Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-17


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* I c I h . is j r ] I , t t l I . l 1 . 1 , ] . ] i i Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of May 17, 1903 Sunday, no racing. E. R. Bradley arrived today at Hawthorns from Louisville with Banana Cream, Red Hook, Merry Pioneer, Common Bird and five other horses. Edward Corrigan was also an arrival with a string consisting of sixty five head. Jockey J. Reiff, who rides for the stable, expected to arrive tomorrow. There seems to be some grumbling on the part of those owners whose horses are supposed to have a chance of winning the Kings Plate, the fixture of the coming Woodbine meeting, on account of the large number of horses which are to start. It seems almost certain that at least twenty animals will face the barrier, and many of them will be able to do no more than to hamper the start and possibly kill the chances of some of the really good ones. This is due to the fact that the Kings Plate is one of ths most open events in the racing world, it costing only 0 to enter a starter for the stake, which is worth ,500. Among many owners it is thought that the class of the event would be aided greatly if the starting fee were increased to 5 in addition to the entrance fee. Many of the horses entered for the event are working well at Woodbine. The Seagram stable entry, including Elcho, Safe Haven, War Medcl and Fly-in-Amber, all have worked a mile and a quarter in 2:21%; Lady Essex turned in a mile in 1 :55 and the other Chappell Plater, Northland, went the same distance in 1 :59. Tancred, the winner of the last race Thursday at Louisville, was disqualified because, under the conditions of the race, the colt should have carried 102 pounds instead of 100. The rules of the Western Jockey Club make the owner responsible for the weight. All bets stood and were paid as the horses finished, the bets being made with the expectation that Tancred would carry 100 pounds, according to the program. Tancred was entered in Captain S. S. Browns name, but is under the management of V. Hughes, who has jockey Helgenson under contract. Hughes discovered his mistake as the horses were going to the post and rushed to the judges stand to ask permission to rectify the mistake. Judge Price declined to send the horses back and told Hughes that he should have discovered his error earlier. "I cannot keep several thousand people waiting here for half an hour longer because of your error," he said. "If the horse is carrying the wrong weight he will be disqualified." An examination of the entry sheet showed that the mistake was Hughes and Tancred will receive no part of the purse, first money being awarded to Lady of the West, second money to Altoona and third money to Hayward Hunter. This is the second purse lost by Hughes after Tancred had shown his opponents the way home. At New Orleans last winter the horse was entered in a race in the name of V. Hughes. After he had won a protest was filed on the ground that the colt was really the property of Captain S. S. Brown. An investigation showed that Tancred was in fact the Pittsburg millionaires horse, though there was room for doubt, owing to the complicated nature of a deed of sale for the colt. — %

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