Change in Illinois Claiming Rule; Arlington Officials Are Approved: Only Claimed Winners Must Be Entered for 25 Per Cent More in Their Next Starts, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-20


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► Change in Illinois Claiming Rule; Arlington Officials Are Approved Only Claimed Winners Must Be Entered for 25 Per Cent More in Their Next Starts A change in the present claiming rule and the approval of officials for the forthcoming meeting of the Arlington Park Jockey Club, whose season begins on Monday at Washington Park, were the most important actions taken by the Illinois Racing Board at its meeting here yesterday. Under the new claiming rule passed unanimously by the board, only horses who win races out of which they are claimed must be entered during the following 30 days for at least 25 per cent more than their purchase price. The official wording of the rule follows: "If a winning horse is claimed it shall not start in a selling or claiming race for a period of 30 days from date of claim for less than 25 per cent more than the amount for which it was claimed. All other horses claimed shall not be penalized." The change was recommended by horsemen whose spokesmen were M. Q. Farns-worth and Al Gaal of the Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association. They also pointed out that a majority of horsemen would prefer more claiming races and less graded races. Their complaint of the graded races was that they frequently contain "trick" conditions under which inferior horses are overmatched. Stewards at Meeting Stewards of the Arlington meeting, as approved by the board, will be L. C. Bogen-schutz, George Foster, S. L. James and W. R. Dahlstrom, while William Hamilton again will represent the board. Other officials approved were Fred Burton, racing secretary and handicapper: W. A. Reagan, Charles Gormley, Jr., R. P. McAuliffe and Clifford Hufnagel, placing judges: Roy Dickerson, starter: W. J. Shelley, clerk of scales; Thomas Steele, paddock Judge; William Cunningham, timer, and D. P. Stevens, director of mutuels. The racing board considered the case of Milton Terry, former jockey and outrider, and under a ruling issued today he is indefinitely suspended and denied privileges of all tracks in this state for "conduct detrimental to the best interests of racing." The commissioners also authorized W. W. Bloom, who got into difficulties at Fair-mount Park in 1943, the board said, to sell the horses Courtaway and Zangerman to Jack Carrell. At the same time the horses were restored to good standing. The board also discussed other routine matters and announced that beginning with the opening of the Arlington season will employ a new method of licensing jockeys agents. All three members of the board. Ednyfed H. Williams, chairman: William E. Fay and Frank E. Mandel, attended the meeting.

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