Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-07


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of April 7, 1903 Racing at Washington, Memphis and Oakland. The colors of United States Senator Gorman will be seen in the steephchases at Pim-lico during the meeting of the Maryland Steeplechase Association in the week beginning April 18 and continuing five days. The Maryland Hunt Cup will be the chief fixture of the opening day. Turfmen are agreed that the coming season will be the greatest in the history of American thoroughbred racing. The success of the meeting at Benning is already assured, yet that is only an appetizer preparatory to the sport on the metropolitan circuit. That the turf authorities in the East intend to deal severely with those who transgress is evident from the action of the stewards at Benning, who only last week suspended jockey Miles and referred his case to the Jockey Club. The boys offense was a glaring ride on "Father Bill" Dalys Carroll D., in conjunction with which it is common talk that a certain well-known bookmaker, whose sheets were examined by the stewards, won heavily on the colts defeat. While Miles is likely to be practically ruled off there is no way to discipline the layer unless the Metropolitan Turf Association takes the matter in hand. Those who are conversant with the inside of the matter say that the Metropolitan Turf Association should institute an investigation at once, and if the charges against the bookmaker can be proved he should be expelled from membership without further delay. If it can be shown that one of the members of this association connived with a jockey to pull a favorite the consensus of opinion is that he should be banished for the sake of the reputation of the Metropolitan Turf Association and the good of the turf. At Benning the story of the Carroll D. race is common property. The name of the bookmaker charged with complicity in the affair is on the wagging tongue of gossip.

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