Favors Walk-Up System: Col. Matt Winn Endorses Plan For Its Adoption On Kentucky Tracks.; Believes It Will Tend to Cleaner and More Satisfactory Sport--Budget of Interesting Gossip from Kentucky., Daily Racing Form, 1910-03-27


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FAYORS WALK DP SYSTEM COL MATT WINN ENDORSES PLAN FOE ITS ADOPTION ON KENTUCKY THACKS Believes It Will Tend to Cleaner and More Satis ¬ factory Sport Budget of Interesting Gossip from Kentucky Louisville Ky March 20 Col M J Winn Is heartily in favor or the adoption by the State Racing Commission of tlio walkup system of start V1 ° tllc titucky tracks as proposed by Colonel Mil on Young Colonel Winn says that in his opinion this method will serve to relieve the turf of several objectionable features He says that it Is u reform that will be appreciated bv the turfmen ami public alike He says that it would l c easier to teach horses the walkup start than to line them at the barrier and then send them off Colonel Winn has for a long time favored the walkup start lie liecanie impressed with its superiority at the time he iyis in charge at City Park New Orleans and during the past winter at Juarez where Mars Cassidy used the system with exceptionally good results The proposed system Colonel Winn says will have the effect of affording cleaner racing and will prevent protests which the patrons litter at times against strongarm assistants of the starter There is no denying the fact he says that frequently dis ¬ gruntled individuals make serious charges against the assistants of the starter They are charged with whipping horses at the iiost and holding them until eyery chance of winning is lessened Even if this system did not possess advantages which are ap ¬ parent its adoption would stop many ngly allega ¬ tions although the truth is that in a vast majority of cases the accusations are baseless lie says He says it will not be long until owners and the patrons of racing will wonder why the walkup start was not generally adopted years ago Colonel agoColonel Whin has in his possession the drum and Hag which were used in the early days of racing in Kentucky Price McGrath was the owner of the drum now In the jiosscssion of the New Louisville Jockey Club and it Is the very same which that famous turfman tapped to send on their journeys the greatest race horses this country has ever known knownThe The drum was originally presented bv a relative of Mr MeGrath to the Kentucky Racing Association N rt it vvrrs given to Captain Sam Brown and by that gentleman to Colonel Winn WinnFighting Fighting Hob was the only Derby candidate to do nnv fast work at Churchill Downs yesterday and trainer Gass only let the Keif colt work a comfort ¬ able mile in 147J a second and twofifths faster than his previous mile Each day this goixllooking son of Knight of Ellerslie adils to his friends among the horsemen at the local track and he is likely to have a strong following in the Derby DerbyTrainer Trainer Kalelgli Colston to the surprise of other trainers who were looking for the colt to do a speedy trial yesterday only let Waldo canter several slow miles but he worked the goodlooking twoyearold colt by Broomstick Sue Smith threeeighths in Ks lie went the lirst eighth in 11 and the quarter in 24 i iTwo Two of George T Longs homebred chestnut colts worked the same distance a fifth of a second slower The better liked of these two Ilashford Manor young ¬ sters Is named Enyoe which is trainer Coynes last name spelled backward backwardThe The weather was ideal for training operations and as experienced a trainer as Tom Stevens said he could recall no March morning even in California that was pleasanter than that of yesterday at the local track John Marklein also said he had seen more good days here in March this year than had marked many entire spring training seasons in Kentucky up to Derbv day Said he heIf If southerntrained Derby candidates come here expecting the locallyhandled colts to be short they will have another guess as I never saw a lot of horses in the spring so forward in their preparation as the bunch in training here this season seasonT T C McDowell shipped through this city yester dav his good broodmare Countess Irma the dam of The Ieer which won so many races for Iat Dunne last season The mare is on her way to Bar nev Schreibers Woodlands Farm in Missouri to be mated this season to Sain Countess Irma is a daughter of Sir Dixon and among the most prized stu stur r matrons at Ashland Farm FarmWhen When racing begins at Churchill Downs May 10 the public will note many changes and improvements The public entrance to the paddock will be widened considerably to relieve the congestion that has ex Ist d there Hereafter those visiting the paddock will enter at a point close to the track fence Thy narlmutuel department at Churchill Downs is liclug Jio arranged that In future fifteen cashiers will pay otr the lucky bettors A field entrance is being built on the Fourth avenue side of the track It will cross the course one hundred yards from the quarter post A new fence is being built around the inner track The clubhouse is being refurnished The park at Churchill Downs is being supplied with new trees plants and brightcolored flowers With the new green and flora 1 deeoratious and paint and whitewash the historic course will have on its best bib aiiil tucker when the sport begins May 10 10George George II Holle will race a string of thirty horses here this spring springColonel Colonel WIfiii Is receiving letters from people in Kentucky Ohio Indiana and Tennessee compliment in him for the readoptlon of the free field for Derby 1 The writers of many of these communications recall the spcclaclilar scenes of their boyhood days lid sav that they are coming again to behold sights iinf earn them to the pleasautest times of their ireers This is gratifying to Colonel Winn be iuse i convinces him that tho sentiment in connrc inn with racing has never lessened He confidentlv Viievcs that tlie Derby to be run on Mav 10 will Mrict at least 25K O p oplc to the field In all ii expects close to nftOOft Visitors at the Downs when the big race is decided for the thirtysixth thirtysixthroi roi Jack Chlun in commenting on the death of nnfi Tucker said that his first recollection of him ic when he was an employee of Edward Corrigan il he early 80s He said that from tlio first he nved himself a successful trainer and throughout I t career owned and prepared for racing some of i n iicst horses the American turf has known He M nob Tucker was mild in temperament lion Hr truthful shrewd and selfmade lie never iri irin n down n friend He was one of the greatest greatesti i Vntrers the racing game has known He won and I IV IVi i lot of inonev but no man can say anything t his honor or integrity to the discredit of his hiswrv wrv Sometimes he ovcrnlaved himself but he ivfl made good At the last sale of my horses i AVSIS there and broke but I told him that he heill ill have anything lie wanted on his word and he r ° iit one yearling Yes Bob could put a marker with me or anybody else and 1 am sorry that he heIsrvdonel Isrvdonel Oliiun commenting on the proposal to i t tlio walkup system of starting in Kentucky il I was one of 13ie first starters who used method nuil It is the only system I ever iisojl I rnrfleld Park I used a mark on the track the barriers came into vogue I had great lucwss with it and I thiuk Its rcadoptiou is ad ¬ visable

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