Outsiders Not Wanted At New Orleans.: Business Mens Racing Association to Retire from Field If Any Opposition Is Attempted., Daily Racing Form, 1915-04-17


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OUTSIDERS NOT WANTED AT NEW ORLEANS Business Mens Racing Association to Retire from Field if Any Opposition Is Attempted A disturbing clement in the shape of reports of a movement among professional promoters lo build ni opposition race track in New Orleans has broken in on the serenity of tin local twins situ ¬ ation Hiw niiicli of real trulli there is in the i port ft cannot I llnic l in Xv Orleans Tin persistency with which the rumors have reached CN vtutivc ollicers of the local Kusiness Mens Rac ¬ ing Association liov vcr is giving New Orleans men much food for serious thought I lust how seriously the alleged movement would affect the New Orleans situation is indicated by rcliahle reports that tin New Orleans rnsiness Mens Racing Association will retire from the field if outsiders of i professional type are per ¬ mitted to precipitate themselves into the same sameIt It Is for the liest interest of the thoroughbred horso racing sport in Now Orleans that there In only one track there according t the view of the ISusinoss Mens Racing Association and it is like ¬ wise advisable the association contends tliat the nninher of racing davs lie limitod This is the line if thought that New Orleans luisiness men asso ¬ ciated with last seasons successful revival of thc port will it is said follow tint witli regard to the future And should it develop that as of old outside interests envious of the success attained liy the Business Mens Racing Association last winter undertake to extend the iiumlicr of racing days or in any way alter the present satisfactory condition of things the gentlemen who have now the Fair Orounds track under lease will retire retireThere There will lie no recurrence of old times if it is in the power of the New Orleans Business Mons Racing Association to avoid it said a mem her of the association yesterday At all events 1he association lias formally made up its mind that it will retire from the frame until such time as state regulation by commission is provided rather than lend itseff by inference action or acquiescence to any partnership with professional outoftown race track promoters for the prolonga ¬ tion of racing dates or to the reopening of the game to the old system systemIt It was the principle of civic pride and patriotic interest In the general welfare of New Orleans as die of Americas metropolitan centers of population on which the Insiness Mens Racing Association founded its incorporation that won hack public confidence to the sport There was no hope of pecuniary reward The subscribers to tin stock of the association are without exception New Orleans tax payers The ollicers arc business men of rocogiiicd standing in the community whose names are a guarantee against the violation of pledges made tti the people That the first meet ¬ ing was conducted without financial loss is 1 monument to the sagacity of the executive adminis ¬ tration trationSporting Sporting men have for generations been suscepti ¬ ble to the impulsive disregard of conservatism when Unshed with the Idea of success This well known characteristic lias too frciiiently of laic years brought disaster to more than one branch of sport and it is one of the phases of tin race track situation which not only here but throughout Amer ¬ ica is being given the closest watching by the conservative now elements which have wrestled the sport of kings from its oldlino promoters New Orleans had its experience with a certain coterie of the class that has been frozen out by the new blood of the game gameI I hold no brief to speak for the Pitsiness Mens Racing Association said one gentleman closely connected with lie Fair Orounds association but I have it on the best of authority that the association will under no circumstances race at the Fair Crounds if any outside promoters are permitted to break into New Orleans to run an opposition meeting I know that tin association feels that it would IK fatal to the sport and unfair to the people of Louisiana to lend itself in any way to a partner ¬ ship with professional race track operators If it should happen that Now Orleans is invaded again by such outside interests as wrecked the public confidence in the spurt before the association will undoubtedly iplit the game at least until such time as some sort of state control of race tracks is provided which will guarantee protection from unhealthy iulluences Now Orleans Times Picayune

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