Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-21


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Dec. 21, 1902 Sunday; no racing. During the racing campaign of 1902 twenty three-year-olds won ten or more races. Last year the number achieving this measure of success was nineteen. It is said that W. C. Whitney has received a license to conduct a twenty-day meeting at Aiken, S. C, in the early spring. The meeting will not be run for the public, but merely for the amusement of the colony of cottagers at that place who are interested in the sport. The winner of the greatest number of races of 1901 was the American Derby winner Robert Waddell. To the second horse in the American Derby of this year, Lucien Appleby, falls the same distinction. He is a great race horse and the same can be truly said of Schwalbe, Sombrero, Corrigan, Jack Rattlin, McChesney, Aladdin, Hermis and Old England, all of which are in the double figure list. Joe Jackson, the jockey who was suspended indefinitely, was a newsboy before he became a rider. San Francisco is now unionized from end to end, and, of course, the newsboys there have a formidable union. They have espoused the cause of Jackson and several days ago a deputation of walking delegates called on President Williams and demanded the boys reinstatement. President Williams, after listening to the talk, told them to run along and sell their papers, adding that it would probably be a good idea for Jackson to go back to selling papers. One of the New Orleans stewards, in discussing the Moabina scandal, refers to the machinations of the culprits who engineered the job as villainous. "Why, those men did not stop at anything to achieve their purpose. A human life would not deter them. Why, they actually sent out Moabina with her girth strap almost severed. After the horses left the post, it is said, one of the railbirds saw it snap and dangle to the ground. The man endeavored to yell a warning to Hicks, but to no avail. How the boy retained his seat and was not thrown under the hoofs of the flying horses is beyond comprehension. The jobbers meant to stop the mare, even if it were at the sacrifice of the boys life. Expulsion from the turf is. too mild a punishment. These men should be placed in the hands of the civil authorities."

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