To Prevent Welching At Toronto., Daily Racing Form, 1907-05-11


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TO PREVENT WELCHING AT TORONTO. Toronto, Out.. May 10. — Iu placing the management of the betting in the bands of John Cavanagh. the chief aim of the Ontario Jockey Club is to prevent welching. Under the decision of the Supreme Court at Ottawa, it would appear that any person desiring to make a book could do so and. it is said, some of the curbstone gentry were, until they heard of the coming of Cavanagh. of a mind as take a chapce on wind and trust to their legs to get them safely out of it iu the event of an unfavorable turn of fortune. In the old days each bookmaker was required to pay his century before taking the privileges of his Ixioth, but under the recent decision this system of taxation was found to be impracticable. Now each layer of odds will pay admission at the gate for himself and clerks and will settle with Mr. Cavanagh at the rate of 836 per day for advance information, such as jocke.vs. withdrawals and added starters. If he does not pay his 186 today, he cannot enter the track tomorrow, for under the law the club can refuse to sell a ticket to any one. The rate of admission to the track and grandstand has been increased to .60 and this is likely to cause some complaint in certain quarters, hut in the end it will work out well, as was shown at New Orleans the past winter.

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