Great Stakes Still Live: Declarations Called for as Usual from Belmont and Other Rich Events, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-21


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: GREAT STAKES STILL LIYE. DECLARATIONS CALLED FOR AS USUAL FROM BELMONT AND OTHER RICH EVENTS. Chairman Belmont of the Jockey Club Confident Now York Racing Will Survive Its Present Difficulties. The fact that the latest edition of tlie Racing Calendar contains a list of 300 declarations from the Hopeful Stakes of 190! draws, attention to the fact Chat quite a goodly number of the. great stakes of the chief eastern racing organizations are still exist-ant and due to he run next year, with abundant entries already made. As example the following declarations are now advertised for the benefit of horsemen concerned : By the Saratoga Association Travers Stakes of 100!l; due December I 0 Alabama Stakes of 1!09: due December 1 25 By the Brooklyn Jockey Club Brooklyn Derby of 1100; due January 1 75 Carlton Stakes of 1000; due January 1 25 Gazelle Stakes of 1000; due January 1 25 By the Westchester Racing Association Belmont of 190! foal entries?; due January C. 50 Belmont of 1009 yearling entries: due January J 75 Withers of 1909: due January 7 25 Ladies of 1909; due Jauuary 7 25 In the same line tlie Coney Island Jockey Club received ou the first day of the present month the following declarations: Lawrence Realization of 1909 weanling entries 0.0 Lawrence Realization of 1900 yearling entries. 75 Tidal Stakes of 1909 75 Great Filly Stakes of 1909 5 Futurity Stakes of 1909 0 or 20 Lawrence Realization of 1910 weanling entries 10 There are other closed stakes of Importance, but those given liere are stitlieieiit to show that Iu case the courts of New York construe the Hart-Agnew law favorably In the various cases to be decided between now and next spring, the foundation for good racing is already prepared, and better than those who have been proclaiming that racing in New York is dead have any conception of. In this connection a temperate statement made by August Belmont at his office in New York Thursday afternoon is of great interest and value. iMr. Belmonts theory is that, while Governor Hughes lias regulated racing, he has done so as an incident of his -attack upon gambling; that racing may be resumed if gambling is properly restricted next year. He thinks Mr. Hughes has no animus against racing, but that the contrary is the case; but he was obliged to stop racing in order to stop gambling. Mr. Belmont was1 careful to point out, however, that until the case against Chris Fitzgerald. John Cavanagh and others, now pending in the courts iu Brooklyn, are disposed of, no racing association eau find it possible to make any plans for next year. He said that until the law had been exactly defined by the courts the associations would not know where they stand. "As regards the prospect of racing next year." said he. "no one could make a statement of auy value. Until the various questions that have been raised during the racing season just ended and now before the courts are passed upon no association will venture to offer a definite program or predict what Will take place. The courts must first pass upon the broad question of the laws application. "Governor Hughes stated repeatedly upon the stump during the recent campaign that lie is not against horse racing, but that the contrary is true. I am sure that whatever the courts may decide will be accepted as conclusive by the governor. The laws attitude now applies to us all alike, ou or oft tlie race course. I believe the rehabilitation of racing in this state will be slow, because It has suffered in prestige as a sport, but I am. firmly of the opinion that it will be re-established as a clean, healthful and beneficial pastime." Mr. Belmont further stated that he thought good breeding stock Is worth as much in the market today as ever; that such stock would continue to bring its price, and that men were waitifig to snatch up any high-class stock that might be offered for sale.

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