Good Racing in the West Indies: Features of the Sport on the Island of Trinidad Its Peculiar Rules, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-30


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GOOD RACING IN THE WEST INDIES. Features of the Sport on the Island of Trinidad Its Peculiar Rules. Wherever Englishmen congregate in sufficient numbers, a race track and racing is nearly sure .to le found. Thus, on the island of Trinidad, there is a Sheepshead Bay track where on November 9, a race meeting will be held in celebration of King Edwards birthday. But the chief course on the island is Queens Park, where the Trinidad Turf Clubs races will take .place December 20 and 27, with a program of seven races each day. The lirst race is scheduled for 12:30 p. 111. daily, from which it may be. inferred that the race meeting is made ail occasion of general attendance with time provided after the sport is over for people to travel to their homes in different sections of the island. The principal races of the lirst day are the Trinidad Derby at "a mile and a distance of 100 yards," and the Trinidad Turf Club Stakes at a mile and a half. The leading features of the second day are the Produce Stakes, Port of Spain Handicap and Savannah Handicap. Some of the rules, or "articles," as they are called, read quaintly and are printed for the entertainment of American trainers, among others. One feature stands out and that is that the charges are sufficiently numerous to add materially to the fjmds of the club. Here is a selection: "Owners of horses are required to pay for the use of the course for every horse they enter as follows: If entered for one race only, 5; if entered for more thau one race, -0. "Owners desirous of retaining stalls in the paddock on the day of races will kindly send in their application to the secretary oh Friday, December C. 1907. next, before 1 oclock p. m. "All entries to be made and paid to the sec- rotary before 1 oclock p. m. on Friday, December fi, 1907, at the office of the Trinidad Turf Club, after which hour and date no entries will be taken. One dollar and twenty cents to be paid at time of entry for saddle cloth. "Entrance to race stand on race .days: Gentle-i mens tickets bought at the secretarys office for two days, .fl.SO. Bought at the race stand, . Geutle-meus single . tickets, ; ladies tickets, .20; childrens tickets, seventy-two cents. Paddock tickets, .40 each day. Members free. "The number of intending starters to be posted a quarter of an hour before the hour fixed for the starting of each race under a penalty of !?3 for noncompliance. "The owner of every horse must pay 0 for each horse entered at this meeting. Horses the bona fide property of a member, half price. "Three horses at least, not being the property ol the same person, to race, or no second prize will be given. "Matches to be run at such time as may be appointed by the stewards X to be paid to the clerk of the course for each horse to run in the match. "All horses must be saddled in the enclosure to be provided for that purpose and be ridden past race stand at least once before cacli race under a penalty of . "Entrance to the race course as follows: Carriages, four shillings, horses under saddle, three millings, at the time of entry. Members and officials when in their carriages admitted free. "The stewards reserve to themselves the right to demand declaration as ,.itp;tbe ldrth and age ol lorses entered in any race.. "Copies of the rules can be had from the secretary at twenty-four cents per copy4" In the matter of weights, Creole-bred horses have an allowance from horses bred in Jamaica and the United States. A Creole-bred horse is defined as "a horse sired and foaled in the West Indies except Jamaica and British Guinea. The Sporting Chronicle of Trinidad advertises Kraui as the "Greatest Sire in the West Indies." Krahi was bred at the Meadowthorpe Stud near Lexington, Ky. He was foaled In IS91, is by Knntnka Queenie, by Himyar, and so is a full brother to the fast filly Black Venus. He was exported to Trinidad when a two-year-old and was not raced in this country. The same newspaper also contained the news that "Goodwin Brothers were shipping three thoroughbred three-year-olds to arrive hero by the first steamer in October." The horses are not specified, but they were sprobably York, blk. c, 2, by Buck Massic Waterspritc; Shrewsbury, b. f, 2, by Heno Nellie Osborne and some other youngster picked up by Goodwin Brothers last September. ,

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