"I Rode to Instructions," Says Radtke: Eastern Horsemen Are Now of the Opinion That Tommy Waddell Was Not Pulled, Daily Racing Form, 1906-10-30


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"I RODE TO INSTRUCTIONS," SAYS RADTKE. Eastern Horsemen Are Now of the Opinion That Tommy Waddell Was not Pulled. Xew York, October 20. When the Jamaica stewards suspended jockey Radtke for his suspicious looking ride on Tommy Waddell, there appeared to lx a general feeling that the boy had been deservedly punished, but the tide of sentiment is flowing in the other direction now. Thus far diligent inquiry lias failed to show the boy was in collusion with any one and horsemen are of the opinion that he rode the horse to the best of his ability or at least in keeping with the instructions that were f;iveri liim. Concerning the matter Radtke has made tills statement: "I didnt pitll .Tommy Waddell, and I havent pulled any other horse. I am in the jockey business to win. Thats what gets the money. This pulling business dont get you anything. I pick up a little side money once In a while, but it would put ine in Had sure if I want to be a star, and I want to make all the honest money I can. Its a 100 to 1 shot that a jockey who is trying to get up a rep aint going to pull horses. "I didnt know I was going to ride Tommy Waddell until 15 minutes before we started. I didnt have a mount and Mr. Peters came to me and asked me did I want to ride Bizzy Izzy. That horse is a bad actor and never lias won a race. As I had been set down several times 1 didnt want to ride a bad jictor, for fear the stewards would think -I was the bad actor and set ine down again. Dizzy Izzy is also a biter. Tlien Mr. Hynes, who owns Tommy Waddell. told Mr. Peters that be didnt have a rider and that 1 would do. "In the paddock Mr. n.vnes, in giving me the final orders, said: Now, this horse is liable to sulk, so dont you strike him with the whip. "I said Alt right and we started. I did the best I could with him and came within an inch of finishing third. Now, thats the truth about the whole trouble. It may have looked suspicious because 1 didnt: put the whip to Waddell, but that was my order."

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