On the Trot: USTA, IHRC Meet, Clarify Rules; Backing Up Field Interpreted; Joyce Hankins Scores First Victory, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-13


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TrotI On the Trot I By MORRIE KURLANSKY 1 1USTA USTA IHRC Meet Clarify Rules Backing Up Field Interpreted Joyce Hankins Scores First Victory VictoryMAYWOOD MAYWOOD PARK Maywood HI June 12 Officers of the USTA governing body of harness racing and breeding and mem ¬ bers of the Illinois Harness Racing Com ¬ mission visited this track and held a meet ¬ ing Wednesday after ¬ noon The maui rea ¬ son was the interpreta ¬ tion of the many rule changes that had been adopted by the board of directors of the USTA at their Decem ¬ ber 1952 meeting Effective as of June 1 directors shall be elected as follows Nomi ¬ nation for director shall be made by filing a written petition by at least 25 voting members from the district of the aspirant to be filed at the main office of the asso ¬ ciation at Columbus Ohio at least 35 days before the election The incumbent direc ¬ tor shall automatically become a candi ¬ date unless at least 35 days prior to said election he files a written declination at the office of the association The associa ¬ tion will then prepare a numbered official ballot listing all candidates for the posir tipn of director The main change in vot ¬ ing for directors lies in the fact that vot ¬ ing by proxy was abolished abolishedA A lively discussion arose over the inter ¬ pretation of the rule concerning backing up the field A number of drivers have been fined here for backing up the field a fact constituted by trotting or pacing the first quarter in about 32 seconds and then going the second quarter in a five or six seconds slower time There are of course no specific tune requirements for a first or second quarter or any quarter mentioned in the rules but if a driver after getting the lead slows down considerably in the second quarter so as to disturb the rest of the field cause confusion or interference among the trailing horses he is liable to be fined of punished in any other way the judges may see fit In other words a driver after having reached the lead in the first quarter may slow down as much as he likes as long as he doesnt interfere with the progress of the balance of the field Should he however by his slowdown tactics cause any trouble for the horses behind him he is to be penalized by the judges judgesThe The following rule changes recommended by the USTA rules committee were adopted and will be effective for the 1954 season Drivers holding a full license or registered stables participating at an extended pari mutuel meeting shall register their racing colors with the USTA Colors so registered shall not be taken by any other person The fee for such registration is 10 for a lifetime registration All disputes on rights to particular colors shall be settled by the USTA USTAJoyce Joyce Hankins scored her first victory of the season with Guy Gallon a three yearold trotting gelding owned by Paul S Dougherty of La Grange in the first race Wednesday night Another lady driver Edith Mouw competing in the same race finished unplaced with her mount Fay Axtel Russell Britenfield steered the twoyearold pacer John Sitzmann to victory in the first start of I this colt who is an offspring of the Brit ¬ enfield stallion Cold Cash The time of 214 was the fastest registered here in the schooling races for the kindergarten class Delhi Lady a starter in the 1949 Hambletonian stakes richest trotting race of the world won her first race this year last Wednesday night in 208 The Scotland mare is owned by the Jordan Bros Stable Rockford HI and trained by Dee Stover Earl Roush paces all drivers here with 18 victories His latest success was a sur ¬ prise win with Clever Tee a fiveyearold trotting gelding owned by Ransom G Yea ger of Akron Ohio It was the fifth victory for Clever Tee in 12 starts this season and the trotter since arriving here has prog ¬ ressed from the moneywinning classes to Xlass A within a few weeks In the 10 000 Detroit Trotting Derby a one and one quarter mile event at Hazel Park the entry of Castleton Farms finished onetwo with Scotch Harbor the winner driven by Curly Smart and the runnerup Kash aplenty guided by C Larsen In the beaten field were among others the Hambleton ¬ ian winner of 1951 Mainliner and last years Chicago trotting star Johnny Brown Recent winners at Roosevelt Raceway were Mighty Santa a threeyearold pacer by Volomite who broke his maiden here last year and the Californiaowned pacer Imprudent a winner both here and at Sportsmans Park last season seasonChief Chief Strong a winner of 10 races last lastyear year on the Chicago circuit is currently currentlycampaigning campaigning at Hazel Park in charge of trainer Jimmy Wingfield The Indiana last year Grandma Burright celebrated her seventieth birthday last Wednesday Her colleagues in the judges stand pre ¬ sented her with a beautiful cake com ¬ plete with candles and her daughter Joyce drove a winner the same night Tomorrow nights feature is the Grey ¬ hound Trot Stake and the 2580 event received seven entries among them Darnleys Dream who was especially shipped here from Louisville to fulfill his engagement Frank Taylor will drive Darnleys Dream In another interesting race tomorrow night Gay Order will try to dispute Gene Hayes claim to the Maywood Park pacing crown in a 1500 freeforall pace which also will bring out Dale Wingay Hollywood Bennie Billy Wasson and True Jay JayThree Three schooling races were held Thurs ¬ day noon Judith Eton with Don Buse in the sulky won the 30class trot easily by eight lengths in 216 while the free legged sidewheeler Linden garnered the 30class pace in 215 His driver was Dan Peacock Two horses on the starters list inet in a match race with Hiram Hanover Stan Stucker beating Victory Chance by three lengths in 213

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