Horses Are Arriving at Yonkers: Butler Plans Extensive Improvements in the Plant for 1908, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-07


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HORSES ARE ARRIVING AT YONKERS. Butler Plans Extensive Improvements in the Plant for 1908. New York, August 5. The improvements at Empire City track are being rapidly completed and the plant will surely be ready for the opening of the meeting Saturday. There will be no scarcity of horses. They have been arriving by dozens and twenties since Saturday and there are many more on the way. The track is not at its fastest, of course, but it will improve witli each day. It was necessary to plow it up after its long use for harness racing. A mile in 1:12 was about the best this morning. There is still talk of a Jockey Club boycot on all who participate in this meeting and for this reason many of the New York horsemen who could not or did not go to Saratoga are reluctant altout making a move to the Yonkers track. So much has been said about "westerners and western methods," that it is expected that the most desirable element of the local public "will be slow "about giving the meeting their patronage. "I know that we will ho under close scrutiny but I would like to say that we will conduct this race meeting with scrupulous care," said Matt J. Winn today. "We know that honest racing and honest methods are wanted by the public and as we depend on the public for support, we will not tolerate anything that is barred on the other Jockey Club tracks. Many obstacles have been placed in our way and we expect to encounter more of them as we go along, but we will do the best we can, so next Saturday I think you will see some racing that would be a credit to one of the big tracks." Convinced that the Court of Appeals will sustain the decision of the Appellate division, James Butler has planned the building of a mammoutli new steel grandstand and the enlarging of the Yonkers track to a mile and a quarter, as well as other extensive and costly improvements to be completed before next summer. President Butler and his architects were in conference today over the proposed plans, and the order for the drawings was given. The changes contemplate the erection of the new stand on tin; side of the track opposite to where it is at present located, and the use of the present grandstand, which is also to be moved, for the purposes of the field patrons. The Improvements when completed, it is believed, will foot up to a total of nearly a million dollars.

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