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Leaving Leaving Registers Registers in in Rose Rose dOr dOr Purse; Purse; Grooms Grooms Strike Strike Curtails Curtails Jamaica Jamaica Card Card Track Has to Call J ► Off Opening Race Dispute With Horsemen Over Fee for Leading Horses to Paddock Brings Purse Boost JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., April 10.— A strike by the grooms resulted in the first race at Jamaica today being called "no contest" and all wagers on the race, totaling 7,029, and the Daily Double, amounting to 5,-904. were refunded. Only one horse reported to the paddock, trainer Jimmy Ritchie bringing over C. F. Kohlers Star of Padula. The horse walked over, with Jimmy Stout in the saddle, taking 3:45% to cover the six furlongs. Kohler was paid the entire purse of ,800, Francis P. Dunne, racing commission steward, said. Shortly after the walk-over it was announced that horsemen had met with representatives of the grooms and agreed to pay the fee for starters and 5 to winners for the balance of the afternoon. After the final race of the day Herbert Bayard Swope issued the following state- ment on behalf of the New York State Racing Commission: The racing commission is in approval of a system worked out by the tracks under Which the amount of all purses less than ,000 will be lifted 00. This is to take care of certain charges involved in bringing the horses to the paddock before the race. The commission has nothing to do with the amount of wages that are* paid to the Various types of workers, and it is taking no position in such matters. However, charges of this nature should he made against the stables, and the grooms were out of line in putting pressure on the tracks and discommoding the public, without which there would be no racing. The formula adopted will, in the opinion of the commission, solve the problem. The commission has authorized the in- Continued on Page Seven , i j ! I | : Jamaica Program Curtailed Due to Strike of Grooms Continued from Page One crease to become effective tomorrow, April 11." The association announced over the public address system that if less than seven races were held all admission tickets would, j be refunded, as well as the cost of the programs. Only six races were held. The race, which was originally scheduled to open the afternoons sport, will now be run as the last race tomorrow, with the addition of one horse. Family Doctor. Star of Padula is to pick up an additional four I pounds as penalty for the walk-over j victory. Comparatively few in the large Monday ; crowd left before the second race. The trouble between the grooms and owners came into the open Saturday, when, shortly before the first race, the grooms demanded a fee of for each starter led to the paddock and 5 for each winner. The association agreed to pay those fees for that one day, but made it clear that it was a matter to be settled between the stable help and their employers. The entire field of six horses went post-ward for the second race, which was run at the scheduled time.