Apprentice P. Moore Gets Probationary License: Board Acts When Jockeys Request Boy Be Permitted to Ride Again, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-20

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Apprentice P. Moore Gets Probationary License Board Acts hen Jockeys Request Boy Be Permitted to Ride Again The Illinois Racing Board held its regular bi-monthly meeting yesterday and the session lasted several hours. Apprentice Pat Moore, who was grounded . by the stewards during the Lincoln Fields meeting when an examination disclosed him essentially blind in the left eye, was granted a probationaryriders license. Moore was represented by Ike Bassett, manager of the Midwest division of the Jockeys Guild. In its ruling the stewards suspended Moore and referred the case to the Board, stating that his -riding under such a physical handicap was a "menace to man and beast." Bassett took exception to that statement and named several riders who had sight in but one eye and yet were a credit to their profession. He also pointed out that Moore had accepted 487 mounts duringthe time since he first started to ride last year and had ridden better than 60 winners. In several of the suspensions listed against Moore, Bassett pointed out that his-mounts were erratic performers and quoted the footnotes on the races to substantiate his claim. Bassett also presented a signed petition of the riders at Lincoln Fields who asked thatMqore be reinstated. Likewise, a petition from several New England riders was offered as evidence as Moore had ridden there last season. As a result of his good record and the desire of the riders to give Moore a chance, the Board granted the request for reinstatement. Chairman Stuyvesant Peabody, Jr., complimented Bassett for his able presentation of the case. The Board upheld the rulings of the Lincoln stewards in the cases of jockeys Gerald Porch and John Bev, extending their suspensions until a total of 15 days is served by each. The Board also heard a plea for reinstatement on behalf of Leonard L. Lieber, a groom who has been under suspension since August of 1950. Lieber was represented by attorney John-Phililps. The board took Liebers case under advisement.

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