No New Race Tracks at Present: Suggestion That the Yonkers Track May Open and Close New York Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-23


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NO NEW RACE TRACKS AT PRESENT. Suggestion that the Yonkers Track May Open and Close New York Racing. A Xew York newspaper says concerning the recent decision in the case of Butler against the Xew York State Racing Commission: "It is generally understood, however, that the decision of the Court of Appeals does not mean that new tracks can be built in this state without the official sanction of the Racing Commission. The Yonkers track was an established organization with a plant that was built before the law was amended limiting the number of tracks in the state to those already in existence." There is little in the text of the decision to sustain this view of the matter, although it in a way covers the only immediate result. But if at any time an association is formed, sufficient land secured and all the usual tracks, building and equipment of a race track brought to completion and readiness for racing, application for a license to carry on a race mooting must be followed by its issuance. But no one is likely to rush in haste to incur the great expense attending such an enterprise. Xew tracks there probably will bo in the vicinity of Xew York, but not immediately by any moans. As to another matter discussed the same newspaper says: "Friends of Mr. Butler said that if there should he any attempt to take away the dates for an August meeting at Yonkers, there might be trouble, as it was clearly demonstrated last summer that le metropolitan racing public, unable to go to Saratoga, desired a session witli the horses on a local track. The Yonkers meeting, under severe handicap, was liberally patronized and about 90,000 in profits was cleared up. "If m attempt is made to keep the month of August clear for Saratoga it is said that the Jockey Club will Offer to Mr. Butler spring and fall dates, about twenty in all, the plan being to have the Yonkers track open and close the metropolitan racing campaign instead of Aqueduct. In that case all of the other racing associations would have to surrender enough dates to make such an arrangement possible."

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