Queer Sights On Belgian Race Courses., Daily Racing Form, 1908-08-06


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QUEER SIGHTS ON BELGIAN RACE COURSES There are many curious sights to be seen on a Belgian race course writes a correspondent of the Sportsman from Ostend Belgium Not the least of them consists In the manner in which the gentler sex lend themselves to the service of sport The wife clerking for the husband is no novelty It ex ¬ isted outside on the heath in France before the government laid the race course under tribute but in Belgium they go one bettor with the female tlitac who by a system oC manual telegraphy rummiiniiahs with lur assistant outside on the heath he wireless messages which instruct him of the state of the market and guide him In his opera ¬ tions Before going any further a word must be iSaJd iu favor ot the niuujicr In which things arc managed at Osteud Looking out of the window at seven in the morning anil watching the morning gallops of the horses I saw when the horses liad re ¬ turned to their stables the race track Invaded by an army of men armed with all the necessary Im ¬ plements for making good the turf wherever It had been cut up by the hoof of a horse They were under the command of a leader who when the hole was too deep had a fresh sod cut from the neigh ¬ boring turf so as to avoid all danger to the sinews of those who were destlneil to show their best form in public later on TliiW operations carried out by a body of MILII almost shoulder to shoulder as thpy walked across the whole width of the course Vrece repeated prior to the iraml Criterion so that the ten competitors ran under the most favorable cond

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