Danny Maher A "Lucky" Jockey.: English Critic Says Backing a Popular Jockey Is Dangerous Business., Daily Racing Form, 1907-04-09


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DANNY MAHER A "LUCKY" JOCKEY. Enqlish Critic Says Backinq a Popular Jockey Is Dangerous Business. In speaking of the career of tlie Duke of Port laud on the turf, an Bagllah critic draws attention in the way of a parallel to the success or "good luck." as In- calls it. of Danny Malur. the American jockey . At one time during his career the Duke was the great mogul of racing, but there • aine a day when his luck turned away; and though the same money, brains and energy, good blood and management were si ill employed, yet Ibt re Were no more Derbys, SI. l.egels or other big slal.es. The luck of the Duke had turned, but why did ii tarn m whal caused the stream i run the other way are aatatloas inn easily answered. But if the lisis of racing men both in America and England wire traced tin- case of the Duke of Portland would apply lo other rich men as well. Maher. il is asserted, has had the stream iiliiniiii; his way tor a loag lime, but the Bagllah experts say an Other season or Iwo will see il go the other way. Sis the critic: "Men like Daaaj Maher do remarkably well on the average, but just as brilliant horsemen as the popular Danny have Ilcipicully had a bad and pro loaged s|„-H of bad luck. Ii is al su.-h limes dan geroaa for backers to put their money on the mounts ot favorite jockeys. The most faahloaable |ockej has often hoi twenty or thirty eoaaecative !•• Ms. some forty; and any one St tempt lag to play the doubling up game on these occasions would have lost a lot of money. Maher has been singu i.nly sacceaafal sine,, bis advent in England. He is sack a Steady, efficient and well liked boy thai his BQCCeea will very likely iiiii through another season or two unless earthquakes upset dates. "lie is now one of the few American Jockeys al lowed lo ride in Lngland, and there never s as more popuiai professional. There is no doubt that he is a feral class horseman. And there is equally little doubt that, because of his success. D.iihi gets all the best mounts possible. He is a great mail a I the finish in the wonderful knowledge of pace and the accurate sizing up of the situation when a horse nursed right up to a eritcal moment is sent out in a desperate dash for victory. I. has never been staled that Mabel is the best American jockey we have ever seen. He is certainly the most popular, and for a variety of reasons. Master Danny is not only a successful jockey, but singu Lilly good looking and of agreeable manners. lb-seems to be modesty itself in comparison with Other transatlantic isii..|s of whom we have had s e knowledge. "A great deal has been said about Tod Sloan. No man seen in our limes has had such iiilluence on English jockeyship. Sloan taught things in his method which have left a permanent buvBeace on race riding here In fact, he helped most wrgelj to metamorphose the old style. Maher has done more to make the Alileli.au style res-peitcd. There was a lime when some of the most intluenl ial and successful trainers s:,i,i they would eat a horse if sach jockey--hip as Sloans could get him home a winner. The same nieii were subsequently found Bghtiag wiih each other to gel Sloans services, because iie seemed in incible jllst, then. That line horseman, the late John Waits, who was perhaps the niosi hrilliant pupil of the Tom Cannon school. learned to appreciate the merit of the ne,v school, and the Brat hoise that ever ran in his colors was ridden by one of the Keiffs. "This trifle was only one of | host which contributed to altering the old style of riding. The present amthod is a judicious cross between the American and the English, and with the truer times kept ill racing, because laces are lnort honestly run al proper pace from end to end. are should welcome it. There are certain drawbacks to every style, but there should not be much of a drawback on this account lo any one fond of a wager who backs Danny Maher during the present Hat race season. The backing of jockeys niounls is not fruitful in big aroBtS. It has led to great disasters. one of our richest owners nearly got smashed up in following a certain fashionable rider to will on the doubling system. It required some BIO, i lo pay up the liookiliakers at the end of the fourth week of consecutive losses, without a single win lo relieve llie disastrous sequence. There is no beiier reason to suppose that Maher will be more lice than Barrett from a disastrous break, yet it should lie safe to assert that Danny Mali, is mounts for this season should be a better road to success than backing the best three in training."

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