Oakland Tracks Great Improvement.: About 5,000 Has Been Spent on the Emeryville Place--Hostile Legislation Not Feared., Daily Racing Form, 1908-09-24


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OAKLAND TRACKS GREAT IMPROVEMENT About 75000 Has Been Spent on the Emeryville Place Hostile Legislation Not Feared FearedSan San Francisco September 20 The extensive Im ¬ provements accomplished during the summer at the Emeryville race track will cost the New California Jockey Club not less than 75000 The readiness of the Jockey club to spend a sum of this magni ¬ tude at this time is looked upon in turf circles us an Indication that Us management entertains little fear of adverse turf legislation at the approaching bi ¬ ennial session of the California legislature despltt the promiiiei ee which the race track question has had in the political campaign now being waged throughout the state In view of the constantly narrowing limits within which racing may be suc ¬ cessfully conducted Mn America turfmen on the ooast are naturally awaiting the meeting of the Cali ¬ fornia legislature with some trepidation although the 1 est informed opinion 1ft to the effect that there will be no antlraciug legislation legislationThe The Improvements at the Emeryville racing plant re rapidly uearlug completion Superintendent Grant announces that the alterations will be finished during the coining week and there will then remain to be done before the opening of the racing season only such routine retouching as the big plant re ¬ ceives each fall The remodeling of the betting ring IB the most Ptriking of the Improvements made during tho summer The alterations are of such magnitude that tho capueltv of the ring will be al im st doubled The neod of laeatly Increased capa city wafe frequently demonstrated last season and the roseate outlook for the approaching nunting tends to the VtlWf that the Increased accommodations will be found none too commodious before the season Is far advanced The increase in thfc seating Capacity of 1U9 grandstand is not ou the extensive scuty that had liecn looked for but is compensated for by the addition of a largo section lo the lawn that had for ¬ merly been devoted ti uict uses Tho prtddnck im ¬ provement will coinhieiitl thPhlsOlVcts 10 all VllO limy htm occasion ti mmueilt tliUt sOctlotl or the Inclo WliHl Ulb rokiihliilg of the inside training track is an item that will appeal most directlyto horse Owners arid trainers the raciilg public will iiiicoil soiously rijip thirt bbiloiitSi TW jlroMtfin ttf a proiltr raining track fijf tw hr itig of libraes during he iwlR shso of wet weather each winter when It cWilnes nccessnrv to reserve the main track exclu ¬ sively for racing purposes has given the track man ¬ agement a great deal of trouble each season Last winter the problem was imrtially solved by the re construction of the Inside training track with a deep covering of wind The soil upon which the track Is constructed is of such n character however that at several points the top covering of snnd disappeared soon afirr the wintpr rtilis pft llh Jlils Avas es liwlally triit of I ho iippPi tiifri which becanio so dnDReioiis limt gallopliig Of hOrsies over it was aban ¬ doned rtfler there hid been several accidents The remaining sections of the track Stood the test well and it was demonstrated that the sitnd track Was the proper thing for training operations uiidef tho conditions that prevail here dhriilg the pfrttracttxl spell of bad goingi KI Shpcriiitllndent Grant this summer wt fllrtHit feniedying the trouble that was oxj oxjo o KHlee l witii the sand track last winter The tjwl was removed from the entire upncr turn to tho dculli of alHiut two feet More than a foot of macadam construction similar to that employed in scientific roadbuilding replaced the natural soil and is HOW lieing covered to the depth of about eight inches with clean nlmrp saml A troiiblosomc sec ¬ tion on the Iltst tlirit lii boon slrrtilanv treated and tlic result wilt bh that when tlic wot weather comes the horsomcit will have ft safe track on which to prep their charges It chargesIt Is officially announced that there will be no clmngps In the staff of tlack dttdciies all the minor as well MB more important officials having been re appointod Neither will there be any change in the method of betting or In the price of admission President T II Williams who is the guiding spirit in the management of the jockey clubs affairs does not regard the parimutuel form of speculation with favor and tho bookmakers will hold forth with their slates and other paraphernalia as usual It Is exacted that tho numbers in which they will ply their vocation will eclipse all local records Tanforan track will not bo used for any of this seasons racing and the entire meeting will be run off at Emeryville Last season there was some talk to the effect that the Tanfornn course might be used for racing during some portion of tho coming winter No effort hns been made to put it into shape however and racing over It in its present condition is out of the question If the racing situation remains favorable it Is thought that extensive improvement will be made In the plant next summer witli the Idea of utilizing it during a portion of the season of 100910 Tlic jockey clubs Inglcslde track Is destined to be cut up into building lots when the city and county institution now temporarily housed there removes to Its permanent location The lease which the jockey club holds on Its location at Emeryville has many years to run and the large expenditures that are constantly1 being made on that property leads to the assumption that It Is the purnose of the management to continue the major portion of each seasons racing there indefinitely J R Jeffery

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