Origin of A Current Phrase, Daily Racing Form, 1910-07-19


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ORIGIN OF A CURRENT PHRASE. Sitting at a table in a Broadway cafe a well-known turfman a Jew nights ago told how the phrase "got yojir goat" originated. He said it was torrowed from the race track stable. He said that it had been the custom of many trainers to place a goat with a tiioroughhreil in training for a race. The diversion that the goat furnished the horse was supposed to play a great part in balancing the animals tcmneianient. When the time for the race was near at hand gnat care was exercised to prevent the horses friend from being stolen by hangers on who figured thus to unnerve the racer. Th. loss of the goat has i.een known to worry a thoroughbred enough to make him lose a race, and so it came to he said that when a horse failed to perform up to expectations someliody had got his goat.- New York Suu.

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