Here and There on the Turf: Pimlico Stake Entries.; Good Preakness List.; Scull Caps for Jockeys.; The Case Against Turner., Daily Racing Form, 1924-04-13


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Here and There on the Turf i Pimlico Stake Entries. Good Preakness List. Scull Caps for Jockeys. The Case Against Turner. 4 Entries that were received for the stakes 1 of the Maryland Jockey Club were truly remarkable, both in point of quantity and I quality. They speak volumes for the high class racing that will be enjoyed at the old Pimlico course. It was expected that there would be a liberal response from the horse- . 1 . men. with so many attractive offerings, but the response was in excess of the fondeit hopes. What was most remarkable was the number of entries received for the Green Spring 5 Valley Steeplechase. Possibly never before in this country were 121 nominations made 5 for a steeplechase. What makes it doubly F remarkable is the fact that the closing was so late that it is natural to expect that a large e proportion of these are ready to race and i that the field may be the largest that ever r went to the post in that race. Pimlico has always been the Maryland track popular with the steeplechase stables and there e are a greater number of jumpers making ready y ■ for the sport there than ever before. It is I there that a good line should be had on the e quality of the imported jumpers that have c been brought over and the book will provide e for a race through the field ever- day. The Preakness Stakes with its 133 nominations is a roster of all the best three year-olds, taking a line through two year-old performances. The only absentees are the geldings, which are not eligible under the conditions, but Sararen and Time Exposure, possibly two of the best, will have plenty of other opportunities. Sarazen was named for the Dixie Handicap that closed last January and he has also been named for various other stakes that closed Tuesday. St. James, Diogenes. Mad Play, Wise Coun sellor, Senator Norris. Mr. Mutt, Bracadale. Aga Khan. Happy Thoughts and no end of other candidates for the three year old stake races are eligible and the field of the big mile and an eighth race is sure to come from the most representative stables in the history of its running. The reservations that have been made for stable room makes certain the presence of the •tars of last year. A. J. Joyner has announced that he will be on hand with George D. Wide-ners St. James, as well as Salacia and Parasol and four two year olds. Both Salacia and Purasel are eligibles for the Pimlico Oaks, as v *.l as having other important engagements. M*. Mutt will be on from Kentucky with others that are to race under the colors of H. C. Ft -her and John S Ward has made his reser f lions for Wise Counsellor, Worthmore and others in his big establishment. In Memoriam will be another Kentucky star on hand and | the Rancocas Stable will campaign a big string. This naturally gives promise of an other meeting between the son of McGee and [ Zev, and ju.-t now it would be hard to imagine a meeting of more importance. Some time ago Edward R. Bradley purchased a number of the indestructible skull caps j for the use of his riders. This cap is an Aus tralian invention and it affords a real protec . tion against injur- to the head in an accident. Now the Maryland Jockey Club has twenty-five of these caps of various sizes for the ? us*? of jockeys at the Pimlico meeting. It is j probable they will be used chiefly in the stee plcchases, but they will be on hand for free I u*6 by the rulers. | [ j . ? j I These caps are made of closely woven fibre i and fit the skull snugly under the silk cap. They will withstand almost any sort of a blow, and it is readily understood might prevent a serious accident from a fall. It was not altogether surprising that the stewards of the Jockey Club should turn down the application of Clarence Turner for a license to ride this year. His performance on Houri at Aqueduct one afternoon last season was the occasion for no end of criticism and it was one of the offenses that brought about the punishment. The race was thoroughly investigated before the action was taken. The stewards at no time give a reason for action taken against trainer or jockey, but it is known that the Houri race was one that had much to do with the suspension of the Turner license. How much better it is that the stewards I should work quietly in their investigation than to herald what is being done to the wide world. No action was ever taken by the stewards until there was a thorough investigation and time and again the investigation brings acquittal instead of conviction. If the investigations are broadcast and he who is under investigation is vindicated, no harm has been done. The fact of the investigation is a harm • no matter what the verdict. The stewards of the Jockey Club have never b?en stampeded by public clamor am! it is well that they work directly along the lines that have made racing endure so long. The only possible interest the public can have in any investigation is the finding of the investigating body and, even the announcement that this or that race is to be investigated really does not constitute news that is vital to the sport. Wrongdoers will be punished and the innocent will not be made victims I just as long as the investigations remain secret. Latest reports of how Spic and Span and Sunspero have been working suggest that Gif ford A. Cochran will play an important part in the three year old division this year. Both of these showed plenty of speed as two -year- olds and it is worth while to know they are coming to hand so early this year. Day by i day comes news of creditable training and everything points to many a fit horse when the racing season is in full swing. It was fitting that Richard T. Wilsons Night Shade should win at Bowie when Thos. J. Healy paid his first visit to the track Friday. Jack Pryce has been training this division for Mr. Healy and it was just as fitting that he should hit the bullseye when the "boss" was on hand.

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