Apprentice Barry Mackaben rode the winner in both ends of yesterday's $41.40 daily double at Bowie and then the jockeys voted not to ride out the rest of the nine-race card.
Veteran jockey Danny Wright said of the decision, "We thought the strip was too inconsistent to ride safely. There were hard spots and soft spots and dry spots and wet spots. The riders felt that there might be an accident."
The second-race winner King Sitric at a $13 mutuel. Skipper, the first winner, returned $8.20.
The temperature was 51 degrees and the sun was shining when the cancellation was announced.
Many fans among the 5,220 paid admissions had to seek out various departments for refunds or rain checks. Those with valet parking stubs were refunded $3. And, since there were only two races run, tickets for yesterday's program will be accepted as a rain check for any day during the 1979 meeting. Five races are needed to constitute a full program.
All track employees received a halfday's pay.
Mrs. Richard Spong of Washington, a member of the crowd asked how she felt about the cancellation, said, "We don't feel too bad. We had a winning ticket to cash from a previous day, so it wasn't a total loss. The jockeys have to be allowed to rate the condition of the track. They have to ride over it."
A closed-door meeting of the jockeys and Bowie management that lasted almost two hours gave little hint as to what to expect today. Jockey Bill Passmore, Jockey Guild representative and acknowledged leader of the riders, would not commit the jockeys for today's program, although he did promise to walk the course with Bowie General Manager Al Karwacki.
Jockey Mike Torre, who took a spill while warming up Sugarland Queen for the second race, said from a whirlpool bath, "The track was inconsistent. My horse was galloping along smoothly when she went down and over with no warning. I hurt my neck and upper back, though I still could have ridden if I had to. But it wouldn't have been fair to anybody. When a rider can't sit down and put his horse to pressure nobody gets a square shake."
Asked if the riders had given any indication as to how they would deal with today's program, Karwacki said, "That's the $64 question. No, they wouldn't say one way or the other. We'll just have to see."
Bowie official Muggins Feldman, asked if there had been many complaints, said, "I don't know. When the cancellation was announced, I hid."