Yonkers Track May Close by Sale, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-18


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YONKERS TRACK MAY CLOSE BY SALE. The future of the Empire City track is given considerable space in a speculative way In the sporting columns of eastern newspapers. It is agreed on all hands that the track is an embarrassment to the Jockey Club. It is bound to have dates and the dates Mr. -Butler is likely to insist on arc precisely those the Jockey Club objects to assigning the Yonkers course. A suggestion has cropped up to the effect that the situation may be cleared by the purchase of the track by the other metropolitan racing organizations. Obviously they could do nothing better. It would cost a big sum of money, but no more than it ought to. Butler and his backers have won an impregnable position through the courts, and can oiiiy be ousted with their own consent through purchase. The Jockey Club and the officials of the New York tracks are so desirous of preserving the situation as it was prior to the irruption of the Empire- City Trotting Clubt that it seems probable the purchase may be announced before a great while. Of course, if the people most concerned, cannot be induced to sell, room will have to be made for Yonkers in the award of dates, with Butler practically dictating those dates. As an alternative a New York dispatch suggests that the Jamaica track will be bought and closed. It appears to be nonsense. The Jamaica track has been a little gold mine to its owners. They are politicians of great influence who know a good thing when they have it and are not likely to give it up in favor of the Yonkers track.

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