Preakness is Scale Race: Conditions Changed for 0,000 Maryland Jockey Club Fixture Eliminating Allowances, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-20


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PREAKNESS IS SCALE RACE Conditions Changed for 0,000 Maryland Jockey Club Fixture, Eliminating Allowances. BALTIMORE, Md., March 19. There has been an important change made in the conditions of the 0,000 Preakness Stakes of the Maryland Jockey Club this year. It has been run under conditions that imposed penalties and gave allowances, while for the running in May it will be at scale weights. That is the colts will take up 126 pounds, while the fillies are to carry 121 pounds. In previous running of the Preakness, for. some years, there have been conditions that provided an alfowance of four pounds for non-winners of ,000 ; eight pounds for non-winners of ,500, and twelve pounds for non-winners of ?2,000. These allowances have, on occasions, brought in starters that really did not measure up to the importance of the 0,000 prize, and with the race run at scale weights, while the field may not be as large, it will make certain a better band of horses. The Preakness is at a mile and an eighth and will be run at Pimlico on May 12. The entries do not close until April 8, and such a late closing makes certain a . larger percentage of starters from the nominations that are received than would be obtained with an earlier closing. This change to the scale weights brings the Preakness closer to tho conditions of the Kentucky Derby and the only difference in tho two fixtures now is that in the Preakness only entire colts and filles are eligible and it is at a mile and an eighth, while the Derby I is also open to the geldings, and it is over the mile and a quarter distance.

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