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« on: July 09, 2009, 10:58:24 AM »

Anybody have a clue of the origin or explanation?

Was sifting through a reference and stumbled across the following:

from the 1957 Hoof Beats and Ken McCarr article "Under the Awning".

There are many superstitions around the stables. One man would chase anyone eating peanuts, as the brown husk was bad luck. Others will chase anyone who throws a hat on a bed. Charley Lacey had one of the oddest dislikes. He once had a horse, which had won two heats of a race and then dropped dead. The groom told him that a cross-eyed man had petted the horse just before going out for the fatal heat. From that time on Charley had no use for anyone whose eyes didn't track.

Benny Sturgeon once told of being on the same train with Lacey and they were on their way to drive in the Kalamazoo Derby. The two made an agreement that the first one to get a cab would grab it for both drivers as time was short and it was nearly time to warm up when the train arrived.

Lacey was the first to spot a cab and he yelled to Sturgeon. Benny reached the door just as the driver turned around to ask the destination. One of his eyes was "Pointing toward Jones" and Lacey spotted it just as the driver asked him, 'Where are you going?" Lacey replied, "I'm going to get out of here as fast as I can" and he grabbed his grip and jumped out of the other door.

If this Irishman was disturbed by this happening he was in for a ruder shock for when he arrived at the track he found that he had drawn thirteenth post-position.

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Regards Don
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