No Change in Eastern System: Cassidy Says He Can Start Much Better with the Flat-Footed Break, Daily Racing Form, 1907-06-29


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NO CHANGE IN EASTERN SYSTEM. Cassidy Says He Can Start Much Better with the Flat-Footed Break. New York, June 2S. After all the clamor for the "walk up" system for starting on the Jockey Clubs tracks, Mars Cassidy has come out with an unqualified statement to the effect that this method of sending horses away from the post is impracticable, and that he can do much better work with the llat-footcd break. As the Jockey Club has all along Insisted that the standing start was the only proper way to handle the fields at the barrier, Cassidys surprising statement in the face of the long-drawn-out howl for the "walk up" probably means that there will be no more agitation on this line. As Cassidy has the matter In his own hands he will go ahead with the present method at the post and do the best ho can. Cassidy declares that the "walk up" system would be all right if comparatively few horses, , racing day in and day out, were to be handled, but with so many new horses going to the barrier daily, together with large fields, he says, .the moving start would only cause confusion and increased fault-finding on the part of the public. So the llat-footed break will remain in vogue, much to the satisfaction of conservative turfmen, who say that it Is best to let well enough alone. It was understood all along that Cassidy wanted a change to the "walk up" system, so that the advocates of this method, when they learned of the starters opinion yesterday, were in a decidedly bad predicament. They realized that they had been wasting much time on a crusade that never had a chance to go into effect.

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