Transfer of Empire City, Saratoga Meets Approved: Jamaica to be Site of Former Session and Belmont Latter, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-06


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Transfer of Empire City, Saratoga Meets Approved Jamaica to Be Site of Former Session and Belmont Latter NEW YORK, N. Y.. June 5.— The state racing commission has received from Empire City Racing Association its applica- j tion to conduct its spring and fall meetings | at the track of the Metropolitan Jockey j Club, at Jamaica. Long Island. The application has been granted and a permit will be issued. The reasons impelling the commission to this determination are substantially ! those set forth in a memorandum issued in j connection with the application of the Sar-atoga Association for the Improvement of I the Breed of Horses for a permit to conduct its summer meeting at Belmont Park, j In a statement to the press issued May | 28, Governor Dewey referred to the state racing commission the question of whether there should be thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs this summer. The commission received from the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the Breed of Horses its application to con duct its summer meeting at Belmont Park, Long Island. After consideration of the factors involved, the commission unanimously determined to grant the application. The three commissioners regret that they could not authorize a racing season at Saratoga Springs this year and are hopeful that circumstances will permit the usual summer meeting there in 1946. The chief consideration which moved the commission in its determination is the attitude of the Federal agencies at Washington entrusted with the maintenance of transportation and vital war supplies for the further prosecution of the war. In addition to these factors, which the commissioners believe sufficient, they considered probable consequences in other directions, should racing return this year to Saratoga Springs. A successful season would require the shipment of some 1.400 horses now mainly stabled on Long Island, a distance of almost 200 miles. Obviously, this would put a burden on various transportation systems. These horses would require about 11 carloads of feed per week, an added burden on transportation. Approximately 3.500 people directly concerned with the care of these horses would have to be transported from the Metropolitan district to Saratoga Springs.

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