Kentucky Derby Incidents, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-20


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Kentucky Derby Incidents There were seven of the Perakness starters that were carded for the Derby running. These were : Walter J. Salmons Vigil, the Nevada Stock Farms General Thatcher, the j Greentree Stables Rialto, Harry P yne Whit- j neys Chickvale, J. S. Cosdens Martingale, | Rancocas Stables Zev and Benjamin Blocks j Better Luck. This was the strongest argument for a i selection of running dates such as obtained : this year and it is to be hoped that in the future there will be no conflict between : these great three-year-old races. It was an i arrangement that added to the interest of each and there could be no popular arrangement as far as the public was concerned. It is always inevitable, when there is a conflict of dates that one or the other race will suffer for patronage of both horses and sportsmen, though each is of an importance that will continue to tax the capacity of rimlico and Churchill Downs, even though there be a conflict. But the conflict can readily rob the best three-year-old of the year of one of his brightest chances and the champion should be considered. The unqualified success of both great races this year should make certain that never again will both races be run on the same date. It would be utterly impossible to chronicle the names of all of the distinguished men and women who viewed the Derby. Suffice it to say that every sportsman of note in the country", many statesman, and captains of industry were on hand. Among the numbers were Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Salmon, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Widener, Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, Mr. and Mrs. William Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Oosden, Harry F. Sinclair, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Wilson, George H. Bull, T. J. Pendergast, Frederick Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Block, Jefferson Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Chinn, A. B. Hancock, Major T. C. McDowell, General W. B. Haldeman, Robert W. Bingham, Robert Montgomery. E. A. Jonas, George Newman, Montfort and B. B. Jones, T. C. Bradley. Tom Taggart, Senators Ernst and Stanley of Kentucky, State Treasurer John J. Craig. Among the members of Congress on hand were Senator James Watson of Indiana and Representative Nicholas Long-worth of Cincinnati. The Indianapolis delegation was headed by Mayor Lew Shank and M. Bert Thurman, internal revenue collector of that city. David H. Blair, U. S. collector of internal revenue, with his wife, arrived from Washington, in time for the race. Col. Winn, with his usual foresight, invited all of the large cities of the country to send two plain clohtes men to assist in the policing for the day. These officers were on duty from the opening of the gates and the crooks that were attracted by the possible harvest that might come from such a monster crowd of merry-makers were turned back at the gates. This same policing arrangements made possible the adequate handling of the great throng and though there were many who had no possible chance to obtain even I a fleeting glance at the horses, there was a wonderful lack of confusion considering the Bize of the crowd. Louisville was Derby crazy from daybreak and the streets were crowded at sun-up by sportsmen for a day. Many found their way to the course before the opening of the gates to see the horses in their morning gallops and there was a round-up of those who remained inside for the racing that was to follow rather than lose a chance for a place for vantage. Chicago Eent the greatest representation of any large city. Powers in the citys commercial, financial and political life made the long trip to see the race. The Hamilton and Jackson Clubs both sent solid delegations and they occupied | j boxes in the grandstand mezzanine especially reserved for them. W. P. Riggs, general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, came in a private car with a party of friends that included among others Edward Burke, manager of Havre de Grace track; James F. Milton, starter, and Sonny Mahon, political power in Maryland. Nate Hirsch, well-known Cincinnatian and i Widely known in racing circles, brought a party of ten in a private car with him to witness the Derby. The ruling of the stewards in the case of jockey E. Pool, who was suspended for the meeting, was approved by the racing commission. General Manager Matt J. Winn stated that before the first race there had been 10,000 more programs sold than last year, which, conservatively, meant an increase of at least 15,000 in attendance this year over that of last, when the record was established. Tommie McGee, well remembered by the old guard of Chicago race-goers as right-hand man for Edward Corrigan, came from his home in Kansas City to witness the forty-ninth Derby. Among those in the Chicago delegation was Roy Keene, who is one of the boosters for the racing in that city. Incidentally the boosters were busy all afternoon and the big buttons worn were prominent all through the crowd. Jockey Sande, who came here to ride Zev in the Derby, returned tonight to New York. Dave Leary, who brought the horse, will go back tomorrow and also ship the colt to Jamaica at the same time. "It is a vastly different atmosphere and scene being enacted today than on the occasion of Meridians victory in the Kentucky Derby," said Richard F. Carman, owner of Meridian. "There is also a vast difference in the value of the race of today, and that won by Meridian." An immense airship, T. C. No. 1 of the ■ United States army, sailed in from Belleville. 111., arrived over the course at 2:15 and sailed over the course until after the running of the Derby, when it headed for Dayton, Ohio. It carried a considerable number of passengers. Hunch players had every reason to play the Audley Farms The Clown in the Derby. Shortly before the running of the second I race an aviator flew over the course re-peat«dly with "clown" as the name painted I in immense letters on its fusilage and the i under part of its wings.

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