Pimlico Prepared to Offer Up to 5,000 Daily at Fall Meet: Board Authorizes Highest Average Distribution per Diem in States History, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-25


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. | 4 ► ; _— , Pimlico Prepared to Offer Up To 5,000 Daily at Fall Meet HENRY A. PARR III— President of the Maryland Jockey Club. ► Board Authorizes Highest Average Distribution Per Diem in States History BALTIMORE, Md., June 24.— The Maryland Jockey Club today, at its regularly constituted semi-annual board of directors meeting, authorized a daily average purse I distribution up to 5,000 for its 1943 I autumn meeting. This will be the highest I in the history of racing in Maryland and one of the highest in the country. In making known this action, president Henry A. Parr, III., stated that this purse distribution policy holds good for whatever number of days the Maryland Jockey Club will operate this autumn. Furthermore, it was decided at the meeting, should any other racing association or associations conduct racing fit Pimlico this year they would be required to adopt the same policy. "It is the unanimous opinion of our directorate," Parr said, "that the thirty days of racing which Maryland seems destined to be limited to this autumn, should be of such exceeding attractiveness that we will be able to attract to Maryland the best horses in the country. Racing is the only sport in America today which has not lost its leading stars and because of that and the popularity of racing there is great competition for the best horses. The Maryland Jockey Club for two hundred years has been the backbone of Maryland and American racing. Therefore, we believe that Maryland is deserving of having Continued on Page Thirty Pimlico Directors Fix Maximum Daily Average Board Authorizes Offerings Up To 5,000 During Fall Season Continued from Page One the best horses and the only certain way to get them today is to offer them equal and better opportunities than they might be offered elsewhere." This purse distribution policy will be incorporated in the Maryland Jockey Clubs answer to the Maryland Racing Commissions request for a statement of the general racing and purse policies of the states four major racing associations this autumn. Another action of importance and interest particularly to Maryland breeders was the resolution passed by the board that a breeders award be made to the breeder of a Maryland -bred race winner provided the owner of the winner is not also the breeder. The amount of such award to be distributed after the general policy of breeders awards has been fixed. No further plans were decided upon for the Pimlico fall season pending the action of the Maryland Racing Commission in allotting the dates. The directors attending the meeting, in addition to Parr, were Matt Daiger. John E. Semmes. William L. Brann, Walter Wickes. D. Sterret Gittings, Janon Fisher and David F. Woods. Plans for Marylands fall racing season as regards presentation of meetings at Pimlico will be taken up next Monday at a conference here between the Maryland Racing Commission and representatives of Bowie, Havre de Grace and Laurel. In revealing the scheduled get-together, Frank Small. Jr.. chairman of the commission, explained that he had requested of the three tracks involved that they submit plans for purse distribution and stake offerings if permitted to stage meetings at Pimlico. The commissions action is an outgrowth of Bowies request that the 30 remaining racing days allowed by law this fall at Pimlico be divided between itself, Havre de Grace and Laurel, to the exclusion of Pimlico. The contention by the management of Bowie was that Pimlico already has had 20 days of racing and that it enjoyed one of the most profitable sessions in its history, whereas none of the other major associations in the state operated this past spring because of travel restrictions. Pimlico is the only track accessible under existing conditions. If the commission considers purse distribution and stake offerings as the deciding factor in apportioning dates to any of the three tracks with a view toward arranging for sessions at Pimlico, the Laurel and Havre de Grace associations no doubt would stand a better chance than Bowie. The latter track last fall disbursed 75,000 in purses. According to the states racing law each of the four major racing associations are supposed to distribute 25,000 annually throughout 25 days of racing. In the past Pimlico -and Laurel have offered the most liberal purse arrangement. Both tracks present quite a number of important stakes.

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