Correct Solution Not Yet Reached., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-11


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CORRECT SOLUTION NOT YET REACHED. Nothing more strikingly demonstrates the complete refusal of owners of horses to accept the elementary principle of selling races than the frequent record that somebody "retaliated" for the bidding up of his own horse by claiming another that he did not really want, and in the ordinary course of events would never have thought of adding to his possessions. The sole motive is admittedly resentment at the exercise of a right to which he himself subscribed when he made an entry in a selling race. He would have no quarrel with a bidder on a horse he had sent to the auction yard, yet seldom fails to "retaliate" by some foolish aud spiteful purchase on the other owner, who differs from him as to the accuracy of the valuation he had put on one for weight purposes in a selling race. The rule has been tinkered with in all sections of the country, north, south, east and west, but he would be a bold man who would say that the correct solution has been reached. Of one thing we may be sure, that finality is not to lie expected so long as the conditions are drawn with a view to relieving owners from the full responsibilities that should attach to participation in a selling race. — Francis Nelson in Toronto Globe.

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