Aim to Cripple Bookmaking in Michigan, Daily Racing Form, 1917-01-25


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AIM TO CRIPPLE BOOKMAKING IN MICHIGAN. Lansing. Mich.. January 24. — The Woods racing bill, prohibiting the publication of all horse race results and entries from tracks where betting ia permitted, will be supplanted by a substitute prepared in Attorney -General Groesbecks office at the request of both Representative Woods and the committee in charge of the bill. the substitute will exempt harness racing, legally conducted, from the operation of the bill, and thus will exempt the Michigan trotting and pacing cir-i iii : meetings, the Detroit, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Grand Circuit meets and other harness meetings held in the smaller towns. The aim is to cripple the handbooking industry in Detroit an I Other cities of the state, which. though prohibited by existing laws, flourishes without any serious interference on the part of the local police authorities. As a practical measure it will have only a partial effect, as the handbooks do not depend ou the newspapers for their information, but have their own means of securing and distributing such news.

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