John Reiff Departs For France, Daily Racing Form, 1921-04-20


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JOHN REIFF DEPARTS FOR FRANCE SAN FRANCISCO Cal April ID John Reiff the formerly noted rider has left for Franee HP He left Europe at the outbreak of the war and has been living in Oakland He rode with success in England and on the continent from the late nineties until 1914 Reiff plans to ride as a free lance at first but may sign with one of the large racing establishments later He can do 118 pounds As the scale of weight is higher abroad than in this country there will be plenty of opportunities for the California to show whether he lias retained his skill or not notThe The American jockey invasion of England began in 1897 when Tod Sloan went over Lester Reiff nnrt John Reiff went over in 1899 and Danny Maher a year later It is a matter of turf his ¬ tory how the Americans revolutionized the style of seat The English riders in three or four years became about as adept with the short stirrup leathers and leaning over the horses withers as the American boys John Reiff was only fourteen years old when lie went abroad The success of the Reiff boys was marked right from the beginning Lester Reiff led the riders in England in 1900 Loates was second and John Reiff third thirdJohn John Reiff has prospered and has a fine house in France which has been kept up all the years lie lias been living in Oakland OaklandOldtimers Oldtimers were grieved to hear of the death of Eddie Ames in Spain Ames was a San Francisco boy and lias relatives here In the days of racing at Bay District he rode quite a number of winners for the late By Holly In the last twenty years he achieved success in Australia New Zealand In ¬ dia and Spain Ames was of sturdy build hut by dint of liartl training kept down to riding weight

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