Effect of Apprentice Allowances: W. S. Vosburgh Says it Disarranges and Upsets All Calculations in Handicap Races., Daily Racing Form, 1918-06-16


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■ w * EFFECT OF APPRENTICE ALLOWANCES W. S. Voshurgh Says It Disarranges and Upsets All Calculations in Handicap Eaces. New York. June U, — Ilandicapper W. S. Yos-burgh. after witnessing the first race at Belmont Bark Thursday, a six and a half furlongs handicap, for three-year-olds and over, called attention to the fad that "Tom McTaggart. the winner, and Iullux. which ran second, were in receipt of the apprentice aliow.uice of five pounds, while all the other starter* eaiii.-d the weights which he had assigned them in making the handicap. "This ra i-." he said, "aptly illustrates tiie workii.g of what I always have considered a faultv •~ule wiiioh was enacted during the past winter. The rule provides that the custoiniry allowance for apprentice jockeys shall apply in handicaps as in other races. The practical effect of this rule is completely to upset the handicap. The running of Hie race showed that the first and second horses, the only ones Which had the allowance of fjV. pounds had things all their own way. whereas if five pounds more had been carried by each of them. Hie result would hav been more in doubt from start to finish and an interesting contest in all probability might have resulted. It is impossible for a handicapix-r to take an apprentice allowance into consideration when he is assigning the weights ami its introduction, after the allotment of weights has Ix-en made, is sure to disarrange and upset all his calculations." A

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