Harrying Patrons Again: Westchester Officials Return to Summer System of Persecution, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-22


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HARRYING PATRONS AGAIN. WESTCHESTER OFFICIALS RETURN TO SUMMER SYSTEM OF PERSECUTION. Besom Runs a Fast Three-Quarters, hut Only Wins Through Notters Vigorous Riding Dixie j Himmel Takes a Race, New York, October "1. Messrs. Winslow and Wyekes, respectively district attorney and assistant district attorney of Westchester County, inaugurated a campaign of terrorism at the Yonkers race track today. Race-goers were inexcusably harrassed nil afternoon by sleuths under their direction. Arrests were made ou the slightest provocation and men lie 111 up. questioned and searched by the wholesale. A majority of the persons subjected to this humiliating experience were subsequently released for lack of evidence, hut it had the effect of almost com-lilctoly suppressing spcculation-ou the different races. "Chicago" OBrien and Harry .Shannon were among he men arrested. Tin y were taken to the Yonkers liolice station where they gave bail in the sum of 00 each for their appearance before the magistrate tomorrow. The race-going public has realized finally ihat the protestation of friendship for the sport and a desire to l2 as considerate as possilde under Hie dillieult conditions which they claimed confronting them were altogether insincere anil made by A inslow and Wyckcs in order to escape press criticism while making a lot of political capital out of the anti-racing crusade. Nowhere else, not even under the Elder regime, have race-goers been subjected to such outrageous treatment as at Yonkers Miring the last week of its August meeting and Unjust two days. It has developed that the associated press dispatch sent out yesterday that twenty-six defendants licid over from the August meeting had been tried and discharged was erroneous. The cases will not go before the grand jury until next. week. decidedly cold and chilly atmosphere pervaded the Westchester hills today and the Empire City rat ing card was run off before a meager and shivering crowd of spectators. Good sixirt developed from the genuinely attractive card, even though it dnl not contain a single stake feature. .fcanette M. opened proceedings with a convincing win for W. K. Griilin. The Woolsthorpe filly started favorite and ran wholly for the big credit bettors. The occasional race-goer, while he might have thought .Teanette M.s chances rosy in the extreme, might as well have remained away from the track tO t.ir as any chance he had of speculation on her with profit was concerned. Dixie Ilimiuil. another well-hacked horse, finished iu front with the crack jockey, Notter, up in the race, following. Six horses faced the starter in this suid an interesting race resulted, the result being in doubt until in lUe last couple of strides, when superior jockeyship proved effective in Dixie Himniels case. Wise Masons opposition was so inconsequential that the layers held him at 1 to G. and the half-brother to McOhesney made good in accordance with market quotations. The handicap and principal race on the program from a money standpoint engaged sis sprinters of all ages. ISesom won all the way. and Notters vigorous horsemanship was again conspicuously in evidence iu averting defeat by the lifmrst little two-year-old. Arondack. which just failed to get up in a whirlwind stretch sprint. I.esom was the fourth successful money carrier for the ldunging contingent. In the next race and also in the last two prohibitive odds-on favorites. Whip Top and 15eauclere. romped away from their respective opposition. Besom ran in the colors of J. limes, which were torrowed for the occasion. J. L. McGInnis promising apprentice jockey. A. Lang, will ride at Baltimore for the Chelsea Stable. The starting of the first race today was announced for 2: IS p. m. This will be the starting time iu future. It is said that not more than 130 horses all told are now stabled at the Empire City track. There are vcral owners who plan to race some of their iharges every day in the week. Louis Colin, one of the men searched iu the clubhouse this afternoon by Winslow and Wyokes. had nothing in his possession but a trousers button. He was quickly released. A number of .lohn Doe warrants and subpoenas have been issued and are ready to be served at Y outers. Mr. Belmont caused it to be announced that Fair Play will be shipped to England next Saturday on the Atlantic Transport Line steamship Minneapolis, also that the stallion. Ethelbert. and about fifteen broodmares, the property of his brother Perry, would be yent over on the same vessel.

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