Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-06


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents— I CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville. Ky., May 5. — The big trek reaches its peak tomorrow with Louisville as the destination. The boys and girls who make the Kentucky Derby a must in their social and sporting calendar will be here. The town is a cosmopolitan center with the twang of New England, the slur of the Deep South, the broad speech of the Southwest and the short-clipped accent of Broadway blendine together in one mass that defies description. By train, plane, bus and motor the hordes swarm into this area and there you were shaking hands with a guy from Los Angeles one minute and turning around to greet another from New York while a fellow from old New Orleans moved up and turn the spot into a well. Texas is well represented here and the wearers of the broad-brimmed Stetsons were looking: for the boys from California, the matter to be discussed, "Who do you like?" Jake Freedman, the old Houston owner and breeder, turned up this morning: and reported that he had piloted a couple of plane loads of his fellow Texans onto the scene. Jake is fully recovered from a recent illness that had him on the ropes at Hialeah. In the R. H. ■ Abercrombie private plane and Herman Browns own sky transport were Fred Wyse, Judge J. A. Elkins, Bob Henderson, George Butler, Maurice Cummings, Morrow Cummings, Ralph McCuIlough, E. D. Adams/Gus Wortham, Milo C. Abercrombie, W. F. "Doc" Neuhaus, William A. . ■ 1 4 "BUI" Smith, Lep Meyer, Charles L. Mc-Lain, Dewitt Gordon, Justin Qnerbes, and Charles Francis ... Jess and Mrs. Mitchell planed in from Indianapolis and their first question was how good is this Your Host? Sir Basil and Lady Brooke of Ireland are here as guests of Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. On hand from Washington, D. C, are Attorney-General McGrath, Secretary of Agriculture Brannan and Secretary of the Interior Chapman to take in the big event. . .Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Iselin, he is an official of Monmouth Park, arrived from the East all set to witness the "Run for the Roses."... Eddie Brennan, Eastern racing official will witness his first Derby when the field parades postward to the cheers of the thousands. ..The first act performed by William Goetz, owner of Your Host, upon his arrival was to ride out to Churchill Downs to inspect his candidate. "Looks mighty good," was his summation. Trainer Syl Veitch will ship the horses he has here for C. V. Whtney to Belmont Park. The advance guard of that menage is at the Nassau County course in charge of Danny Kearney. . .Jack Hodgins, trainer of Dixiana, may move eastward to Saratoga for that meeting and invade Long Island in the fall. . .Bill Corum will return to "New York on May 17 to resume his duties on the Journal-American. Economy note to all taxpayers: Why not hold the all states governors convention in Louisville on Derby Day? There is a full quota of state executives here at present and more on the way. . .Bill Boyle, the chairman of the National Democratic Committee, will chaperon a large delegation of fellow Democrats from Washings ton, D. C. for the Derby. The party will leave the nations capitol in Robert Youngs private car. Young by the way is president of the C. and O. Railroad. They are due here tomorrow morning in time for the first race.. .Another delegation showed up from Boston today in charge of Murray Gross, Lloyds representative in the rock-ribbed New England country; A. Craig Smith, he is vice-president of the Gillette Razor Co.; Ed Wilhelm, of Moxon, Inc., and Homer Johnson of Snyder and Black of New York. They are due to return on Sunday.

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