Steeplechase Rules, Daily Racing Form, 1903-02-28


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STEEPLECHASE RULES. H. G. Crickmore, secretary of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, states that at a meeting several days ago of the stewards of that organization all the amendments proposed by a special committee were adopted. S. S. Howland, R. C. Hooper and H. S. Page composed the committee. All are practical men, and know exactly where the old rules were weak. Mr. Howland formerly racsd the well-known cross-country horse Lucknow; Mr. Hooper races a large stable of jumpers under the assumed name of "Mr. Chamblet." Mr. Page is the well-known amateur rider who captivated the public more than once last year by his artistic work in the saddle on Self Protection and others. In brief, the amendments now provide that a forfeit list shall be kept, which will be under the care of the clerk of the course. If, in fourteen days, all arrears have not been paid by horse owners, the Association upon whose course the forfeits or arrears have accrued, become responsible and must make good the deficiency to the parent association. In order to help to keep clear the books, a forfeit list is to be published in June and December of each year in the official Racing Calendar. Hereafter when one of the horses in the same ownership is disqualified for any reason, it. does not follow that all the horses in that interest shall be disqualified, as was the old rule. In future, he may be disqualified. Rule 81 is designed to punish cases of suspected "dope," just as the fiat racing rules do now. Another amendment prohibits jockeys from betting on races except through their employers.

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