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7 7 8 8 - 6 7 2 2 2 2 8 8 g j I J 7 7 7 J 8 8 1 2 ? 5 2 9 12 p 9 g 1 12 2 9 9 5 I 8 10 0 8 8 j 7 7 8 8 j 7 7 I 5 7 S 8 g 1 8 8 9 Michigan Commissioner Approves Custodian Plan Offers Protection for Turfmen Against Stimulation of Horses DETROIT, Mich., June 27.— Approved by Michigan Racing Commissioner William J. Dowling. a plan to afford better protection to owners and trainers against stimulation of horses has been devised and awaits ratification or rejection according to vote of trainers at the Fair Grounds. The measure provides for appointment by trainers of a custodian to take personal charge of any horse or horses entered in races at least three hours prior to post time and remain responsible until the animal leaves the stable barn for the paddock. It was worked out at a meeting, between the commissioner, commission steward Joseph A. Murphy and a committee of horsemen. appointed by James L. Chesney. regional vice-president of the HPBA. Custodian names will be placed before the stewards and upon approval will be licensed at the rate of one dollar by the commission. However, in the event any custodian already has a license of some sort no extra fee will be charged. While the custodian will be held ac- countable for the condition of the horse in his care trainers will not be relieved en- tirely for the responsibility of the animal. The measure will however protect them to greater degree since the custodian will be initially responsible and this might lessen the probability of some miscreant stimulat- ing a horse. The custodian will sign a card furnished by the commission stating that he has had the horse under his personal supervision and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the horse is normal. The card will be delivered to the paddock judge on ar-0 rival of the horse at the paddock.