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BUILDED WISER THAN THEY KNEW1 Attehtlaa was called to a clause which stated that any non-winner of a selling race might be claimed by the owner of any other horse in that race for the entered price, pins the value of the purse to the winner, and as much more as the bidder might care to add to his bid. Some curiosity was ex-pn ssed as to why it was assumed that anyone should add anything to the amount of entered price and purse value, which would allow him to take the horse. "The rules committee buihled better than it knew in this particular case, explained one astute follower of the sport. Without intending to do it. they have provided a means to do away with friendly claims. Friendly claims, where an owner of a bants a horse would go to one or two M more friends who had horses in the same race and induce them to claim his bares to keep some real buyer from getting him. have been all too frequent. This new clause of the rales allows a prospective bidder through the claiming route for a defeated horse to bid even more than the entered price and purse. The saan adm i:ow puts i:i a hid with the honest in-tentioa of getting a horse will have the advantage, because the friendly bidders of the past will have no knowledge of what price some outsider may bid, and will hesitate to take a Cannes of bidding any extra money on any horse to be claimed."