Agitation Against Jockey Agents: Riders May Be Placed Under Direct Control of Officials Appointed by Jockey Club., Daily Racing Form, 1918-11-14


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AGITATION AGAINST JOCKEY AGENTS AGENTSHiders Hiders May Be Placed Under Direct Control of Officials Appointed by Jockey Club New York November 13 Jockeys who receive licenses to ride on the New York tracks next year may not be permitted to employ agents or managers to look after their affairs The governors of racing have been carefully investigating the methods em ¬ ployed by the jockeys itersonal representatives and the need for reform in that direction seems to be imperative It will not be surprising therefore to learn that the riders in future will be under the direct control of several trustworthy officials appointed by the stewards of tiie Jockey Club and that outside agents or managers will be pronounced nonessential nonessentialIf If the jockeys engagements are made by recog ¬ nized officials in the employ of the racing asso ¬ ciation youll see a big improvement next year said a prominent horseman It also might be a wise move to keep the names of the riders secret until fifteen minutes before each race Then col ¬ lusion between agents and speculators would be impossible Of course owners who hail first call on the senices of certain jockeys would not be affected when competing for stakes but it might be possible to change present conditions regarding the engagements of riders for overnight races racesIt It also has been suggested that a rule strictly prohibiting the placing of wagers for jockeys by their employers should be adopted before 1919 It was common talk recently that outsiders were making bets for several riders In fact certain operators received sharp warnings from the Empire City stewards at the last meeting This evil was growing steadily when the stewards called a halt

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