That is hardly the case. Today, a year later, nearly half the tracks in the U.S. still refuse to join Harness Tracks Security Inc., including such major venues as Yonkers Raceway, Pompano Park, Wolverine and Rockingham. Even the president of the U.S. Trotting Association, Walter Michael, has withheld his support and that of the three racing associations he controls.
There are two basic reasons for this foot dragging. First is a reluctance on the part of some track owners to allow an independent organization (the only kind that can do the job) to handle security on their premises. Second is the mishmash of personality conflicts that has long made the management sector of the sport a jungle of acrimony. As a result, the betting public is not receiving the protection it deserves, and neither are the honest participants in trotting.
THE HARD WAY
Dr. J.L. Farace of Bangor, Pa. had a fairly memorable hole in one in three a few weeks ago at Robbers' Roost Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The doctor put his first shot in the water, took a penalty stroke, teed up a new ball and was shooting three. This time he hit the water again, but at a slightly more advantageous angle. The ball skipped across the surface like a flat rock, climbed a high bank on the other side to the edge of the green, where, as though it had eyes, it rolled 50 feet to the cup and dropped in. It was, as the doctor would be first to admit, a tough par.