Marylands Turf Troubles: Thomas Clydes Criticism of the State Racing Commission.; Its Course of Action Condemned as Injurious to the Future of the Sport., Daily Racing Form, 1921-03-10


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MARYLANDS TURF TROUBLES Thomas Clydes Criticism of the State Racing Commission Its Course of Action Condemned Condemnedas as Injurious to the Future Futureof of the Sport ISALTIMOm Md March 9 In a longdistance attack on the policies of the Maryland Racing Com ¬ mission Thomas Clyde one of the l est known breeders and track anil horse owners in tfle country makes the following charges against the commis ¬ sion sionThat That the commission is attempting to conduct race meetings without any specific sanction of law for si doing doingThat That It exorcises power to approve employes or officials of licenses Although nothing is said in the law which gives the commission the right but on the contrary paragraph 2 of the law excludes this idea by giving the commission only a right of removal removalThat That instead of performing the few indis ¬ pensable and basic duties which the law contem ¬ plated It Is unnecessarily inviting numberless petitions etc which in Mr Clydes opinion is a grave error and full of peril to the commis ¬ sion and racing in Maryland MarylandThat That arrangements with other jockey clubs aud racing abfioeiations elsewhere are not any part of the commissions business under the law lawThat That with all due respect to the commission the duty of finally determining whether and when and where a trainer shall train or a jockey shall TMe lTwfiillvHhouhr anil doe reniain vitlf tliose licensed to conduct race meetings Mr Clyde mills on this point that this was so l efore the com mlsMoii was created and it is no less so now and the Hurke law or any other law is powerless to change it itThat That the commission and others have apparently overlooked the fact that the grounds of a racing association and every part and parcel of same are private grounds groundsThat That the rules imposing a residence test for race track officials and employes are improper rules a lid that they will drag the fair name of Maryland In the dust and achieve for it the reputation that Maryland IB the only place on earth where a dis ¬ credited trainer or jockey will find he is given privileges greater than elsewhere elsewhereThnt Thnt if it does more than adopt general rules the commission will bring disaster on itself and the great sK rt intrusted to its eare Mr Clyde goes into detail In his arguments in support of those K ints which he raises lie states that the rules If adopted by the commission in accordance with a draft which has boon sent out to race track owners will make the commission and not the licenses of the commission wholly responsible for everything that may occur at race meetings meetingsCOMMISSIONS COMMISSIONS TRUE FUNCTIONS FUNCTIONSThe The function of the commission as Mr Clyde sees it is to adopt only general rules relative to the profits which may be made on a public service basis by the tracks and to see that the character of those given licenses for race meetings is such as to insure the sport being maintained on the highest plane planeGrunting Grunting licenses to jockeys and trainers he contends is useless Such licenses he argues are mfrrely certificates and the track owners can dis ¬ honor them if they wish by refusing to let the Jockeys ride or the trainers train and no law can compel the track owners to recognize the licenses Therefore Mr Clyde maintains the rule of the commission on this point leads only to friction and hurts racing generally generallyThe The Maryland Commission has not yet adopted its rules After being in session nearly two hours today it decided to postpone any definite action In regard to the rules until Friday Chair ¬ man Oliver was not present Neither Commissioner C Kennedy nor Commissioner Timanus would dis ¬ cuss the Clyde advertisement in todays papers criticising the rules of the commission Joseph commissionJoseph I Kennedy of the commission when told of Mr Clydes charges last night said he would have to reserve comment until he lias had i chance to read and digest them In full fullLast Last night Mr Kennedy said as to the Clyde statement Such arguments were expected how ¬ ever and I do not believe they will change the commissions course in any way We have studied the question of those rules thoroughly and I be ¬ lieve the commission will adopt them as they have been drafted draftedMr Mr Clydes statements were taken in some quarters last night as a definite indication of the position of the more important racing interests in this country and Canada in the event of the adoption of the present rules before the commis ¬ sion Uacing men generally are known to share Mr Clydes views and just how these will be re ¬ flected by the strings of racers to lie sent to Maryland is a question that is l eiug pressed for answer in the minds of manj

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