Here and There on the Turf: Status of Lachen.; Claiming Race Rule.; Sentiment in Racing.; Ready for the Belmont., Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-11


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Here and There on the Turf Status of Lachen Claiming Race Rule Sentiment in Racing Ready for the Belmont The starting of the colt Lachen at Belmont Park on Thursday in the in ¬ terest of S C Hildreth does not seem to be strictly in accordance with the rules governing claiming races This colt was claimed out of the Newton Claiming Stakes at Jamaica on May 11 from the Rancocas Stable for 6000 by J H McAvoy Hildreth trains the horses for the Rancocas Stable and it would seem that the colt could not start in his interest under the rules for a period of sixty days from the date of the claim The rule reads readsEvery Every claim must be in writing and filed with the secretary or clerk of the course accompanied by the amount of the claim in cash unless guaranteed by the Association at least fifteen minutes before post time and shall be deposited in a locked box provided for that purpose If more than one person should enter a claim for the same horse the dis position of the horse shall be decided by lot in the presence of one of the stewards and the person so deter ¬ mined to have the right of claim shall become the owner of the horse whether dead or alive sound or un sound Any horse so claimed shall not be eligible to start in any race in the name or interest of the former owner for sixty racing days after the date of the claim nor shall it unless repurchased remain under the man ¬ agement of the former owner or trainer for a like period Of course Lachen was claimed from the Rancocas Stable and bought back by Hildreth personally but Hildreth is trainer for the Rancocas Stable and the evident intent of the rule was that the horse could not race from the same stable for a period of sixty days daysThis This is something like the case of Beverly Belle which was claimed from Frederick Johnson and sold by him to Charles Qinn for whom she raced The close association of Frederick Johnson and Charles Quinn resulted in the ruling that the transaction was in violation of the rules and both Johnson and Quinn were punished punishedThere There is a closer relationship between S C Hildreth and the Rancocas Stable than there was between Frederick John ¬ son and Charles Quinn and unless a different construction has been placed on this rule it was violated when Lachen was sent to the post The sixtyday clause was put in the rule to discourage friendly claims and also to make the claiming rule invulner ¬ able to fraud It was a safeguard against the undervaluation of starters Under the antiquated selling race rules it was possible to greatly undervalue a horse without being in any serious danger of losing him out of a race raceIt It was to do away with this abuse that the present claiming rule was enacted and the sixtyday clause is an important part of the rule ruleIf If Hildreth acted within the rules in buying back Lachen and starting him before the lapse of sixty days then the way is open for all sorts of abuse of the rule Any trainer could readily buy back backi i employers horse that had been claimed take him back to his old stall and race him with the only real change a change of racing colors colorsIf If Hildreth acted within the present interpretation of the claiming rule then It is high time that the rule is once more amended to prevent any such like occur ¬ rence again The intent of the rule at least was violated in the starting of Lachen no matter what interpretation is put on the regulation The Fairmount Jockey Club has a unique way of honoring its Derby win ¬ ners This is the building of a mound in the infield with the name of the victor spelled out in foliage plants This was done when Haste won last year and now Bruce Head manager of the beautiful course is having another constructed to bear the name of Edward R Bradleys Buddy Bauer winner of the recent re ¬ newal newalIt It is always to be commended when a bit of sentiment is mixed in with the racing and it is fitting to honor the horse whenever the occasion presents itself Many a turfman prizes more highly a piece of plate that commemor ¬ ates the triumph of one of his horses than the money that went with the victory It is something that can be kept forever and is always a reminder of the horse and the occasion occasionThat That is the reason that William Wood ¬ ward master of the Belair Stud Stable has on two occasions leased eligibles to the American Coaching Club Oaks to his friend P A Clark Mr Clark has two legs on the famous old Singleton Cup which must be won three times before it goes into the possession of any sports ¬ man Mr Woodward had he gone after the race as seriously as he has en ¬ deavored to have Mr Clark take the trophy might possibly have two legs on it himself but it has been a fine bit of sporting generosity in his giving Mr Clark this assistance assistanceThis This year there were high hopes that the prized trophy would go to the Clark Stable with such fillies as Flambino and Bonnie Maginn racing for him but it was not to be and he will have to wait another year for still another try tryIt It would have been doubly pleasing to Mr Clark had Flambino been the win ¬ ner for the same race was won by her mother under Mr Clarks colors in 1921 1921Walter Walter M Jeffords has two legs on the trophy and with sisters when Florence Nightingale won the 1925 race and Edith Cavell took the coveted race last year They are both daughters of Man o War The Nurse NurseBesides 1 Besides Flambette Mr Clarks other winner was Polka Dot which was win ¬ ner of the 1919 race and he and Mr Jeffords are the only turfmen who need only send one more winner to the post to take the Singleton Cup CupThe The others who have one leg on the cup are James Butler who won the first running of the race with Wistful George D Widener whose Rose dOr was the winner in 1918 W R Coe whose Cleopatra the dam of Pompey was the winner in 1920 Harry Payne Whitney with Prudish in 1922 the late August Belmont with How Fair in 1923 and Marshall Field with Nimba the latest of the winners Chance Shot and Bois de Rose have both shown a readiness for the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes to be run today Wednesday morning Pete Coyne permitted Chance Shot to gallop along for a mile and a half in 231 while the same morning W J Speirs sent the William Ziegler Jr hope over the same route in 240 Both colts worked in a thoroughly satisfactory manner and each showed entire readiness for the famous old stake race raceAnd And while these two were sharpening up for the big event Edward R Brad leys Buddy Bauer which jumped into instant fame by winning the Fairmount Derby at Collinsville on Saturday was taking an exercise preparatory to being loaded on the train for Belmoat Park He was worked over the Latonia course and his was only a slow mile and a quarter in 213J What was of especial interest in the move was that he covered the last quarter in 25 25It It is hard to make anyone who saw Chance Shot win the Withers Stakes be ¬ lieve that he has anything to fear from Buddy Bauer but this good son of North Star III is a sturdy sort and it must be remembered that there did not seem to be anyone of the opinion last Saturday that he would beat either Whiskery or Osmand in the running of the Fairmount Derby He is surely a much better colt than when he raced in the Kentucky Derby on May 14 and he shapes up like a rarely good stayer the qualification that counts for so much in the Belmont Stakes HEBE AND THERE ON THE TUEF Continued from second page While the Belmont Stakes is at scale its winning will impose penalties in some of the fixtures that are to follow at Aqueduct One of the most notable of these races for the threeyearolds is the Dwyer Stakes and it has penalties And should Chance Shot be the winner tomorrow he will undoubtedly have an opportunity to meet H P Whitneys Kentucky Derby winner in that stake race of the Queens County Jockey Club It is unfortunate that Whiskery was de ¬ clared from the Belmont Stakes in the light of how he has come back to the races but with the omission of the Bel ¬ mont Stakes there are few colts with better engagements It may be that the various New York engagements will in ¬ duce James Howe to forego shipping the colt to Chicago to race in the American Derby at Washington Park a week from Saturday SaturdayWhiskery Whiskery is engaged in no less than seven of the big races of the Aqueduct meeting Besides the Dwyer Stakes at a mile and a half there are the Queens County Brooklyn Brookdale and Carter Handicaps and the Broadway and Shevlin condition races exclusively for the threeyearolds Thus it will be seen that a trip to Chicago would naturally cut into such a schedule and he will either have to sacrifice some New York engagements or be kept in New York and pass up the American Derby

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