Scandal at Ascot Park.: Defeat of Cazador Causes Suspension of Horse and Rider., Daily Racing Form, 1907-01-08


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SCANDAL AT ASCOT PARK. DEFEAT OF CAZADOR CAUSES SUSPENSION OF HORSE AND RIDER. Owner Sturqis Bets on Bannell — Judqes In- vestiqatinq Further — Race Run on Flat Instead of Throuqh Field. Los Angeles. Cal.. January 7. The disgraceful showing made by Cazador today in the lirst ra e, a dash of one and one-half miles over the main course, which was substituted for the steeplechase on account of the unsafe infield, brought forth judicial wrath. Jockey Rodrock and the horse were suspended pending tin invesligation. Owner Jack Sturgis was called into the stand and asked lo explain the horses poor showing, hit! was totally at a loss to account for it. A niinilier of bookmakers slice! s were brought up to the judges and carefully examined, but nothing out of the ordinary was discovered. Sturgis acknowledged that he bet M oa the w inner, but said it was solely on the Judgment of Bookmaker Adkins, who convinced him that CaiaaOT had not a chance to neat Bannell. Judge Cole said that the victory of Bannell was not the cause of any suspicion against Cazador, but: it was the fact that horses Cazador beaten easily in races heretofore made him look cheap today. The affair had caused quite a scandal and the judges intend to prolie the matter to the bottom. owing to a scarcity of timber-toppers here and caustic criticisms in the local papers brought al out the recent killing of steeplechase jockey Lew is, there is some talk of declaring off the held races and substituting races over the Brooks Course at one and one half miles. Manager Brooks declares, however, that as soon as a apeil of good weather sets in. the crosscountry affairs will be resumed. The constant aownnoar today made the track a ■ea of mud and it will require two or three days of sunshine to get il back into pood shape Bgaia. The racing was dull and uninteresting. The crowd] was small and the letting light.

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