Novel Features Of Russian Racing., Daily Racing Form, 1910-12-08


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NOVEL FEATURES OF RUSSIAN RACQIG Xew York December 7 Jockey Willie Gannon who lias ridden in Russia for several years recently returned to Xew York for the winter According to this returned traveler In Russia they have fifteen or twenty races a day every other day They have alwut 110 clays of racing at Moscow nineteen in the spring and the same in the fall at Warsaw and fifty days at St Petersburg says Gannon Rac ¬ ing goes on for three days a week over turf courses of a mile and a quarter Sometimes they begin a card of a dozen or fiftoen races at five oclock in the afternoon and just keep on going I rode a winner one evening there was hardly any night there at that season at eleven oclock oclockGannon Gannon rides at about 115 pounds Rndtkc Rich ¬ ards Joe Piggott and Johnny Hoar are other Ameri ¬ can riders over there One bit of information com ¬ ing from Gannon throws a light on the governmental idea of racing in Russia RussiaThe The government races a stable says Gannon but it takes only twentyfive per cent of the money won the balance goes to the second horse horseSuppose Suppose the government horse won the Derby of of5OOO 5OOO V he was asked askedAll All hut twentyfive per cent would go to the owner of the horse running second secondBetting Betting is by the parimutuel method the book ¬ maker is unknown An attendance of 15OOO is not unusual on gala days The admission is little over a dollar and the crowds remain for as many races as may be carded Purses are not as large as American racing associations regard them 200 being the usual figure figureGaiiuou Gaiiuou goes back in the spring to M Lazareff who races a stable both at Warsaw and Moscow in the season Previously he rode for Prince Loubo mirski mirskiA A colt by Florizel II out of Lady Massey the latter once owned by John E Madden Is about the best twoyearold in Russia this season

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