Daily Racing Form Readers Say:: Empire City Also Isolated, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-11


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DAILY RACING FORM READERS SAY SAYCommunications Communications intended for publication must bear the writers name and address but they will be withheld upon request requestLetters Letters should be limited to 200 words and refer only to racing breeding and related subjects Address letter to Editor EditorinChief inChief DAILY RACING FORM 345 West TwentySixth Street New York N Y Empire City Also Isolated When Gov Thomas E Dewey recom ¬ mended that the Saratoga meeting be transferred to a track within the met ¬ ropolitan district he could have gone a step farther With equal propriety and common sense he could have urged that the meeting scheduled at Empire City also be shunted to Aqueduct or Jamaica In truth the Empire City Racing Asso ¬ ciation would do well to act on its own initiative and make the switch of its own volition volitionThe The purpose in transferring the up ¬ state racing downstate is threefold It will tend to conserve gasoline and rubber and will avoid an extra strain on trans ¬ portation It is idle to claim that a meeting at the Spa could be operated without violation of restrictions no mat ¬ ter what the chamber of commerce or the mayor of Saratoga Springs might say Racegoers simply cannot attend the races at Saratoga without burning gas and using rubber or overcrowding trains required for more essential service serviceThis This is just as true of Empire City Without the race track special trains of other years from Grand Central to Mount Vernon Empire City is almost as isolated as is Saratoga Empire City officials according to the papers point out that the track can be reached by regularly scheduled trains to the Mount Vernon Dunwoodie Yonkers and Wood lawn railroad stations thence by bus or trolley Even though there were an ade ¬ quate number of regular trains to trans ¬ port racing fans to the stations ment tioned they still are merely transfer points To complete the journey it is necessary to pile into a bus or trolley By subway the trip is worse worseAll All this discomfort would be avoided if the Empire City meeting were conducted at one of the Long Island tracks There Is ample train service from Manhattan and Brooklyn to Aqueduct and Jamaica The Long Island Railroad can operate as many trains as the traffic requires without violating ODT restrictions The cars used in this service are useless for any other purpose and the trains to the race track do not interfere with defense transportation nor interrupt the regular passenger service serviceThe The Empire City management should give the fans a break and transfer the meeting to a more convenient and per ¬ haps it could be added more profita ¬ ble point Empire City draws a certain quota of Westchester and Connecticut residents who do not visit other tragks but the bulk of its patronage by far is attracted from New York City What is good for Saratoga also is good for Em ¬ pire City CityCL CL JACKSON New York City

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