The Jockey's Club's proposed plan (SI, Sept. 25) to consolidate the New York tracks on a nonprofit basis and make Belmont the main tent has been met with a "to the barricades" response from most of the press—not because turf writers love Jamaica or Aqueduct more, but because they love The Jockey Club less. However, if the plan or something very like it doesn't go through, New York racing as we have known it will pass from the scene.
My only quibble with the Club plan is the idea of just one track. Horsemen are migratory folk who won't like holding still for 170-odd days in one place. So it is my belief that Aqueduct must be salvaged. The "next town" always looks greener to horsemen, horse players and probably even the horses. Too, I am just enough of a die-hard not to want to see the main track cut down, or even the Widener chute removed. It is true that Belmont is the only mile-and-a-half track in the country. But does everything have to conform?