Protest Responsibility In Saliva Tests Results: Detroit Trainers Committee to Take Up Matter with Dowling, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-20


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Protest Responsibility In Saliva Tests Results Detroit Trainers Committee to Take Up Matter with Dowling DETROIT, Mich., June 19.— Mounting resentment of trainers against the rule concerning saliva tests and their responsibility in various states brought about a meeting of the local branch of the Horse Breeders Protective Association this morning in the clubhouse at the Fair Grounds, at which a committee was appointed to confer with W. J. Dowling, Michigan racing commissioner, looking to changes in the rule. Joseph A. Murphy, steward for the Michigan Racing Commission, addressed the horsemen. He admitted that the rule in the majority of states is weak and illogical. He offered a suggestion that the horsemen appoint custodians from their employers, who would be licensed by Michigan, would sign a card for each horse going to the paddock for a race and the custodian would then be in complete charge of the horse and entirely responsible in the event the saliva test showed positive. "This is strictly your problem.* judge Murphy said to the trainers, "and if you want the rule changed you yourselves must take action." J. L. Chesney, vice president of the Michigan -Ohio division of the HBPA. appointed a committee to confer with commissioner Dowling on changes in the rule. He named Norman "Butsy" Hernandez, chairman, with Harry Trotsek, H. D. Walker. Harold Sherman, J. W. Johnson and Louis DeLatour on the committee. Chesney also will serve on the committee. Discussions with Dowling will begin immediately.

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