Protest Against Two-Year-Old Rule, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-08


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PROTEST AGAINST TWO-YEAR-OLD RULE. New York, December 7. The Thoroughbred LTorse Association has joined witli Joseph A. Murphy, racing manager of the Business Mens Racing Association of New Orleans, La., in a protest against the Jockey Club rule prohibiting the racing of two-year-olds before April 1. The penalty for such racing is that the youngsters are barred from racing for the rest of the year. In other words, the rule prohibits at race courses over which the Jockey Club really has no jurisdiction. No race course in the jurisdiction of the Jockey Club conducts a meeting before April 1, yet under this rule the two-year-olds that were started at Havana, Tijuana, Juarez and New Orleans would all be barred from competing over the Maryland or Now York tracks. At a meeting of the Thoroughbred Horse Association hold at Lexington, Tuesday President Hal Price Headley addressed a letter to the governing turf bodies of the United States and Canada protesting against the rule and asking for its amendment. Many horsemen agree with Captain Cassatt, who framed the rule, that two-year-olds are raced altogether to early in the year, but they would move the dates back to May 15, while others would favor a prohibition until August 1. There is scant chance for any such radical rules, and the general clamor at this time from the southern tracks is natural, for every one of them has provided for two-year-old racing in January. During the season that just closed, for instance, such two-year-olds as Westy Ilogan, Dental, Mnno-kin and Wistful would have been barred from racing after April 1, to say nothing of several other good ones.

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