Inferior Horses And Inferior Trainers., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-04


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INFERIOR HORSES AND INFERIOR TRAINERS. We have today, no doubt, a greater number of inferior horses, but that is because the total is greater, and 1 imagine the percentage is decidedly in favor of the more recent times. We certainly have more inferior trainers, and herein lies the ground for mucli ill-considered judgment on the comparative merits of various horses. Many a good horse has not been able to show its best because it was in the hands of a man who was not master of his business. The great increase in racing in the last generation has brought into the field a considerable proportion of incompetent trainers. They are vastly* more numerous than incompetent riders, and their ignorance is the element most largely responsible for the inconsistency of their horses. They escape the criticism that is hurled at the riders, for the reason that the critics are equally incompetent and lacking in knowledge of the business concerning which they offer their superficial observation as actual fact. Much was compressed in the comment of a well-known jockey on the Canadian circuit a few seasons ago, when he read a bitter and utterly flimsy condem nation of his riding in a certain race. "Maybe I am a poor rider," he said. "But if I made as many blunders and breaks In my business in a week as ttie fellow who wrote this makes in his business in on* days issue of his paper. I would be on the ground for incompetency, and Id belong there." — Toronto Globe.

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