Suggest Jockeys School: Earl Sande Would Make Ideal Instructor for Educating Lads in Saddle Art, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-30


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SUGGEST JOCKEYS SCHOOL Earl Sande Would Make Ideal Instructor for Educating Lads in Saddle Art. Winter racing, which is now under way. at three tracks, leads the longer and more important summer season in one respect It produces .more new jockeys. Each winter sees one or more riding stars developed at New Orleans, Tijuana and Havana. Last year it was Ivan Parke and Johnny Maiben, the year before that Johnny Corcoran, and the year before that Chick Lang. Corcoran, unfortunately, did not live up to his early promise, but the others now rate among the leading jockeys of the country. Who is destined to follow in their footsteps and come forward as the leading rider of the present southern season? The early returns indicate that it is likely to be W. Harvey. In the first eight days of the Jefferson Park meeting this tiny, freckled, red-headed youngster rode thirteen winners, and at the present Writing tops the riders at that track. Harvey is no stranger to New York racegoers. At the fag end of the metropolitan season, when many of the more experienced jockeys had moved on to Kentucky and Maryland, his was a familiar figure and one not uncommonly seen astride the first horse to pass the judges stand. But for the most part his victories were scored after many of the crack riders had deserted the local courses. TLEXTY OrPORTTJTITIES. In that fact lies the explanation of the superiority of the winter tracks in developing young jockeys. The way to learn to ride is to ride, and around the eastern circuit the opportunities of the apprentice boy, unless he has already established a reputation, are few and far between. The result is that new riders rarely come forward during the summer months. To be sure, the racing associations do try to encourage the youngsters by offering events for maiden or near-maiden jockeys at occasional intervals, but their value is open to question. Two bad accidents re-j suited from such races at Empire City alone I last summer, and it is doubtful if the young j riders learn much by competing with each other. Yet the supply of jockeys must be replenished, even though some of the veterans are still in the saddle at what would be a seemly age for retiring. The situation has led to what is, at least, an interesting suggestion. It has been proposed to start a school for jockeys with Earl Sande at its head. It is urged that in such . a capacity Sande could make the greatest ! possible contribution to the sport he loves, ! and that either the various racing bodies or j the owners would be perfectly willing to meet I the expenses of such a school. Nothing may ever come of it, but if it should become an j actuality, the boys in the class of race horse , riding would have a great teacher.

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