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Detroit Horsemen Pledge Cooperation; Large Fields Named for Todays Races Exclude Twenty-Two From Program; Twelve to Seek ,000 Massas Handicap DETROIT, Mich., June 26.— As evidence of their desire to cooperate, the management of the Detroit Racing Association yesterday having questioned the attitude of horsemen toward the meeting and leaving its continuation up to them, trainers were at the entry booths early this morning at the Fair Grounds and assured an excellent program for tomorrows sport. So many horses were entered it was necessary to exclude a total of 22 and split one event. This race will be offered as the fifth and sixth, with a prize of ,000 in each case, for three-year-olds and older. The distance in both instances is six furlongs. The feature is the mile and one-sixteenth Massas Handicap, an affair for three-year-olds and older and carrying a purse of ,000. Six were excluded so that the field now boasts 12 representatives of nine different interests. Highweighted is A. F. Walls By Conscript, in with 114 pounds and coupled with Bonnie Andrew, imposted with 109 pounds. Among others named are Lt. Comdr. Theodore D. Buhls Sweep Swinger, who might very well be the winner, and C. F. Martins Bring Me Home, who will have Gallahue as a running mate. — — — — ► A meeting of horsemen was held in the secretarys office yesterday after the eighth race, at which it was unanimously agreed to cooperate fully with the racing secretary in filling races and closing entries at the appointed 10:30 a. m. "deadline." The assemblage resulted from an announcement by the management earlier in the day stipulating that, unless a satisfactory response was forthcoming from horsemen, no further attempt would be made to continue the race session now in progress. James L. Chesney, regional vice-president of the HBPA spoke before the gathering and assured everyone present that the management "meant business" when it revealed its policy. He further stated that every effort should be made to "race to the book" in its present form, and that no doubt the next issue of the conditions will be more suitable. He explained that, "if, as it is claimed by some, the conditions do not fit some it must be remembered that the book was written on short notice and without knowledge of the type of horses expected." The "situation" responsible for the declaration of policy • by the management evolved from late closing of entries and small fields. With but one or two exceptions entries have closed anywhere from 4 to 5:30 p. m. and only after attaches of the secretarys office solicited entrants by a barn-to-barn campaign.