Holtman At All Kentucky Tracks.: Starter Returns from California and Closes Arrangements--Talks About the Jockeys., Daily Racing Form, 1907-04-25


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HOLTMAN AT ALL KENTUCKY TRACKS. Starter Returns from California and Closes Arrangements — Talks About the Jockeys. Cincinnati. O.. April 24. — Jake Hollinan will do all tbe starting at the Kentucky tracks this spring. lb- will lxgin at Lexington next Saturday: go to Louisville May ti. and come to I.atouia June 10. lbliinan arrived here from San Francisco yestef day and conipleled the arrangi incuts which will require his time until July 13. Holtman explained Why I lie selection of a starter lor l.atonia bad been banging tire up to the present time. He said: "Mr. Uwyer .and myself made no contracts last sin cr excepting the agreement to do the starting tor the northern circuit. We soon learned that an extension of the Oakland meeting was uecior consideration. Mr. Williams wanted either one of us to stick to the finish, and Pick Dwyer will stay there until June 11, when he must come east to till his engagement at Windsor, which will open June 15. Who will do the work at Oakland up to June 22 I dont know. It was understood before we went west that we would lie back on this circuit again, but how it was to he fixed was left to he straightened out later, and now it is." Speaking of the racing in California, Mr. Holt-man said: "It is the greatest season racing has ever had in that section. I left Oakland las,. Friday, and there were thirty six books, not counting the three field books, and it was the one bun-died and thirty -second day of Hie meeting. That answers everything. The racing itself has been excellent, and a lot of horses away above the average have taken part in it. The way W. H. Carey disposed of Gloritier, the winner of the Carter Handicap, gives a good line on the sort of horses that were in the handicaps out there. "There were a lot of good riders out there. Of course. Miller was at the top of the heap. He is a great rider, as far as riders go these days. They are nearly all infants. Miller is a revelation in one respect. He is the most gentlemanly little chap one would want to meet. He has no bad habits, and always knows his place. Why, he has never been fined by a starter. 1 know he Uas got iiito trouble through rough riding tactics, but they were used in the over-anxiety to land a winner. "As it is. I dont think much of the jockey of the present day. He is of mushroom growth. The big majority have no idea of pace. Its just a case of get away mid go as far as you can and as fast as you can. There are no Isaac Murphys riding nowadays. The boys these days are Iin-ky to work a horse within ten seconds of the time they are told to do it. in. while in days goue by if they were a second out of the way they ivir liable to be handled a bit roughly. I think I.. Williams was the beat boy as far as judging pace and nursing a horse along was concerned. Bill Knapp showed be knew a thing or two himself by winning the lour mile slake twice with he same Bene, and by a nose each time. "II is really astonishing what these infant Jockeys CSa do. What they do Willi the starter I well know. What they do with the people*! IWiey sometimes is also bad. Its a funny propasitMM to see a staid business man. one who would not invest a dime in any business enter-pi ise wiihoiit looking into it Mai carefully, put a big bet down, ami the fate of his investment all depends on what a thirteen -year old boy will do. ".lust aboul the time this., mushroom jockeys get seme knowledge of horsemanship they lose their place on account of increasing weight, but they aic not aliased, for there are always a few prodigies ready. "Hew long Miller will last I cant say. but it wont be very long, for he has to battle now to make weight."

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