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Edward S. Voss Jr. contributed a column titled the “Unfair Discrimination Against Racing,” in response to criticism of racing during wartime.
“In these troubled times much antagonism has been raised against American racing,” Voss wrote. “This opposition, whether just or unjust, can be blamed, along with many other issues, on the war. . .
“Racing contributes a vast amount of money to the federal government, state govern­ments and municipalities. It has con­tributed no less than $10 million at least to Army and Navy Relief, the Red Cross and many other individual charities. . .
“Racing is a valuable morale builder, as is any other sport. People must have a place to relax and momentarily forget the routine and worry of everyday life. Racing is also a large industry, employing thousands of people directly or indirectly
. . . If racing were stopped, it would be a tremendous or even impossible task to revive it. . .
“Most important of all, the breeding industry would be ruined. There would be no reason or reward for the average breeder to keep on. . . The work and pride of centuries would be erased, and the most thrilling and sometimes heartbreaking sport would come to an end. Why should a number of narrow-minded cranks and crooks destroy an institution which is enjoyed by the majority of people.”

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