New York Notes, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-02


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L __ I New York Notes JAMAICA, L. I.", N. Y„ May 1. Dr. Charles H. Strub, Santa Anitas head man who has been visiting in New York, will sail for Europe some time this week. He will attend the Holy Year Festivities in Rome before his return. J. T. "Tommy" Taylor was an arrival from Kentucky to take over the training of the horses of his patrons. The thoroughbreds have been quartered at Belmont for several weeks. Taylor is being assisted by his son. Tommy, Jr. The first set of condition books for Belmont Park have been distributed among the horsemen. Also the stake blanks for the summer session at Aqueduct. The four-year-old, Indian Barney, whom Alfred Luke leased to Mrs. T. J. Carroll, was shipped to Suffolk Downs and ran second at that track Saturday. Baron Long, owner of Los Angeles famed Biltmore Hotel, and one of the leading thoroughbred breeds on the West Coast over a score of years ago, was a visitor Saturday. Apprentice Sammy Boulmetis took advantage of an idle day at Garden State to ride at Jamaica Monday. Eddie McDermott, who is assistant to general manager Luke OBrien of Jamaica, became a happy father last week-end. Mrs. McDermott gave birth to a daughter who will be christened Mary Ann. Mike McDermott, for years affiliated with Empire City, is the grandfather. Durable Joe OShea of the press box staff at Jamaica celebrated a birthday on May Day. Joe admits to having seen-39 summers. He failed to count the winters. Jockey Chris Rogers was forced to cancel his mounts today due to illness. Joe ODare, vice-president of the ODare Horse Pullman Co. and the Connors Air Transport Co., flew up from Miami today with Chris Palmer and Bob Gilmore, of those companies. CDare was recently married in the church of St. John the Apostle at Hialeah to Miss Elizabeth Clark-son, of London, England, Father Lawrence J. Flynn performing the ceremony. ODare met Miss Clarkson while a G. I. during World War H. and they have been corresponding ever since. The weather proved too much for Doug -Dodson and Nichols Combest, who canceled their mounts for the day. Combest hopes to return to the saddle on Wednesday, with medical permission. Eric Guerin, who will be at Churchill Downs on Saturday in On the Marks saddle, will be back at Belmont on Monday to ride Mrs. W. M. Jeffords* Suleiman in the forty-ninth running of the Swift Stakes. Warren Mehrtens has been engaged to ride Sanford Stud Farms Yankee Hill in the Toboggan. Jack ODare, Chris Palmer and Bob Gil-more, of the ODare Vanning Company, planed in from Miami. George Hettinger will ride G. D. Wide-ners Rare Perfume in Wednesdays Prioress. This was named for the first American filly to win an English stake. Back in 1857, Prioress, with George Fordham in the saddle, won the Cesarewitch Stakes at two miles and a quarter. Incidentally, they had real lightweight riders in those days, as Prioress and El Hakim, who finished second, carried only 93 pounds, while Queen Bess, who was third, had 66 pounds on her back. The name of the 66-pound boy has vanished into the mists of history, but he is believed to have been the first of the Singer midgets. Wally Rustia who won the first race of Tiis career at Jamaica over two years ago, but who still enjoys the five-pound apprentice allowance, accepted his first mount of the season Friday. "■ Trainer H. J. Goldblatt, who brought ;four horses from Florida a couple of days ago, lost little time swinging into action. -He started one of them, Effervescent, today.

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