Four Maryland Tracks Will Share Fall Dates: Racing to Begin Oct. 9, Conclude Nov. 13-Last 12 Days to Pimlico, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-30


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Four Maryland Tracks Will Share Fall Dates Racing to Begin Oct. 9, Conclude Nov. 13— Last 12 Days to Pimlico BALTIMORE. Md., June 29.— The Maryland fall racing season, set for the period from October 9 to November 13, is to be shared by all four major racing associations at Pimlico, with the Maryland Jockey Club, operators of the Belvedere Avenue course, offering the last 12 days, while the first 18 days are to be divided between Laurel, Bowie and Havre de Grace. A daily purse distribution of 0,000 is to prevail. The announcement of a "share the fall racing season" was made this afternoon by Frank Small, Jr., chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, following a meeting between the commission and representatives of the four tracks. The suggestion by the commission that 18 of the 30 days allowed by law this fall at Pimlico be joined together as one meeting, but shared between Bowie, Havre de Grace and Laurel, met with the approval of the first two associations. They likewise agreed to a daily purse distribution of 0,000. That figure was set by the commission following Pimlicos recent announcement that its purse offerings would total 5,000 per day this fall and that any other association moving in was expected to maintain that standard. The Maryland SJ tj Fair, Inc., operators of Laurel, was the sole dissenter to the Continued on Page Twenty-Seven Four Maryland Tracks Will Share Fall Dates Racing to Begin Oct. 9, Conclude Nov. 13— Last 12 Days to Pimlico Continued from Page One joint pooling of three meetings in one. The management of that plant explained a de-■ cision on the matter would have to await a j meeting of its directors. Action on the Maryland fall racing situa- I tion climaxed a sudden move early last . week by Bowie, which filed a request with the commission that it, as well as Havre ] de Grace and Laurel, be allowed to move | into Pimlico and that the entire 30 days | be divided between the three associations j to the exclusion of Pimlico. The reason | for the stand of the Southern Maryland Association was that, inasmuch as Pimlico operated this past spring, it believed the other tracks were now entitled to hold fall meetings. Following Bowies surprise proposal, the commission asked the four Maryland tracks ; to submit lists of stake offerings and purse distributions, contingent on meetings at Pimlico. The management of the latter track then sprung the 5,000 a day purse schedule. The commission then met to con-| sider how to allot the 30 days permitted at Pimlico. At a conference yesterday they set the October 9 to November 13 period.

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