Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-01


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS __ Chief of Chart Correspondents I JAMAICA, L. L, N. Y., AprU 29.— The boys and girls of the racing set will spend some time over the week-rend applying the slide rule, slide rule, mathematical formulas or what have you on the Derby candidates. The big race is on Saturday and to a man every one is rooting for Bill Coram, Mr. Derby to you, for clear weather and a fast track. The boys who quote the futures on the Kentucky blue ribband event have nave posted posted the the Cali- have nave posted posted the the Cali- can-fornian, Your Host as the choice. This fellow is an ll-to-5 choice, due to the weight of that golden ore, shipped in from the Hollywood lode and other rich fields in that state. Other prices are Hill Prince at 4, Oil Capitol at 5, Middle Ground 6 and the surprise one of the lot, Mr. Trouble, at 10. Theory, from Calumet, is still held at 10 to one. Evidently the boys are not taking Ben Jones in a light mood, despite his pessimistic prognostications. Well well know all about it soon. . Going: into todays card apprentice Willie Boland, who is second to Eddie Arcaro in the jockey standings, was av -c raging a winner a day. Arcaro topped him by one winning: mount. . .Johnny Gilbert came in from Maryland to. ride Chicle II. in the Gallant Fox Handicap. He returned to Pimlico Saturday night ...George Snow was missing from his post in the racing secretarys office today. He had an important date with his dentist. . .The highly-regarded two-year-old colt Flight Admiral made his first appearance in this sector today. His only previous start was at Havre de Grace... Hill Prince is the only double stakes winner of the meeting, having accounted for the Experimental No. 1 and the Wood. A meeting of the national directors of the HBPA will be held Sunday afternoon at the Hotel New Yorker. The agenda to be discussed is important for the welfare of the national body. . .Tom Boyd, the old golfer, notified Harry Stevens n. to bring out the fatted calf as he made his first appearance of the season over the week-end. . . .Mrs. Ester duPont Weir was among the early arrivals and discussed the "off" track conditions with trainer Jim Ryan... Mrs. Anne Clare of Saratoga Springs wired from the upstate city that she would be on hand for the week-end... Nate Levine, Broadway caterer, forgot all about feeding people during the afternoon while in quest of the elusive winner. . .Bert Cole of the Crosley Radio and Abe Flecher of Jacksonville, Fla., compared handicap figures with Dan Chappell, the Miami barrister. The latter checked in from the Florida metropolis to preside at the directors meeting of the HBPA. He planes back to Miami Sunday night. . .Ruth Brandt of the theatrical clan and one of New Yorks turf regulars, notified all that she is branching out into the business field. She has established the Ruth Joyce Flower Shop on Madison Ave. and will have the rooting interest of everyone in racing for success. The schooling of the steeplechasers at Belmont Park will be permissible over the big course on Monday. There are at present some 100 timber toppers oh the grounds. . .Pete Bostwick arrived at Belmont Park from Aiken, S. C with 15 head. Stunts, his handicap star, headed the shipment . .Judy Johnson checked in at Belmont Park with a draft of 10 horses including some fencers. . .Harry Massey of Pittsburg, Fa., and master of the Grandview Stable, made his first appearance of the season yesterday . . . Jerry Brady, director of racing at Tropical Park, put in an appearance yesterday and reported that the last shipment from the Gables track pulled out last week. Brady reported that on direct orders from the Florida Racing Commission the grounds were kept open to horses. Jake Byer turned into a rapid trader on Friday. He lost through the claiming route Hopefully, but filed a claim for Widdeford from the same race. The transaction was for the Hudson Valley Stable., .Jockey Ted Atkinson will handle Count Turf for Jack Amiel in Fridays getaway day feature, the Youthful.. Jockey Warren Mehrtens tried out his legs at Belmont Park yesterday by straddling a lead pony. He expects to resume riding next week. Mehrtens was the victim of a peculiar auto accident which injured his legs. After parking his car in a garage he was backed against the wall by another car which was in the process of being parked. . .Jockey Willie Boland will check out for Louisville on Sunday by plane... Trainer Bill Hicks and Harry I. Day finally showed from Florida. The weather was too cold to leave. The selections for Monday, and heres hoping for a fast track, are: EAST INDIES in the fifth race, SAILORS CHOICE in the sixth and POISON ARROW in the seventh.

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