Between Races: An Injustice to Arcaro Is Cleared Up; Famed Rider Far From Disorderly at Downs; Escadrus Derby Race Too Poor to Be True; Kirklands Boot Cut in Two During Melee, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-05


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BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS NEW YORK N Y May 4 So much information was disseminated around the country in relation to the socalled Arcaro incident in Louis ¬ ville near Derby time that we think in fairness to Arcaro and to the rac ¬ ing public a more complete explana ¬ tion is due The report was sent nationwide that Arcaro had been arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct which could mean anything Arcaro was far from disorderly as it turns out He was riding into downtown Louisville from the Downs with Whitey Price an agent driving and sitting in the back seat of the auto with his agent Bones Leboyne and Arnold Kirkland Price was caught in a traffic jam and tooted his horn The car in front happened to be a squad car The officers got out and berated Price for tooting his horn He ordered the race track car over to the side of the road where he let it remain for about 20 minutes Then he came over and asked Price if he was ready to toot his horn again Price trieci to explain he meant no harm was merely abif keyed up because of the Derby The officer then looked into the back seat spotted Arcaro and made the snide remark that if it werent for Louis ¬ ville Arcaro wouldnt have a job Arcaro a bit on edge prior tothe Derby notwithstanding how easy the race looked for Citation on paper finally answered to the effect that if it werent for the Derby a lot of extra officers would not have jobs either This was enough for the officer who seemingly wanted to convince all hands that nobody was immune dh Derby Day He hauled Arcaro into the city bastile iyhere he was booked on the disorderly conduct charge preferredby the officer Arcaro quickly made bail Whenlhe incident reached the higher An Injustice to Arcaro Is Cleared Up Famed Rider Far From Disorderly at Downs Escgdrus Derby Race Too Poor to Be True Kirkland s Boot Cut in Two During Melee ups in the Louisville police department and an investiga ¬ tion made Arcaros bail was promptly refunded and the case was dropped with apologies apologiesA A A A Frankly this writer for one thinks the Louisville police do a fine job of Derby Week and we believe this particular officer was at fault in violating the first rule of instructions issued by the chief of police for handling Derby Day crowds That rule is be courteous butjfirm The officer in this case was far from courteous Arcaro certainly was far from disorderly However riuman f nature being what it is people on or just before Derby Day are keyed up with the general excitement of the whole thing even if they do not have a direct stake in the outcome jot the race And speaking of trouble with the authorities on Derby Day the fine work of the TRPB operatives brought to bay a handful of ushers and gatemeri who were tabbed taking tips to pass customers into reserved areas where they did not belong belongA A A A AMaybe Maybe Citation looks like the standout threeyearold threeyearoldof of the year and almost everyone seems to agree upon this thispoint point However some of the owners and trainers of ofalso also rans arent as disheartened as you might think thinkTake Take Ed Christmas f or instance the scholarly and clear thinking trainer of William L Branns EscadnC Our horse didnt run at all says Christmas If he had run a bad race I wouldnt have been so disappointed But Eseadru finished so poorly as to make it necessary just to throw the race completely out Whether he didnt like the track or what I dont know I dont think he is as good as Citation but I know he can run a lot better than he did Christmas attributed the poor showing in part to the trouble Eseadru encountered going into the first turn Eseadru was on the inside of a threehorse jam He skimmed the rail and came back to the barn with a minor burn where he had brushed the inner fence and jammed KirKIands foot Kirkland was lucky at that His boot was cut completely through but his foot was merely bruised bruisedA A A A Mrs John Payson Adams owner of Grandpere who came on to New York for a short stay following the Derby running told the writer that she was far from disappointed with the showing of her Californiabred We found out something about the colt ve didnt know before she explained and that is that he needs to run with a tongue strap Gilbert told us that he seemed to spit out the bit near the halfmile pole which accounted for his giving away so suddenly Then too he was a bit short But we are happy that he came oui of the race in splendid fashion and youll be hearing from him in the nottoodistant future Grandpere incidentally is not eligible for the Preakness but otherwise is liberally engaged in stakes in New Jersey New York and Chicago In any event Mrs Adams and her trainer E H J Shaw do nflt intend to duck Citation Coaltown or anyone else later in the season All hands who saw him at his peak stakewinning form in California last year agree that he is one of the best to emerge from that state in many a year and some even rate him better thanOn Trust

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