Attempted Ringing Punished by Murphy, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-08


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, ; ATTEMPTED RINGING PUNISHED BY MURPHY Joseph A. Murphy yesterday announced that Sanford Skinner of New York and Mark Tucker of Jamaica, N. Y., and the horses Dolman and War Relief, suspended at Maple Heights for attempted ringing, had been ruled off the turf and the horses permanently disqualified from racing and the fillys produce from racing. This ruling followed a letter from Tucker from Jamaica, N. Y, denying that he had ever been in Cleveland and one from Skinner giving some interesting sidelights on the case. Skinners letter reads like a fairy tale. Extracts from it are as follows : "Mark Tucker approached me at New York to lease the horses for the Cleveland meeting. We arranged to lease half and half and he left Thursday preceding the Cleveland meeting. I entered War Relief several times, only to be put on the eligible list, and finally got in Thursday. I was in and out of the stable all morning. After giving in the colors Mr. Tucker and myself went up into the grandstand and sat down. About an hour before the races started I went oyer to the stable and found that another mare was in War Reliefs stall and looked almost like her, but I could tell the difference and hunted Mr. Tucker up and told him. We hustled right back to the barn and looked her all over, and it wasnt War Relief, but I dont know what it was and never saw that one before. In looking her over we discovered that she had hurt herself, had a bad cut near the hoof on the left hind foot Late in the afternoon we walked over to the stable and found War Relief in her stall. We walked to North Randall and shipped that night. The horses are turned out on a farm near Yonkers. "I would like to find out who the man was that was around the stable about five days before the race and wanted to buy War Relief. I told him I would take ,500. He said he would call the next day, but I never saw him again. This man was thin, chewed tobacco like the dickens, was about fifty to sixty years of age, wore glasses, had a sandy gray mustache and hair." Judge Murphy expressed the opinion today that the filly had been purposely crippled to find an excuse to scratch her. He also stated that he was satisfied he could supply the information as to the man with the sandy mustache. He would like to know the identity of the filly which his tracers believe was shipped to Bridgeburg, Ont. The mysterious filly is three years old, a dark bay or light brown with dapples, large star running to narrow stripe extending below the eyes. Left front coronet white. Scar on left hind foot extending above hoof. This may be permanent. Filly shows considerable white in eyes when rolling them.

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