HBPA at Detroit Votes Strike Ban on Entries: Turfmen to Take Action Today; Demand 7,500 Daily in Purses, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-21


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HBPA at Detroit Votes Strike Ban on Entries Turfmen to Take Action Today; Demand 7,500 Daily in Purses Continued from Page One gave no assurance that the horsemens offer would be accepted. Meanwhile, however, the strike vote stands. Last nights developments followed a long series of wrangling such as that occurred at the Hazel Park track last year. Robert O. Read, of Columbus, Ohio, national president of the HBPA., told the horsemen to stand by their demand for a 7,500 distribution but at the same time reminded them that the State of Michigan was an interested party in the dispute. The state gets 5 per cent of the mutuel take while the track receives 6 per cent with the breaks being split evently between the commonwealth and the track operating organization. Vice-president Lindy, of the local section of the HBPA, warned horsemen that if they I violated the strike resolution by entering their horses for Friday they would be blacklisted and punished by the turfmens organization. A horsemens committee, composed of Lindy, Read, Mrs. Audrey Gabel, of Detroit; . George C. White, of Nashville, Tenn., and Henry Forrest, of Louisville, Ky., sat in the I midnight session with Shaffer, Haggarty and Leavitt, in an effort as Read stated, j "to settle this thing now." The meeting, as I pointed out previously, failed. In discussing the Michigan Racing Associations side of the purse dispute, Haggarty said, "We are being completely honest with you and we want to be fair." President Read, of the HBPA, urged the committee to arbitrate the dispute if possible. Michigan Racing Commissioner Frederick E. Harris stated this morning that j he would stay out of the argument for I awhile. At Hazel Park last season, Harris brought horsemen and track officials together after a similar strike threat. "In the meantime the entry boxes are to remain open Thursday," said Shaffer, "and if enough entries are made our racing program will continue as scheduled."

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