Here and There on the Turf: Rules Are Rules in Maryland; So Meade Wont Ride Today; King Saxon, Discovery Equals; Suffolk Downs Gets Bryan, Daily Racing Form, 1935-05-11


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Here and There on the Turf Rules Are Rules in Maryland So Meade Wont Ride Today King Saxon Discovery Equals Suffolk Downs Gets Bryan There are racing rules and there are rac ¬ ing rules as Donald Meade jockey for Ed ¬ ward Riley Bradley well realizes today as he watches Raymond Workman ride Box thorn in the Preakness Stakes The husky little lad from Thousand Oaks Calif was a bit rough at Churchill Downs earlier in the week and the stewards suspended him for five days which deprives him of the opportunity to have a mount in the Preak ¬ ness If the latter event was to be run in Kentucky Meade would be permitted to ride but the race happens to be programmed at a Maryland track In the Blue Grass state the racing commission permits a jockey to fulfill a stakes engagement even though he is under suspension for anything but a major offense providing he is to ride for his contract employer or an owner previously has arranged for his services and filed a copy of the agreement with the stewards In Maryland a suspension covers all riding until it expires expiresHowever However the Maryland and Kentucky State Racing Commissions among others have abided by each others rulings for many years so Jervis Spencer and his as ¬ sociates were on something of a spot when called upon to determine whether Meade would be permitted to guide Boxthorn in the Preakness Churchill Downs stewards in ¬ formed the Maryland officials that Meade could ride in the Preakness as far as they were concerned but in the Old Line State a suspension is a suspension in the true sense of the word and for that reason Meade will rest until his term on the ground is ended Charles Kurtsinger was unable to ride Head Play in the Dixie Handicap not that it made any difference because he was sus ¬ pended at Pimlico for rough riding all of which goes to show that the Maryland offi ¬ cials are very serious when they go so far as to punish anyone for violation of their rules John B Campbell handicapper for The Jockey Club entertains no doubts whatso ¬ ever of King Saxons prowess as indicated by his weights for the Toboggan Handicap which features the opening days program at Belmont Park Wednesday C H Knebel kamps fouryearold son of Saxon and Poltova by George Smith winner of all his four starts this season including the Pau monok and Excelsior Handicaps at Jamaica has been assigned 130 pounds equal to the imposts given Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilts Discovery and George D Wideners Sation Discovery and King Saxon are rated the best of the Toboggan candidates by Camp ¬ bell at scale weights which at 130 pounds are two more than Sations assignment and four more than that of Today regarded as the leading threeyearolds among the eligi bles In the Metropolitan Handicap Bel ¬ monts mile dash whose weights were an ¬ nounced February 1 Discovery was at the top with 127 pounds while King Saxon was assigned 110 pounds but he must take up a poundsAn penalty of eight pounds An excellent field may be forthcoming in the Toboggan to which the Westchester Racing Association is adding 3000 Discov ¬ ery is reported to have trained well at Sag ¬ amore Farm in Maryland and is expected to start even if King Saxon may forego the event to await the Metropolitan William R Coes crack Ladysman is a possibility at 126 pounds but probabilities among the other prominent Toboggan eligibles are Mrs John Hay Whitneys Singing Wood at 123 pounds Sanford Stud Farms Ajaccio 116 John Simonettis Sgt Byrne 114 Greentree Stables Black Buddy 112 and Elmer Dale Shaffers St Bernard 108 Greentree Stables Plat Eye under 113 pounds may be one of the few threeyear olds to make a bid for the straight dash of six furlongs furlongsWith With the appointment of Frank J Bryan as steward and director of racing for the Eastern Horse Racing Association the new Suffolk Downs course will have a Pimlico flavor when it stages its inaugural meet ¬ ing in July Bryan will take with him to Boston many of his assistants at the Mary ¬ land Jockey Club track including Edward J Brennan John Turner Jr and Matthias C Shea Brennan has been judge Bryans principal aide for many years not only at Pimlico but at many of the hunts meetings where the veteran official has served for years The appointment of Bryan insures Suffolk Downs of good service in its rac ¬ ing department and with steeplechasing to be added to its program in 1936 the Boston course will have the bestqualified person in the country in this respect to look after the crosscountry sport sportConstruction Construction of Suffolk Downs is moving along at a brisk pace but whether the track will be completed for an opening by July 4 is a matter of conjecture No announce ¬ ment has been made about dates for the new East Boston track but it has been learned that a meeting of about thirty days is planned with the opening to be staged by Independence Day or as soon after as is possible Narragansett Park at Provi ¬ dence ends its early summer session on July 6 so a short conflict may be forthcoming if Suffolk Downs is completed before that time timeChurchill Churchill Downs reached the peak of its nineteenday spring meeting on the seventh day when the Kentucky Derby attracted an enormous crowd and more than a million dollars through the parimutuel machines but even with the classic out of the way the session at the Louisville coursecontinues to be successful Daily attendance and wagering totals have maintained a marked increase over what they were in 1934 even though the weather has not been as good as it might have been Churchill Downs has had plenty of horses from which to make up its fields and the sport as a con ¬ sequence has been in keeping with the in ¬ creased enthusiasm of the patrons The improvement at the Louisville track augurs well for racing at other midwestern courses this seaion

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