Groom Dispute at Jamaica Settled for Opening Day, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-10


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! Groom Dispute at Jamaica Settled for Opening Day JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., April 8.— Officials of the Metropolitan Jockey Club, operators of the Jamaica track, issued a statement after the second race pertaining to the petition presented to them by the stable grooms. The request was for a fee to each groom leading a hoise to the paddock in addition to the award of 0 to the groom of the winner. The association, in order to avoid confusion and not to embarrass the huge crowd, contributed additional to each owner represented in the days races. This action, it was stated, was to cover the opening day only and the arrangement was not to be continued beyond the one day. The officials of the five New York tracks later announced that for the specific purpose of enabling owners to meet increased operating costs increased purses and stake offerings were programmed. They took the stand that the grooms were asking payment from the association for a service rendered their employers. All patrons who attend the races during this period of uncertainty are warned to retain carefully the half of the admission ticket returned when they pass through the turnstiles. These will be honored with a refund in the event running of any of the scheduled races in the afternoon is not held. ; 1 . j

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