Latonia Racing Still in Progress: Club Has Gone to the Courts for a Review of the State Racing Commissions Action, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-22


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LATONTA RACING STILL IN PROGRESS, Club Has - Gone to the Courts for a Review of tho State Racing Commissions Action. Cincinnati. O.. October 21. The Latonia Jockey Mub. through Acting President Harvey Myers, brought suit this morning in the Kenton County Cir- i ctiit Court. Judge Harhinson presiding, asking for ; a review of the Kentucky State Racing Commissions action iu revoking the Latonia Jockey Clubs license. The suit instituted serves, it is said, as a restraining order against the commission from further Interfering with the racing here until it is established by due process of law that it had the right to revoke the Latonia Jockey Clubs license for having disobeyed the order forbidding bookmaking. The Latonia management contends that there is no clause in the act that created the State Racing Commission that vests powers in it to specify what style of betting shall he in use at any of the tracks under its jurisdiction. Pending settlement of the review, as granted by the law. it is said the commission is restrained from interfering with the racing. This is also said to apply to state officials. It is not likely that a decision in the review case will be handed down before live days, as all the State Kacing Commission members will have to be individually notified that the suit has been tiled and receive summons to appear in court. If the Latonia management is defeated in its contention that the commission has no right to say what method of betting shall prevail, they can carry it to the Court of Appeals in Frankfort. Until the matter is finally satisfactorily adjusted the racing will go ou here wilh the bookmakers in line. The announcement that the State Racing Commission at a meeting held iu Lexington today had passed resolutions warning owners, trainers and jockeys tlat further participation in the racing here would probably entail forfeiture of their licenses, did not have any depressing effect on the horsemen, who seemed to go on in the even tenor of their way. Unfounded and unwarranted rumors that the governor would send troops here if necessary to stop the racing, served as a damper on the attendance, but despite that, there were 3.000 persons on hand when the horses were called to the post in the opening race. Expecting a decrease in attendance, only eleven bookmakers cut in in addition to the two field hoc ks. Big fields went to the post in the first two races, but the remainder of the card had few starters. The feature race, at one mile, went to Iidy Martha over the lukewarm betting choice. Kerche-val. Because of a report that Kercheval was not quite tit some of the layers took liberties witli him in laying a place price, but they were sadly off in their reckoning, for he made a splendid struggle and but for the fact that he was kicked while on the way to the post and suffered from much inter ference through Walshs rough riding on Ilanbridge he would have been winner instead of suffering defeat bv a nose. Lady Martha was also liothered to some extent by Walshs interfereuet: ou the first turn, but gained gradually iu the stretch drive and ran the best race of her career. Jockey Walsh wis severely reprimanded and fined 25 by the judges for his rough riding. The surprise of the afternoon was furnished by the victory of Mortihoy in the fifth race. In previous reivnt races on other tracks Mortihoy has been showing to poor advantage and was beaten bv ordinary class horses. Today he showed much the most speed from the start and was never in danger of defeat, winning with great ease. J. P.. Respess Rockcastle was made the medium of an attempted betting coup in the opening race, but whatever chance he might have had went glimmering when lie bolted to the inner rail at the start. This practically caused him to he left at the post, the purse going to Dr. Barkloy. which was reported to have only arrived from Lexington a half hour before the race and to have shipped badly. Christmas was forced to stand a hard drive to land the second race from Icaria. one of the outsiders, with Miss Crittenden pressing the pair closely. Carew proved much the best in the last race and was never in serious trouble to win from Belmere. Moreland was originally slated to ride Belmere. but because of his poor ride on the horse in his previous race, the judges told him to stop riding until again given permission to do so. The speedy non-stayers. Manhcimer and Gresham, had the third race between them, as there was nothing in the race that could keep pace with them in the early running and remain close enough to them to overhaul the pair when they began their quitting act. Manhcimer, after showing the most speed, just managed to last long enough to get home in front of Greshatn. Prowler, on which A. Martin had the mount in this race, bolted at the start and unseated Martin. He escaped injury.

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