Good Rule in Contemplation., Daily Racing Form, 1917-01-17


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GOOD RULE IN CONTEMPLATION. The Kentucky Racing Commission has a good rule in contemplation. At its last meeting it proposed a rule which must lie over for tiiirty days which virtually changes the minimum purse rah- and gives the racing associations the right to divide the parses as they see fit. as long as the average addeil money amounts to 00 a race It means that heap four-year-old maidens are not going to run for* the same money as Dodge. Btar Hawk. lif. Jr., and other good ones have I.e. n compelled to do. Last fall at I.itonia Dodge was in great form alter he won the Inaugural Handicap and ready to start, but trainer Jennings would not send him after an eight-hundred purse. Now the racing secretary can put up a couple of cheap races for 1917.sh00 purees and out on a handicap each day worth ,200. Its the good horses the public wants to see. and they should be given an opportunity to go out and see them. Whenever a racing program is offered which brings out four or five really good i in - in a race increased attendance is immediately reflected at the gate. Men who spend big money lor fine horses should have an opportunity to earn something on their investment. Many stables which contained high-class horses have passed up Kentucky, for there they have not had the opportunity to win many races, and then when they did they only got as much as a maiden two or three-year-old. The ruing secretary will have the power, if the proposed rule passes, to cut one race 96 and always have at least a ,000 race, or he can cut two races to 00 and have a ,200 handicap. Under such an arrangement the cheap horses can seek other fields and the best stables will be found raeiag in Kentucky. Its the best rule the present racing cumin is-ion lias proposed.

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