Eternal Vigilance at All Times, Daily Racing Form, 1918-06-13


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ETERNAL VIGILANCE AT ALL TIMES Racing can be carried ou successfully and satisfactorily only with an accompaniment of eternal vigilance. Also there must be no letdown in any department, no matter how seemingly unimportant. These observations are apropos of conditions at Belmont Park. Last Saturday, after the steeplechase, a sponge was found in the nose of Brooks, owned by Capt. Joseph E. Davis, a true simrtsman if ever then- was one. In spite of that sponge Brooks finished second and the discovery set up a buzz of all sorts of nasty rei»orts. There is no reason in the world why any horse should go to the post with a sponge in his nose undiscovered. Proper policing of the stables and the paddock would go a great way toward making such an incident impossible. The vigilance that used to he exercised seems to have slackened down a great deal and there is no apparent reason for believing I hat such a letdown is for the good of the sport. Racing has come back stronger than even its most sanguine well wisher dreamed. It has established itself as one of our great war time sports, both as a siHirt and as an aid to the military. Let not one iota of that advantage be lost. It is strictly up to the officials. — New York Sun.

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