Slovenly Starting in England, Daily Racing Form, 1913-11-21


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SLOVENLY STARTING IN ENGLAND. "We have lieen favored with delightful weather and good sport, marred only by slovenly starting, which, unfortunately, is no new experience, and surely the time cannot be far off when the stewards of the Jockey Club will take steps in the direction of improvements in tills the most important department of racing. In existing circumstances it is not surprising, though much to be regretted, that there have been bitter complaints by the public, who are the backbone of the game, are heavily interested financially, and are consequently entitled to i expect greater consideration. To defend careless starling by the plea of inattention or un-ruliness on the part of jockeys is prima facie absurd, for the man who controls the handling of the gate is invested with powers the proper observation of which would protect him against any such misbehavior, aud iC he permits it he is alone to blame, though, unjustly, iu uo way a personal sufferer." Commenting on the above excerpt from the London" Sportsman, the Toronto. Globe says: "Any person who has seen racing in England and in Canada must wonder what they would think in the old country of the work of a starter like Mr. Dade. They dont consider possible what we see done seven times a day all summer, and accept as a matter of course."

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