Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 17, 1974 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, June 17, 1974
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Jockey: If You Help Fix Horse Race Just One Time^They Got You 9 OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Jockey Wayne "Avis" Anderson has been asked several times to help fix horse races. "You'd be surprised how good you get along by saying 'no,'" Anderson says. "They don't argue with you. But all you got to do is do it once, and they got you." "They," of course, are gamblers and others who would tamper with races. Anderson, 26, one of the top half dozen Nebraska jockeys over the past several years, is half of a semi-famous father-son team. His father, Irv. now the paddock judge at Ak-Sar-Ben and a steward at the outstate tracks, once rode the big-time ChicagoNew York Florida circuit for Calumet Farms and John Hay Whitney. Both Andersons are outgoing and usually say what's on their minds, even when it concerns the touchiest of subjects: racing's honesty. "It's very clean," says Irv, "but I don't suppose you could say 99.9 per cent honest because there are so many factors." The elder Anderson points out that it's amost impossible to police everybody who has a hand in racing. And Wayne says that it's not just the gamblers and devious strangers who make approaches; he's had friends ask him to throw a race. Usually his "friend" had a gambler "friend." In the old days, the jockeys themselves were cops on the track, Irv said. If a jockey was pulling something, a couple of other riders might remove him from the saddle during a race. "It was a lot rougher," said Irv, who rode Market Wise to a third place behind Wh i r1 a w ay in the 1941 Kentucky Derby. Wayne agrees, with his perennial smile. "But you take away TV and the fims and it would be just as rough right now." Jockeys then and now "are friends till the bell rings." said Irv, who was the first horseman to make the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame, even beating out the legendary M. H. VanBerg. Many jockeys are close, Wayne agreed/but, "There's Times Herald, Carroll, la. Monday,June 17,1974 No. 1 out there and it's you. If it's gonna get tight, it's you first." Wayne picked up the "Avis" tag at Atokad one year. He's never won a riding title but has been second or third at the Columbus track "for years," the same at Lincoln for four years and second at Atokad three years in a row. This season at Grand Island, he had 20-plus wins and was ranked fifth. Ak-Sar-Ben has been another matter. Anderson has had about 125 rides and has won only once. Since he rides 800-900 horses a year and averages 12 per cent wins, he acknowledges he's in a bad puzzling slump. "It's kind of rough," he said. "You just try to keep from getting down." Irv thinks his son is trying too hard. "You're trying so hard now, I think you're overriding." How much difference does a jockey make anyway? Irv goes with the old timers. "I'd say Eddie Arcaro is about right, about 10 per cent is the rider." Wayne thinks it's more. "But if you haven't got the horse, that's it. You got to have the horse but you got to have the ability to help him home." The Andersons have been helping them home for a long time. Irv started in the bushes around Wayne County, Nch. when he was about 11. He turned pro in 1935 with a contract from Calumet. He rode in three Derbys before he was drafted in '41. Then it was over. After five years in the service, "the age and the weight were too much." Wayne, 26, a graduate of Pierce, Neb., High School, also began with dirt-road match races and small county fairs in his pre-teen years. He's been more independent. "I've never been under a contract," he says. Racing has been good to both. Pay was smaller and conditions rougher but Irv said a good jockey on the big circuit could pull down $25,000 gross a year. Irv did well enough to drive a 12-cylinder Cadillac convertible. The younger Anderson makes more — $35.000-40,000 gross but racing inflation, like 25 per cent to his agent, cuts down the profit. There are hazards to the game besides gamblers and losing streaks. Both Andersons are tall for jockeys, about 5-5. Weight got Irv out of riding and it's a FUNNY BUS/NESS problem for Wayne, who goes over 130 pounds while he's relaxing around his home at Grand Island during the winter. There's travel — to Omaha in the Spring, Lincoln and Columbus in the summer and Chicago in the fall. Bf Roger Bollen DO QOU REALIZE \ THtt" QOOR BLUNDER] HfrS COST pis A 10 MIU.IOAJ <-)OG TO W&DW TWAT I. LET IT A<3AIN DOUBLE GOLD BOND STAMPS EVERY TUESDAY U.S.D.A. CHOICE CHUCK ROAST SAVINGS' i U.S.D.A. CHOICE jHJgSlfPMigigr" tea? TEAK B &H QUALITY WILSON SKIN ON WIENERS $4*9 GROUND BEEF OPEN 24 HOURS EVERY DAY 7 DAYS AWEEK WE WELCOME FOOD STAMP CUSTOMERS WILSON NISSEN BRAUNSCHWEIGER KAPS TwinPak POTATO CHIPS Save Big At B & H WILSON SAVORY 5-Lb. Box FAMILY PAK PORK CHOPS PORK BLUE BIRD SMOKED ~ HOCKS HAMS2** BEER Whole or Shank Half FLAV-O-RITE Orange Juice COSTELLO FROZEN DESSERT ELF Asst. DIP French Onion Bermuda Onion Italian Garlic 8-Oz. Carton MARGARINE FLAV-O-RITE CHEESE SPREAD

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