Causes of the Trouble at Ascot Park, Daily Racing Form, 1906-02-07


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CAUSES OF THE TROUBLE AT ASCOT PARK. According to reliable information, ail is not fmooth sailing at Ascot. The shipment of so many stables up here this early in the season is unusual, and is doubtless due to some grievances, fancied or otherwise. There are two factions at Ascot. One is headed by J. J. McCnITerty, a brother of Charles McCafferty, who owns Dr. Leggo. "Boots" Durnell Is the leader of the other contingent. C. T. Boots, Fred Wood and several other stables are in the McCafferty line up. Dick Williams, before leaving Ascot, was with the Durnell end. In fact, nil the other stables at outs with the McCafferty crowd are lined up behind Durnell. The constant bickerings and sharp practices of the leaders were a source of great worry to the officials and managers. It is also learned from a good source that McCafferty lias had a shade the best of everything in the past few weeks. At any rate, some of Dur-nells adherents labor under that impression. They say that McCafferty was responsible for the setting down of Wiley. Starter Holtman and Manager Brooks alFo fig-uied in a wordy row, which lias caused no end of gossip at Ascot Park. It appears that Brooks went to the start in a five-furlong race and upbraided Holtman because one of his assistants was holding olio of the horses at the post. Holtman ninde a tart reply and wanted to know who was stariing the race. Brooks grew excited and said that he did jmt propose that Holtman should break up racing at Ascot. Nothing came out of the matter, except I that it has caused more or less 111 feeling. It will take a diplomat to straighten out affairs nt Ascot. San Francisco Chronicle.

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