Rules for Tanforan Park: C. T. Boots and R. F. Leighton Drawing Up Regulations to Cover California Track, Daily Racing Form, 1922-11-17


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RULES FOR TANFORAN PARK C. T. Boots and R. F. Leighton Drawing- Up Regulations to Cover California Track. ! SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., November 16. Charles T. Boots, pioneer breeder and "ad- viser extraordinary" to the directors of the Pacific Coast Jockey Club, and Robert F. Leighton, racing secretary of the Tanforan organization, are drawing up the rules of racing for the coming meetings at the course down the peninsula. The chief instruction of the directors to the committee of two were to this effect: "Follow the rules of the Jockey Club and you will not go far wrong." Mr. Boots recently returned from the metropolis, so has first-hand information as to the working out of the rules on the big eastern tracks. He is frank in saying that many of the regulations met with his full approval, while others did not impress him favorably. As much racing is planned at Tanforan following the first meeting, for the first part of the year the scale of weights, especially the matter of burdens to be carried by young horses, is one of the big problems "to be wrestled with by the two committeemen. Weights for the horses of the mature division probably should be the same as at the Fair Grounds, New Orleans, as the scale at the Louisiana track is the one universally used at the big courses of the country. At New Orleans in the Fair Grounds racing, in events exclusively for two-year-olds, the weight is 122 pounds, the same as at the large courses in the summer and fall. Whether 122 pounds should be the weight for the youngsters at Tanforan, or 11S pounds, as at Havana and Tijuana, will be decided by Messrs. Boots and Leighton. Another important question to be taken up by the committeo is that of disqualifications. A rule must bo framed calling either for disqualification automatically in case of interference or impeding, or, on the other hand, making the decision discretionary with tho stewards Tho mandatory provision in the rules of racing of The Jockey Club does not seem to work out satisfactorily in all cases and has few supporters out this way.

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