The Mutuels Taking At Pimlico., Daily Racing Form, 1913-05-06


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THE MUTUELS TAKING AT PIMLICO Concerning conditions attendant upon the opening of the Pimlico meeting thu Baltimore News says saysThe The iron men overshadowed everything else It was the debut of the parinintuel system of hefting in the east and everybody was curious as to how it would turn out It is too early to say Miat It will prove a success but it certainly met with much favor in its opening performance There were of course many vrudltles which will wear olT in a few days as the force which handles the ma ¬ chines gets into working order The computations were made and announced rather slowly and mis ¬ takes were made The cashiers too were slow in paying off and kept the crowd behind the boxes too long These however are matters which will right themselves as the employees grow more ex ¬ pert pertThe The public generally seemed to be well satis ¬ fied with the results and the general verdict was that the odds obtained were rather better than could have been expected under the old system There was always sointhing to be had against the favorites and backed horses place and to show where the bookies anythingThe would not have laid anything The volume of business done was encouraging and good judges thought that the net results to the association were quite as satisfactory as they were under the old system when the ring was limited to 35 dayCol layers at 100 a day Col Matt Winn of Louisville who Introduced the mutiiels iu Kentucky was at the track and ex ¬ pressed himself as well pleased with the reception given to tlie mutiiels lie said that as soon as the public became educated to this system of betting they would have no other At Louisville he said they would put on 35 machines this season and ex ¬ pected to have business enough for them all allColonel Colonel Whin has just returned from a flying trip to Europe where iu company with Judge Price he looked over the operation of the mutuels on the big foreign tracks He said that the system as now perfected in this country was an improvement on that in use abroad and that he had nothing to learn from the foreigners foreignersThe The sentiment however was not all iu favor of the machines Those who have been making their living out of the old system of betting the layers their clerks and the army of hangerson naturally enough do not regard the iron men with much favor They look upon them as taking the bread out of their mouths Many of them were at the track and were full of direful predictions as to the future of the sport They could see only ruin and disaster ahead aheadTwo Two wellkiiowii touts of the colored ersuasioii walked into the ring before the first race and after making a thorough observation of the machines one of them remarked in disgust to tho other What kind of a game is that for a gentleman V VThe The installation Qf the machines has been In charge of Capt W F Presgrave and yesterday he superintended affairs Before the day was over the captain found be hail bitten oft a pretty big chunk and at the close of operations he was worn to a frazzle

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