No Racing Interruption at Bowie: Plans Are Nearing Completion for Banner Meeting during Latter Half of November, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-23


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NO RACING INTERRUPTION AT BOWIE Plans Are Nearingr Completion for Banner Meeting During Latter Half of November. BALTIMORE, Md., October 22. There will be no temporary interruption of the continuity of racing at Prince Georges Park, Bowie, under the auspices of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Association, as was feared last spring when the court of last resor in the Old Line State declared unconstitutional the act under which racing had been conducted iu Prince Georges County since 1914. General manager James F. OHara, of the Bowie track, set a staff of lawyers at work on the old Maryland statutes relating to racing as soon as the adverse decision of the court was handed down, and it was discovered that under an act of 1892, racing may be conducted at Prince Georges Park under precisely the same conditions as obtained under the invalid act. So Mr. OHara and clerk of the course Joseph McLennan, who is acting as one of the placing judges at Laurel Park, have gone ahead with preparations for the usual fall meeting. And superintendent Richard Pending is busy fixing up his stables for accommodation of the most considerable colony of thoroughbreds that ever have assembled at the southern Maryland track. So great already is the demand for stabling superintendent Pending wishes to notify horsemen that he will not be able to house yearlings. Only horses of racing age will find shelter at Prince Georges Park this fall. But there will be plenty of room for horses of the right sort. The crush at Prince Georges Park will be unusually heavy this year because there will be no competition for racing material before Thanksgiving, when the first of the winter meetings at New Orleans the Jefferson Park meeting wlH begin, to run until the first of January. The Bowie meeting will follow on the heels of that of the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico. The horses will be at Prince Georges Pnrk fourteen days all told and, thanks to the arrangement of the track, it will be possible to offer profitable employment for sprinters of all sorts as well as for long distance runners. The seven-eighths chute, the only one in Maryland, enables Mr. McLennan to promote sprints at six and a half furlongs and seven-eighths of a mile, and such middle distances admirably suit many horses that like to go farther.

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