Daily Racing Form At our meeting to discuss this award to the breed ¬ ers the five New York associations voted on a flat sum but a percentage of the purse is a much better arrangement Widener stated We will probably make such a change at our next meeting meetingWilliam William Woodward rchairman of The Jockey Club was the first speaker intro ¬ duced and he too stressed the need of recognizing the importance of the breeding industry and racings obligation to it He said Without owners and breeders we would not have any racing and it is going to be a great encouragement when the postman leaves a check that was earned by a horse bred and reared at a particular farm farmJeffers Jeffers and Eastman Pleased PleasedThe The Jockey Club chairman emphasized the fact that the sport of racing is working in greater harmony than heretofore and expressed his delight at the cooperation now so obvious among important turf bodies bodiesHerbert Herbert Bayard Swope left a sick bed to attend and in his talk pointed out that Jerry Giesler chairman of the California Horse Racing Board was shooting far too high whenhe asked that racing contribute from 10000000 to 25000000 to War Relief ReliefRacing Racing has become socialized and it is the states that have taken over he said At the moment the sport is legalized in 22 states and 19 of them are operating operatingContinued Continued on Page TwentySeven Endorse Breeder Awards At Dinner of NARC Body BodySwope Swope Tells Commissioners of National Sports Coprdinator CoprdinatorContinued Continued from Page One OneBut But the sport is no longer a bonanza It has become less and less a getrichquick scheme and is now a paradox a sport and a business Last year racing contributed 3200000 to War Reliefand I doubt if I am far out of line when I say that after the payment of expenses and taxes this represents 50 per cent of the profit col ¬ umn Swope brought the greetings of Coordinators Jeffers and Eastman to the commissioners and said those officials realized that racing is earnestly seriously and effectively trying to cooperate in the war effort effortSwope Swope caused considerable stir when he said he would not be surprised if a national sports coordinator who would dictate how all sports including racing should be conducted was appointed within a short time I know of the men under considera ¬ tion the commissioner said but I do not know who will eventually get the job Just how effective this will be is a matter of guess work and of the future futureGovernor Governor Dewey was unable to be pres ¬ ent but two of the speakers from Albany were The Hon Thomas J Curran secre ¬ tary of state and Senator John J Dunni gan sponsor of the Dunnigan bill The secretary of state made a witty address and before introducing Senator Dunnigan George D Widener reminded the large au ¬ dience that the senator had been laughed at when he predicted a 10000000 mutuel but that he had more vision than his critics criticsBeverley Beverley Broun the outgoing president was presented with a brief case before he spoke and he was followed by Charles F Connors the new president Other speak ¬ ers included Tom Underwood secretary of the commissioners association and Frank Ortell president of the New York Turf Writers Association

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