Dedicate's case is a little different. His owner, Mrs. Jan Burke, declined the invitation to Laurel on the ground that her horse was injured and had to pass up The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. When he returned to form she sent him not to Laurel but to Garden State to train for the Trenton.
Racing today is a prosperous sport and the people in it—both on the management and spectator levels—are not nitwits. But if the public which supports this spectacle has a right to expect anything, that something is an honest account of the news instead of calculated deception for the sake of publicity. There is full justification for a famous horse backing out of a big race with an excuse of injury or illness—as was the case within the past two years with Nashua, Swaps, Gen. Duke and even Dedicate. But it is another matter when the public is deliberately misled. It's high time both owners and tracks awoke to the realization that there has never been any percentage in killing the goose that laid the golden egg.