Starter Overlooks Horse: Brown Sends Field Away At Moncreif Without Abe Attell.; Horse Was on His Way to the Post When Others Were Given Word to Go--Bets Declared Off After the Favorite Finishes First., Daily Racing Form, 1910-03-02


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STARTER OVERLOOKS HORSE SENDS FIELD AWAY AT MONCREIF WITHOUT ABE ATTELL Horse Was on His Way to the Post When Others OthersWere Were Given Word to Go Bets Declared Off OffAfter After the Favorite Finishes First Jacksonville Fla March 1 One of those unusual liappenings that occur but once in a decade at a race course was witnessed tit Moncreif Park this afternoon In the opening dash contested by two yearolds Starter Brown sent the other horses away liefore AlK Attell readied the post The outcome was a driving finish lictwccn the favorite Decency and Mud Hen with the former winning by half a length Tlie field with the exception of A be Attell went to the ixist by the shortest route but Nicol took his mount the long way and he was not within ti furlong of the starting point when the others were sent away awayA A crowd gathered around the judges pagoda awaiting a decision which was reached after starter IJruwn Secretary Treasurer Pons and J H Patterson tine of the vicepresidents of the association had vntered the stand After consultation all bets on the race were declared off but the ruling while satisfactory to a majority naturally was not pleas ¬ ing to those who had wagered on the winner Book ¬ maker Tom Shaw was one of those who took excep ¬ tion lo the ruling and immediately suspended business for the balance of the day An incident of this Kind occurred at Latonia a few years ago when a race was started before Ethel Day had reached the post Judge Trevelyan who was the presiding official at the track at that time took the same course that the officials here did today There is u rule covering betting in the rules of the South vrit Jockey lull but one of the rules gives the judges discretion to act In cases of emergency such as todayIt occurred today It is also recalled that at the Fair Grounds track sit New Orleans aliout fifteen years ago when C J Fitzgerald was acting as starter he sent the hoixs way one day when one of the field was still in the l addock The horse was a 100 to shot and on lliat occasion bets were allowed to stand and the inouejr wagered on the horse in the paddock was re ¬ funded by the association The track was a perfect quagmire but despite this interesting contests and close finishes were in order Only orderOnly twentylive books cut in today the smallest number in a considerable time The wretched condi ¬ tion of the track was responsible for the absence of Koine of the layers Jockey layersJockey S Davis was taken sick after dismounting from Havre in the fifth race and was unable to fulfill his engagement on Bclleview in the closiug dash placeThe Henry being substituted in his place The stewards of the Southern Jockev Club have restored jockey Howard to favor over the protests of the judges and starter Howard was suspended for the remainder of the meeting for what was termed Incompetent riding

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