For and Against Toe Calks Rule, Daily Racing Form, 1919-08-30


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FOR AND AGAINST TOE CALKS RULE SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August 29. The proposed rule of Mr. Hitchcock to prohibit the use of toe calks has aroused a Hivision of opinion. Many hail the abolishment of the calks as a move 1n the right direction, while others contend that curb rough riding and you have the solution of the danger in tiie toe calk. James Rowe is one of the trainers- that attributes the recent- epidemic of horses being injured and cut down to the rough tactics of the riders. "As for the contention that calks are -not-being: .used in England and France," said Mr. Rowe, "that is all true, but races in England and France are run, over turf courses and not on dirt tracks "as in this country." "However," continued Mr. Rowe, "the rule, if passed, will make it: equal for all. There will, however, in my judgment, be small Holds in action on days when the track-U muddy." Mr. K; R. Bradley, whose Believe Me Girls was onelof the horses almost ruined by being cut down in a race, is; unbeliever that . the abolishing of the toe calks on racing plates will make for improvement in racing and lessening the danger of horses being injured.

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