More Money for Horsemen: Increased Fair Grounds Minimum Goes into Effect Today, Daily Racing Form, 1919-02-17


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MORE MONEY FOR HORSEMEN Increased Fair Grounds Minimum Goes Into Effect Today. Good Horses to Meet Next Saturday Royce Rools in Reserve for Eastern Racing. XEW ORLEANS. La., February lfi. Tim increase in tlit purses at the Fair Grounds meeting will go into effect Holiday, when the Business Mens Racing Association will add S500 to the daily aggregate puree offering. During the remainder of the meeting the minimum purse will be .00 instead of 00 as heretofore. This action of the association, while it comes somewhat late in the meeting, is nevertheless appreciated by the horsemen, who regard the increase as a matter of necssity, in view of the high cost of maintaining their racing establishments. The increased purses will also tend to produce better fields and bring aliout an improved brand of sport. With the. passing of the rainy season and the advent of settled weather conditions, the track is rounding into good and safe going, and through the present week the course can be expected to be better and faster than at any time during the meeting. If this should result local racing patrons will be treated to soipe splendid racing, as secretary Joe Mcl Mians program book for the week is the best lie lws issued this season. The book is liberally spriukted with high-class races, which will bring toge,tier -the best horses at the track. The weeks 1 1 1 it 3 ti feature, the Washington Birthday Handicap, will be decided Saturday, and its running will bring into contention n splendid - field, that ..will .infinite. VmmhtjrrHondace. Slippery Elm. "Bolster, Franklin and others that- have shown to good advantage this winter. Horsemen are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jos, Mat-tin, general manager of the Oaklawn I nick, who is due to reach here Monday. Mr. Mar-1 1ll Will announce the plans for the meeting, including thi purse values- and the number of days the meeting will run. The season will open Marcli 15, vhicli is later than last years opening date, and if its duration is similar to that, of last year, the windup will not come until about April 10. Tjie management of the Jefferson Park track is making active preparations for the spring meeting f ten days at that course, which will open Marcli the day following the close at the Fair Grounds, an terminate the day that Hot Springs opens. Jos. McLennan will succeed J. II. Campbell as secretary at Jefferson Park, and Campbell will take the place of Carter Hall in the stewards stand. These will lie the only changes in the personnel of the official staff. Mr. McLennan is now at work on the Jefferson Park program book. Seven races will le riven daily, as against six at the last meeting. The purse offering is a liberal one. There will be four races of 00. two at $.00 and one of the value of .00, making a total daily purse distribution of .,900. PKOBING INTO EULOGYS LAST RACE. The Fair Grounds stewards are still probing into the race of last Friday in which J. II. Goodmans Eulogy displayed such n remarkable form reversal, and Judge Murphy stated today that lie would make a complete investigation before making any further announcement. Goodman lias been closely questioned arid W. M. Cain, owner of Tze-Lsi. the favorite in the race which, ran such a dull race, lias also been interrogated. Cnssity, who rodo the Cain mare in the race in question, lias also given Ids version of the affair. Mrs. James Arthur, by virtue of the victory of Bondage in the Allenby Handicap Saturday, is now in the lead of winning owners, having a totnl of 35,033 to her credit. W. C. Clancy is second on Die list witli ,595, most of which was earned by Pickwick and the two-year-old Minute Man. H. Field, W. C. Weant and G. A. Marshall are also winners of substantial amounts. Cliff Robinson continues to maintain his lead in the list of winning riders. His winning mounts number forty-two. Mooney. his closest competitor, haw ridden twenty-six winners, while H. J. iturke. an apprentice, is credited witli thirteen. J. Rodriguez, Sneidmnn and Pool are also riding in winning form. T. H. Cross, of Chicago, has turned down several tempting otfers lor his four-year-old Salvation colt, Royce Rools, which has developed into one of the best handicap horses at the track. The colt won his last three races and in his last raced a mile in 1:38, the fastest mile of the meeting. Andy Blakeley, in charge of the colt, says that he is not for sale. It is his intention to give the colt a rest and save him for the valuable fixtures on the eastern tracks next spring. Joseph McLennan, who is soliciting entries for the Aqueduct stakes, reports that he has received a large number of nominations. Tiie entries close Monday. Henry McDaniel, who came over from Hot Springs for a short visit, departed tonight for the Arkansas health resort. A. L. Kirhys Rifle Shooter is suffering witli Wood poisoning as a result of having picked up a nail several days ago. Kenwards victory Saturday makes him ineligible to the sixtli race Monday; the nice is for non-winners at the meeting. T. H. Waters claimed Lea out of the seventh race Saturday for 00. Foreclosure has been placed on the schooling list by starter Dade.

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