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• The Maryland fall racing schedule was set and Laurel Race Course was to hold a 50-day joint meet – the longest continuous meeting ever in Maryland. With the cooperation of Bowie, Havre de Grace and Pimlico, the meet was to run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 31. Many of the stakes traditionally run at Havre de Grace were to be offered.
Pimlico would also offer a fall schedule, 22 days starting Nov. 1, with the Pimlico Special, Riggs, Governor Bowie and possibly a revived Pimlico Cup, on the slate.
• Once again on the move with his work with the Coast Guard, editor Humphrey Finney made trips back and forth across the country. During an excursion to California, he reported: “Opportunities occurred to visit some interesting points at odd moments. A weekend with the Howards at the Ridgewood was a memorable event. During this interesting visit we had the pleasure of taking a ride with Mr. Howard he mounted on none other than the mighty Seabiscuit, while the editor was riding Mr. Howard’s personal hack, a strapping palomino. I wonder how many stallions could be brought out for a race, say at a half-mile, with conditions calling for owners to ride, at catchweights.”
• The Thoroughbred Racing Associations of the United States, representing 33 of the largest tracks in the country, voted unanimously to oppose legislation that would legalize off-track betting.
“Thoroughbred racing,” said TRA president Harry A. Parr III, “is a recognized industry but it is primarily a traditional and established sport. The preservation of that sport must be our first consideration. The legalization of off-course betting would quickly undermine its foundation.”

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