Each New York Track to Stage Two War Relief Benefit Cards: Heads of Five Associations Agree on Plan with Details to be Worked Out Later, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-04


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» Each New York Track to Stage Two War Relief Benefit Cards f i Heads of Five Associations Agree on Plan With Details To Be Worked Out Later NEW YORK, N. Y., April 3.— The five racing associations who conduct the sport in New York have announced their War Relief benefit plans for the 1944 season, which starts Saturday afternoon with the first day of the spring meeting at Jamaica. Last year each of the associations donated the net proceeds of their biggest day for a total of 52,098.64. This year each association is turning over the proceeds of two days, with the certainty this sum will be considerably increased and, they hope, doubled in its total. Though many of the racing war days will be held after the close of the Red Cross drive for funds, racing includes that organization, with the National War Fund, as the recipient of the funds earmarked for war purposes. A small percentage of the receipts, as has been the case in recent years, will be turned over to local hospitals and charities. Agreed Upon at Presidents Meeting Dr. Edward P. Kilroe, president of the Metropolitan Jockey Club Jamaica*; Theodore J. Knapp, president of Queens County Jockey Club Aqueduct ; F. S. Von Stade, president of Saratoga; George D. Widener, president of the Westchester Racing Association Belmont , and Col. Matt J. Winn, president of the Empire City Racing Association, made the announcement of the plans following a recent presidents meeting held in the offices of The Jockey Club. Though the details of the days remain to be settled by each track, it is probable that those associations which have spring and fall meetings will designate one day from each, but this is left to the discretion of each track. Saratoga, of course, has only one meeting and both days will be held during this session. Last year, Aqueduct gave Labor Day, Belmont gave Memorial Day, Empire State gave the Independence Day holiday it fell on Monday, July 5, Jamaica gave Columbus Day and Saratoga Travers Day. This season these biggest days will again be turned over to the war funds, but the second days may not be holidays or Saturdays. These details remain to be decided and will be announced later in the season. The presidents made their announcement now to coincide with the Red Cross drive.

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