Discoveries Of Scout John S. Wallace.: No Field for American Racing of Low Class in Mexico, Cuba or Panama., Daily Racing Form, 1908-07-21


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DISCOVERIES OF SCOUT JOHN S WALLACE No Field for American Racing of Low Class in Mexico Cuba or Panama Lexington Ky July 20 John S Wallace who was identified with one of tbe halfmile tracks at New Orleans came to Lexington during the week lo dispose of some real estate As the representa ¬ tive of some New Orleans people said he I went to Mexico Cuba and Panama to see If there is in those countries an opportunity for racing In a small way I found there Is none The Mexicans will not welcome American interests in race track ventures They have ample capital for the opera ¬ tion of such tracks as they need or desire and they are not caring particularly for an invasion of American horsemen There would probably be no objection to the coming of the leading owners of horses in this country the wealthy men who race more for pleasure than for profit but decidedly the Mexicans do not want the one and twohorse fel ¬ lows who make a business and a living out of it fust now It Is Mexico for Mexico 1 got the Im ¬ pression that the majority of the races particularly all of the good ones except the Derby will be con ¬ ditioned for horses either foaled In Mexico or owned by Mexicans As to the market for good mares 1 cannot say I did not investigate that feature featureFrom From Mexico I went to Cuba I found that thw concession and plant at Havana are available but the people in control want too much They asked 50000 for the concession That stopped ine and I didnt Inquire about the price of the plant It dldut look particularly good to me anyhow anyhowFrom From Havana I went to Panama There I found that there are forty thousand Americans all just honing for a little racing but In the next move I found that gambling In any form on the canal zone Is prohibited by the government The strip of land from Panama to Colon under government control Is thirteen miles wide and in order to build a race track or to do any betting It would be nec ¬ essary lo go six and a half miles away from a white man That put a crimp Into the Panama Idea I stayed there just one night came back to New Orleans reported nothing doing to the people who hail sent me put and then hit the road for home

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