One prominent horseman upped yesterday with the best suggestion of the year to “take the mystery” out of racing for the public. It concerns riding orders.
“Why not make it a rule that riding orders must be given in writing, and in triplicate? The owner keeps one. The stewards get another. The third is posted for public inspection.
By this method, all controversy would be ended as to whether or not a rider followed instructions. It often happens, you know, for a rider to tell the stewards he got one kind of riding orders, the owner to say another thing. Moreover, if there were any secret instructions to give a horse an easy or qualifying race, the stewards and public could see at a glance that the rider was not following the written and posted instructions.”
(Oscar Otis / Los Angeles Times, 01/26/1939)