That Raise at Saratoga, Daily Racing Form, 1902-07-18


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THAT RAISE AT SARATOGA. A dispatch from Saratoga to the New York Sun of Wednesday says: "Mr. Whitney was seen at his cottage at the United States Hotel this morning and asked with regard to the proposed increase of admission from to at the Saratoga race track for this race meeting. Mr. Whitney said : " The entire question stands on what class of racing you expect to maintain. Saratoga is a small community compared with that around the metropolitan tracks. The average attendance at a race meeting horo is not one-half the average attendance at Coney Island, Brooklyn or Morris Park. Wo believe, however, that it is an attendance of people wanting only first-class racing, and, if they get it, they are willing to pay whatever is necessary to maintain it. Wo havo started in on that theory. Wo havo spent about 50,000 on tho plant. Wo havo advortisod stakes fully up to thoso of any track in tho Unitod Statos, and, if wo aro successful, it is the disposition of tho gontlomeu in tho association to koop raising tho standard hero. "ONTTNCKD OK HKCOND Fnr, THAT RAISE AT SARATOGA. Continued from First Page. It cannot bo done in the long run without increasing the income. We had made every preparation for a separate paddock badge,and an extra charge of 50 cents therefor. The fence is built around the pad dock, the last meeting of the executive committee, it was decidedtto raise grand stand charge from .00 to .00 and have it include the paddock privilege. The fence around the paddock will be removed today. No change is made in the charge for ladies, i. e ,00. No change is made as to the field, i. e., 50 cents. This charge is cheaper than at Brighton and other places, where it is 75 cents. Wherever first-class racing is maintained abroad, in England or France, a Bimilar privilege that of the grand stand here costs on an average twice what it does in this country. " The maintenance of.high-class racing, with good stakes and larpe added money, such as horse owners ought to have in order to support their stables, in a community like that of Saratoga Springs is always a serious problem. This track has passed through a great many vicissitudes owing to that fact. We are trying a new experiment. It is very pleasant to feel that we have the co-operation and support, as we seem to have, of those who are fond of horses3and of racing as a sport. "

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