New England: Danger of Loose Dogs at Track Pricketts Raced at Informal Meets Roger Laurin Saddling Winner, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-15


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New England — By Fred Galiani Danger of Loose Dogs at Track Pricketts Raced at Informal Meets Roger Laurin Saddling Winners NARRAGANSETT PARK, Pawtucket, R. I., June 14. — A long standing rule, not only here but at all tracks, has had to be muugm to tne attention of horsemen again because of repeated violations in the past days. This concerns the practice of not tying up of dogs during racing hours and the overnight entry sheets all carry the warning that any dogs running loose will be captured and im- This is nothing new but it is being emphatically restated because of an incident that occurred during the running of the recent Blackstone Valley Handicap. As the field neared the three and a half furlong pole, a small pooch ran onto the track. He only stayed there a minute as Mintaway, who was fighting for the lead with Soldier Son, ran him down and kicked him into the infied. Soldier Son saw the hound and attempted to leap and broke stride. The latter went on to win the race, though he was cut on the inside of his left hind leg during the running. Madden, who rode him, was under the impression that he might have been injured while trying to hurdle the dog, although the pictures failed to show it. Yet right after this incident, Monday afternoon, another dog was prowling: around the infield before, during: and after the fifth race, until he was finally rounded up. Coming: right after the Blackstone Valley incident, this tended to rile the officials all the more. No census of the canine population at the track has ever been made, but there is hardly a stable on the grounds that doesnt have at least one dog in the menage. The reason for the rule is obvious. If the stray mutt had been in the middle of the strip Saturday rather than close to the rail, he could have caused a serious spill, resulting in grave injury to the riders and horses. There will be no appeal to any violation of the rule from here on in, and horsemen have been amply warned to keep their dogs tied up. Bill Prickett was rumaging in his personal effects and resurrected an old program for a race meet at Palmetto Park, Elloree, S. C, held on January 1, 1945. The entire Prickett family was well represented with horses on the eight-race card and young Bill Prickett was one of the jockeys. It was these informal meetings in the Iodine State that started the Pricketts off to try their hand at the major tracks and since then have had gobs of success in the |Past 10 years. Purses for that meeting totaled 95, paid out in war bonds. Inci-■ dentally, the program for the day cost 25 cents, which was one of the main sources of revenue for the war bonds . . . Charley McLennan notifies horsemen that nominations for the 0,000 Michigan Mile at the MRA course are due on June 15 . . . And any horsemen who want to make application to race at the Atlantic City meeting can get stall blanks from Ty Shea. Irving White has taken over the contract on apprentice Sal Demeo from Sidney Bernstein. White predicts a good future for Demeo and terms him one of the most promising prospects he has seen in a long time. Demeo impressed White with his skill in exercising horses. An announcement of the 0,000 ThistleDown Marathon, to be run July 2 at the Cleveland track at two miles, has been posted in the secretarys office. This is strictly an invitational affair, which will be limited to 14 starters. Owners of two-mile horses can obtain further informa-i * Continued on Page Forty-Seven New England By FRED GALIANI Continued from Page Seven tidn on the race by writing: to the ThistleDown Jockey Club concerning the manner of selecting- the starters. . . . Bill Famia arrived from New York and will make the riding engagements of jockey E. C. Rodriguez. . . . Henry Wajda re-" mained inactive for the~~second day because of a nose injury, but is expected to resume riding Wednesday. Willie Beals made a fast trip from New York to watch his Trillion run Monday and returned immediately-after the race. Beals and Danny Gardner have the Bee-Gee Farms stable in New York. . . . ,000 seems to be the spot for Willie Resseguets Juke. The colt won twice for that tag at Suffolk, but failed when he was raised 50. Dropped back to the minimum, he won again on Monday. Ben Weiner, part owner of the Three W Stable, which is also trained by Resseguet, arrived from his New Orleans home and will spend the week at Gansett. . . . Eddie Anspach will fly to New York and journey to Monmouth Wednesday to saddle Mrs. Irving Gushens Star Rover in the Select Handicap and then return--here.-. . . It was the end of the road for the eight-year-old gelding Dik Dik, a winner not too long ago, when he was destroyed this morning. Bass River Stables Pinetum, who was bought at the Belmont Park sale for 1,500, made his debut on the New England circuit in todays featured seventh race. . . . Mrs. Robert Mozer, of New York, is spending her vacation here with her brother, Bill Hinphy, veteran owner and trainer on this beat. . . . Roger Laurin won his third race of the meeting with Dalliance Monday, in what was his fifth starter. The other two he saddled finished a second, and third, which gives him a high batting average. . . . Ramon Torres, of Puerto Rico, has taken out a trainers license and will handle Dash oLight, Nangaff, Star Comet and Cousin George. . . . O. J. Keough purchased the three-year-old colt, Glimmer Glass, from the Sanford Stud and shipped the horse to trainer H. O. Livingston here. . . . Bungler of the week award goes to patrol judge Jack Dwyer. He left his car in the parking lot here over the week end, while he made a quick trip to his home in Middletown, N. Y., where he promptly left the keys to the vehicle. Since then he has had so many made he could play the part of Raffles, the amateur cracksman, without undue difficulty.

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