Former rider named chief steward in California
ARCADIA, California (AP):
Darrel McHargue, who, as a jockey, won the 1975 Preakness Stakes and has been a racing official for 27 years, was named to the newly created position of chief steward in California.
The California Horse Racing Board announced yesterday that McHargue will handle daily supervision of all stewards at the state's racetracks. Executive director Rick Baedeker says the board's goal is to be consistent in the interpretation of racing board rules statewide.
McHargue has been a California steward since 1990. He begins his new job on December 26, when Santa Anita's winter meet opens. He will work with stewards to review race films and discuss and evaluate decisions and rulings.
The 61-year-old McHargue won an Eclipse Award in 1978 as the nation's outstanding jockey.