To Legalize Racing in Delaware.: Bill is Similar to Percy-Gray Law-New Track to be near Philadelphia., Daily Racing Form, 1907-03-07


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TO LEGALIZE RACING IN DELAWARE. Bill Is Similar to Percy-Gray Law — New Track to Be Near Philadelphia. Dover. Del.. March .". — A bill legalizing horse lacing in Delaware under the strict jurisdiction of the Jockey data of New York, was introduced in tiic House of Representatives of the Legislature today by Kepreseiila t lve Benniim of Sussex County. The measure is alnnwd an exact duplicate of the Percy-Cray law of New York, having lieen drawn lit. -rally from it. The only difference is. instead of imposing :, per cent, on the gross receipts for the encouragement of agt icuittire. as is done in New York, the Delaware bill stipulates that an annual tax of |Sft,4W ahall he paid by each racing association to the state for the construction of good loads. It is anum ed authoritatively that the movement has the sanction and support of the Jockey Club. The promised racing commission will effectually check illegal nieeiings. Races can he run iu Delaware only from April 1 to December L The project is wholly i Delaware one and has the support of the most prominent horsemen of the stale. It is proposed to establish ■ race course, not less thaa one mile and an eighth in length, wilh a modern steeplechase field and appropriate buildings, between Wilmington and Philadelphia. By this means the enterprise will lie supported by Philadelphia, the course being only eighteen miles lroiu that city, along the Pennsylvania and Baltimore V Ohio railroads.

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