Pays Tribute to Tracery, Daily Racing Form, 1913-12-16


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PAYS TRIBUTE TO TRACERY. Tin- IiOiidon Field, in its review of the recently closed England racing season, pays a great tribute to August Belmonts Tracery, coupled with Prince Palatine, which sold for 00,000. Both had one setback: Prince Palatine when he was beaten for the Goodwood Cup, when he failed to run within twenty-five pounds of his form, and Tracerv when he failed to give the three-year-old Cantilever about twenty pounds more than weight for age. As the three-year-old in question afterward won the Cambridgeshire it is conceded that Tracerv lost little prestige by that defeat. It is unquestlonld that Mr. Belmont could have got as much monev for Tracery as was paid for Prince Palatine if lie cared to nart with him. With racing struggling for existence here it must make racing men envious to note that more money changed hands on the English turf than ever before. This does not refer to the money that changed hands in the betting ring, but iu the legitimate pracnee of tile sport. The highest price of all time was paid for a single horse and the yearling sales at Doncaster exceede anything that lias taken plan-In previous years. The total sum of money paid was double that of eight or ten years ngo. High class horses in training brought higher prices than ever and the attendances at the races were larger, so that more money was spent by the racins public Poor starting and bad riding are the only faults found with the seasons sport. To remedy the former a steward at the starting post is recommended and a sterner policy for the starter when the jockeys are under his control. The trouble over the jockeyship is much the same as in this country, and the recommendations made in England may prove equally effective here. Attentlou is called to the fact that scores df races are lost at the start, owing to collisions which follow the rising of the barrier. It is held that the authorities are not severe enough with the riders who do not keep their places and who try to go where they have no room or have no right to be. The suggestion made is a good one. that a crows nest stewards stand should be placed on every course and rather further below the winning post than are the few now in use. Before the davs racing all the stewards of the meeting should confer, dividing out the duties, with one- man at starting post of every race, and one or more in the crows nest, placed in such a position that he could ahsolutelv command the last two furlongs of everv race. -New York gun.

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