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MOVES SLOWLY PLAYS NO FAVORITES NEW YORK, N. Y., March 3. Local turfdom lias not as yet recovered from the surprise the stewards of the Jockey Club sprung when they tabled the applications of jockeys Loftus and Lyke. However, , after the first shock was over the universal opinion expressed was that the turfs governing body must have had some weighty reasons for its action, as, while it moves slowly, it plays no favorites, and rules with an iron hand when the occasion demands. "You can rest assured that the stewards have excellent reasons for barring Loftus and Lyke," said an influential turfman who races a formidable string of thoroughbreds and is familiar with inside methods. "The turf governors move slowly, it is true, but when they obtain conclusive" evidence of sharp practice they play no favorites. It would be foolish to believe that the Jockey Clubs solons were not aware of what happened on the New York tracks last year. They have sources of information which are trustworthy, and in that way they learn everything in connection with racing. When jockeys or trainers are notified tiiat they cannot operate there is no come-back. The stewards have the necessary proof, and the culprits know it. The racing public needs protection. If the Jockey Club didnt stand for holiest .sport the tracks soon would close for lack of patronage. Racing is a splendid pastime, and lias managed to survive numerous attacks in New York State because the Jockey Club has tried to keep it fn-e from evil."