Linden Tree Race at Agua Caliente, Daily Racing Form, 1932-01-09


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t----- - "" " ? Linden Tree Race at Agua Caliente t,-.. . The mutuel payoff prices on Linden Tree, winner of the first race at Agua Caliente Thursday, January 7, were 1.40 straight, .60 place and .20 show, as announced by the mutuel department of the Agua Caliente Jockey Club. Because of the unusual fluctuation of the straight price on Linden Tree, which at the board reading showed the horse an odds-on favorite, Daily Racing Form refrained from printing the above mentioned payoff prices until a thorough investigation was made. The Agua Caliente Jockey Club officials have made the following statement: "The mutuel price of 1.40 was posted on the official board on Linden Tree, winner j of the first race on Thursday; and holders of tickets on the animal were paid off at that price." FRANCIS NELSON, Senior Steward. GEO. W. SCHILLING, Associate Steward. DAVID HEADINGTON, Manager Mutuel Department. A further statement from the track follows: AGUA CALIENTE, Mexico, Jan. 8 The price on Linden Tree was very short until the last minute of the betting when Baron Long, vice-president of the Agua Caliente Jockey Club, wagered a large sum on his entry, Sir Val and Don Alorizo, and money was bet on other horses. With the heavy last-minute play on horses aside from Linden Tree naturally the odds on that animal soared and great was the surprise when the youngster paid 1.40. Baron Long when interviewed last night regarding the situation stated: "I chose to wait until almost the close before betting on my horses and then wagered a large sum. The machines are open until a certain time, and I felt that it was my privilege to wager at any time, as long as they were open. Any one was welcome to do likewise and any one is privileged to bet on any or all horses in the race should he care to do so." Stewards Francis Nelson and George W. Schilling were interviewed concerning the race and asked for a verification of the payoff price. They stated that the price of 1.40 on Linden Tree was posted on the official board and also that all holders of mutuel tickets on the animal were paid off at that price. Although the race was cleanly contested for a green two-year-old affair and undoubtedly the best horse won, an investigation and questioning of the riders will take place this afternoon, said the stewards. David Headington, manager of the Agua Caliente mutuel plant, said that Linden Tree was an odds-on choice until the final influx of money on other horses and stated that his department flashed 6 to 1 and later 8 to 1 against Linden Tree when the final reading had been taken and the horses were still at the barrier. Officials of the General News Bureau informed this office that the last price flashed to them from the track was 1-3; that there were no changes n the prices until the winner was announced.

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