Operation Of New Track Betting Ways.: Fat Bookmakers Suffer From the Lack of Stools and Having to Keep On Foot., Daily Racing Form, 1908-04-23


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OPERATION OF NEW TRACK BETTING WAYS Fat Bookmakers Suffer From the Lack of Stools and Having1 to Keep On Foot New York April 20 Though we are by no means out of the woods on the antiracing question Governor Hughes being still keen in support of his pet measures the season is now fairly well under way and with tbe decision of four days at Aque ¬ duct preceded by three weeks at Benning race ¬ goers are pursuing the even tenor of their way hoping that no radical change will come There is however an undercurrent of fear that tbe governor by his sundry speeches aided by the movements in church circles may yet win out though I should hate to think that any one of the senators who voted with tbe racing people could now be intimidated by the same old arguments which failed to move them at Albany On the contrary the feeling is strong here that the un ¬ precedented course of Governor Hughes in attacking directly or by Implication the honesty of tbe sen ¬ ators has aroused against himself some intense hatred which will find expression when the time comes comesThe The church clement threatens to see that the senators who did not vote for antiracing will not go back to Albany but the friends of the turf will have something to eay about that when the time comes There are at least three groups of persons affected by adverse legislation who will be forced to get together to fight the common enemy and I know that forces are at work at present whose combined strength will at the proper time be felt both before candidates are nominated and at the election The example of what tbe Sporting League can do in England to punish the enemies of personal liberty is cheering news to us here It is a fact that a prominent commission agent betting man was recently elected by a great majority to represent a suburb of London in the Common Council CouncilGreat Great stress Is laid here on the effort which Is being made to minimize or discourage betting The deprivation of stools from layers In the betting inclosure is nothing less than Inhuman in the opinion of hundreds All day long the layers are required to stand without a moments Intermission except as the race Is about to be run In some instances tbe victims of this brutality have been forced to give up the onerous task I personally have been spoken to by halfadozen layers whom I have known for two decades Their condition at the end of the day was pitiable They would sink into their seats on the train on the way back to the city and their maledictions upon tbe man whom they blamed for their sufferings were deep deepHere Here is how the new rule works as to the limit on betting Men who desire to bet less than five dollars on a race cannot do so in the three dollar inclosure and after a day or two they are forced in the interest of economy to go to be field where the limit Is two dollars Now it does not take a very profound brain to realize that this really encourages betting in the field where the remedy was meant to reduce betting Obviously if a proper remedy was sought and the fielders were to be discouraged from betting the limit ought not to be two dollars but a much larger amount amountHowever However the racing public here seems to feel that the inconveniences should be put up with If by so doing they are In a position to continue to wager through their favorite vehicle horse racing But rest assured that the friends and allies of the turf are not sitting down quiescent The ex ¬ ample of the Prohibition people who before nomi ¬ nations are made in various states go straight to the party leaders and threaten to beat any man who will not vote for prohibition Is a good pre ¬ cedent for the lovers of personal liberty and the example set In your own city whereby a plank was introduced In the platform which guaranteed personal liberty will surely be followed in New York YorkOn On the night before the Carter Handicap I sat chatting with Mr Keene in his comfortable apart ¬ ments at the Waldorf He did not think that racing would suffer this year but he did not seem very optimistic as to the future Are we any more moral In this country than in England France Germany Italy or Australia he asked Every one of those countries gives legal protection to rac ¬ ing and there the turf prospers I do not think the press of New York takes the proper stand in this fight they are all too cowardly perhaps with one or two exceptions exceptionsMr Mr Keene told me then that no jockey had been secured to ride his gelding Restigouche in the Carter Handicap and as you know he was a non starter for tbe 10000 race while three days later for a prize only about onefourth as valuable Resti ¬ gouche defeated in tbe Freeport Handicap Jack At kin the Carter victor and others It was naturally proclaimed that because Restigouche won the Free port he could have won the Carter I have my doubts of that In the Carter Restigonche would have been racing head and head with Red River and the result might have been the defeat of both followed by the victory of Jack Atkln In the Freeport there was no horse to go np and race with Restigouche for the first part of the race and though he was ridden In a style which caused critics to condemn the boy Delaby the gelding was able to stand off Jack Atkln whose extra weight told at the end Mr Keenes gelding ran the first three furlongs very fast and went away Continued on sixth page OPERATION OF NEW TRACK BETTING WAYS Continued from first page from his opponents so unnecessarily far that It was predicted he would not stay but stay he did and the popular stable thus won its first stake of the year Thus far the Keene stable at this meeting is doing fairly well just as it did last year and the usual rosy predictions of a tremendous winning account at the end of the year are in circulation As yet the stable has made no arrangement for a lightweight jockey to do such of its riding as Notter cannot do but if a suitable boy can be found especially one with an apprentice allowance you can calcu ¬ late in seeing a Keene candidate in six races a day except when there is a steeplechase on onThe The elder Keene has no crosscountry horses but Foxhalls inclination runs that way As you know he had a starter in the Liverpool Grand National won by the American Rublo that Star Ruby geld ¬ ing of Australian antecedents in the maternal line Mr Keenes maro Chorus floundered to her knees at Bechers Brook though she did not fall Take my word said young Mr Keene at Aqueduct on Saturday dont let anyone give you the idea that th Grand National is not a hard race to win The obstacles are terrorinspiring and the horses which get the course safely are lucky But I think that some day we may breed and send over another American winner of the race J J Burke Pacific squadron Admiral Bob Evans and the officers will be given the freedom of th clubhouse and the jackles in uniform will be admitted to the grounds free freeStefanettc Stefanettc the dam of Jubilee has been retired by Fred LIttlefield and she Is assured of a com ¬ fortable pension as long as she lives She Is twenty four years old and was bred in England by R Jar dine She is a daughter of Peter and Stellarius and was imported by the late R W Walden of the Bowling Brook Stud of Middleburg Md in 1892 1892Domlnus Domlnus Arvl will hereafter run under the name Dominus Aroi The change is necessary because of a blunder In registering the name at the office ot the Jockey Club In New York Domlnus Arvl is a Latin term meaning Lord of the Fields Unless the owner wishes to pay a considerable sum to have the name changed to Dominns Arvi the regis ¬ tered name will have to be used usedThe The Ascot Gold Cup of 1S3C which was won by Touchstone is to be given as a prize next summer at a race meeting in Germany Baron Oppenhelm president of the Cologne Race Society discovered this cup last summer in London in the shop of a dealer In antiquities and objets dart Baron Op ¬ penhelm bought the cup forthwith and decided to oltor it as a prize at one of the Cologne race meet ¬ ings ingsThe The Australian trainer A Ferguson who re ¬ cently returned after training horses for a season or so in England says of English race horses that as hacks they are Impossible Mounted in the morning they are at sixes and sevens jumping all over the place until the head lad takes his place at th head of the lot oil the quiet old stager used to lead the team to the working ground Once the schoolmaster takes his place the young ones will fall in behind him and go quietly enough but try to ride one of them anywhere by himself is nearly as bad as driving a cow away from home The Queenslander

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