Judges Stand, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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JUDGES STAND *y charles hatton , WASHINGTON PARK, Home-wood, HI., May 19.- We think that most racing men will consider the Illinois Legislature has done a constructive thing in approving a bill which prohibits the Racing Board from sanctioning conflicting thoroughbred meets between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight at tracks in the same 100 miles radius. So far as we know, the one contemporary club that would be effected by this legisla-lation is Aurora, whose application was rejected by the board, heard and again rejected. Meanwhile, there are some bills that are fantastic little dillies pending in Illinois and other racing states, not to mention the tax suggestion in Washington. Probably you know that here in the Prairie State there is a bill enabling state residents to evict non-residents from stalls on five days notice. More recently a bill has been prepared which would require tracks to close the "tote" at post time, rather than at the start. This is a beautiful thought and of course the tracks are enchanted with the idea. So too should the taxpayers be, since it is ideal for reducing state revenue. Much of the action on any race occurs during the final few minutes before the start is effected. Under the present regulation, the play may continue when there is a runaway, some tack broken or the start otherwise delayed beyond the official post time. The player should have the privilege of betting or hedging up to starting time. Easily the most serious piece of legislation that has been proposed in years is the new tax method on stables and studs in Washington. The writer called attention to the dangers of this proposition several weeks ago. The National Association of State Racing Commissioners has opposed it, and the Illinois Breeders Association has wired state members of the House Ways and Means Committee alerting them to the harmful aspects of the suggestion. A AA The Joliet Stakes on Saturday is the "Race Of The Rule Against Conflict in Illinois Meetings Cough Hits Midwest Two-Year-Old Races Lincoln Stewards Make Popular Ruling Crownlet Prospect for Miss America Week" here at Homewood, and this 0,000 added test of five furlongs will attract the best colts and geldings who arent coughing. Possibilities include Red Curtice, Errards Guide, Oh Leo, Happy Go Lucky, Tiger Sir, Fancy Dandy, Bombuster and Mr. Wiggins. Lincoln-at-Washington proposes at least one two-year-old race daily, but the cough has been prevalent in the Midwest and racing secretary Bogenschutz has had to cancel several of these events. The mysterious virus was less active at Keeneland, which had four two-year-old races on one card. And the races may fill more satisfactorily with the arrival of Downs strings this week-end, for they will hardly all have the ailment at the same time. The epidemic annually costs turfmen many thousands of dollars. Any scientist who can isolate and defeat the virus can move into the most exclusive income tax set overnight. AAA Lincoln stewards James, Reagan, Cox, McAuliffe and Dahlstrom made a ruling here last week which should be appreciated by the players. They require that all the starters in a race return to a point before the public in the stands to be unsaddled. Heretofore only the first four have unsaddled in or near the winners enclosure, the others pulling up at the paddock entrance, more than a sixteenth of a mile from the grandstand. We think the stewards are to be commended for making this ruling, and that if the horses pull up bleeding, cut down, corded up or sore, it should be where the public have an opportunity of noting these vicissitudes. It sometimes explains why one performs less well than they have a right to expect from a .study ofhis form, and affords some incidental intelligence for their future reference. There is a scale at the winners enclosure, so that the riders weights may be checked there, with a possibility of flashing the "Official" and commencing play on the succeeding race sooner. Most players attention is on the board until the "Official" is displayed. AAA The Fashion winner, Cigar Maid, doesnt seem to have any engagements here in the Midwest, but D. A. Headleys Crownlet, who won the Lafayette and Debutante is a prospect for the 0,000 Miss America on June 9. Robert Lee "Bobby". Baird, who rode Crownlet in the Belmont Park stake, has returned here and tells us, "She didnt go as if she liked that sandy track. We broke with the winner and ran head and head with her about a sixteenth, then my filly didnt seem to get hold of the going. I am excusing her that one." Horses need more toe on their hoves running in sand than on clay surfaces, and theres a theory this sometimes makes a difference in the form of commuters between Long Island and the Midwest. The Widener chute is said to be firmest on the inner rail, where the patrol judges car is steered. AAA Turf ana: In case youve wondered about it, Sabaean is named for the people of the ancient kingdom of Sheba . . .Mutation went lame while on the lead in a race in which she engaged colts recently at the Downs . .Whatever became of the ducks Washington had in the inner-field lake last season? Visitors fear the worst. . .Tiger Harris was shipped to the Downs several weeks ago, with some indication he might run in the Derby. He won a maiden race by 10 here the other day, and owner Herman Bryant, Jr., may now wonder if he shouldnt have started after all . .Lincoln hopes to resume "at home" in 1952. It now has one of the finest U. S. press boxes. . .Horse spies tell us Risque Ma makes like a runner in her- trials . . . A change of scenery, such as Bert Mulholland afforded Battlefield, sometimes improves sulkers psychologically . . .The Illinois Board has a secretary who works *at it in Joseph P. Broderick.

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