How They Do it at Shreveport, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-06


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HOW THEY DO IT AT SHREVEP ORT. Shreveport. La.. November 5. Because of the law passed at the last session of the legislature prohibiting bookmaking. speculation on the horse races at th l-oulsiana State Fair here this year is conducted differently from former ways. There is no svsteni. of betting. It was stated by some of the horsemen that it would he the oral system, but conditions puzzled the visitors. Persons not familiar with turf wagering had no idea there was betting in any form, for to the ordinary eye it was not evident. Visiting horsemen and local sportsmen exchanged considerable money and seem to have enjoyed" the new form of making wagers, but all of them were careful not to make their movements public. On some of the races large sums are understood to have been transferred in this manner, the conditions of the speculation being strictly between individuals. There were present many lovers of the sport who have always participated in book betting, and although none of them was seen Hashing tickets and running to the money counter, they held in their memories the offers that had been made. The individual betting is something strange here. The management of the races have made known the provisions of the law prohibiting bookmaking betting and say they will not sanction violations.

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