All Old Officials Are Re-Appointed: Presumed That Cassidy Will Do All the Starting on Metropolitan Tracks-the Suns Comment, Daily Racing Form, 1906-01-16


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ALL OLD OFFICIALS ARE RE-APPOINTED. Presumed that Cassidy Will do all tho Starting on Metropolitan" Tracks The Suns Comment. "In re-appointing the old oflicials to have charge of the racing on the eastern tracks this year the stewards of the Jockey Club have indicated their complete confidence in starter Cassidy and Judges Clarence McDowell and C. H. Pettlngill," says the New York Sun. It is assumed that Mr. Cassidy will do all of the starting again this year, although not long ago there was a rumor that another man would be engaged to divide the work with hiin. Mr. Cassidy possesses a rugged constitution and is apparently a glutton Tor steady work, for In spite -oT the long campaign here last season, in which lie never missed a day at the post from the opening of Ben-nings in March to the wlndup in December, he is starting the horses at City Park, New Orleans, tills winter, and Ids work has been generally satisfactory. "But at New Orleans Mr. Cassidy is using his walk-up system, which was prohibited on the Jockey Club tracks in 1005. Whether the Jockey Club stev-ards will yield the point before the racing at Washington begins, and allow Mr. Cassidy to send the horses away according to his own ideas, is a dillicult problem to solve. The standing start has never been relished by Mr. Cassidy, but it Is a fact that many of the leading turfmen here believed in it firmly last season, and for that reason the walk-up system was sidetracked. "Judges McDowell and Pettingill were severely and perhaps unjustly criticised last year because of alleged errors in the placing of horses at the wire, and some persons toward the close of the campaign circulated the report that they might be displaced. But both are competent, honest and fearless, and for that reason the Jockey Club stewards apparently have no reason for making a change. "W. S. Vosburgh, re-appointed ollicial baudicapier, has a mortgage on the job, anyway, so that the announcement is merely formal. He is conceded to be the best adjuster of. handicap weights in this country, and his figures in many instances have produced remarkable results. Racing under the jurisdiction of the Jockey Club, therefore, will be in capable hands, which means that the contldence of the public will not be lost. But the Jockey Club might have made another step forward by appointing at least one paid steward to olliciatc at all tracks. Such officials have been decldely successful in the west and many turfmen would like to see the method tried here."

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