Graded Events Endorsed by Trainers Association: Group Seeks Improvement of Race Strip, Living Quarters, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-27


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Graded Events Endorsed By Trainers Association Group Seeks Improvement of Race Strip, Living Quarters ELMONT. L. I.. N. Y.. June 26— At ft meeting of the directors of the American Trainers Association, and members of the advisory committee of owners, held at Belmont Park last week, the organization wen on record as endorsing the program of graded allowances and handicap events ; which has in recent years replaced a considerable number of claiming races, and resolved to encourage the continuation of this program. The meeting was called by president John M. Gaver. A primary objective of the association has been the improvement of conditions at the tracks both as regards the actual racing strips and conditions under which horsemen are forced to live. It was decided that Gaver would appoint two trainers to make first hand investigation of the condition of each track, and turn their findings over to the executive secretary. Joe H. Palmer, for reference to the track superintendent. A study of the sanitary and kitchen facilities of the tracks also will be made, for submission to track managements when construction is again possible. Steeplechasing members of the association will ask the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association to take appropriate steps i to obtain a general uniformity in steeplechase courses, particularly with respect to the height and thickness of the fences. It will also be suggested that a competent , official be appointed to pass on first starters in jumping events. At present flat race horses must be approved before they can start but there Is no restrictions on start- : ers in steeplechase events. The steeple-chasing interest will be asked that a horse be schooled satisfactorily over several jumps before he is allowed to carry silks.

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