Acid attack at Saratoga, Aug. 1939

“This afternoon’s thirty-seventh Delaware Handicap saw only three go to the post. The Brandywine stable’s Masked General was the winner at 2 to 7 and by two lengths.

This 5-year-old gelding escaped serious injury on the way to the race track paddock. An unidentified man attempted to throw acid on the horse, but his aim was bad. Masked General received only a couple of blisters on his rump. Part of his tail was burned.

Examined by the track veterinarian, the horse was pronounced in fit condition to run. The State Racing Commission issued an order that hereafter all horses on the association grounds must have two men accompany them. The culprit is being sought.

The attempt to injure the horse created a stir in the spa.”
(The New York Times, 08/19/1939)


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