Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-08


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 6. — Bill Corum survived his first step as "Mr. Derby" and he came off with fly ing colors. Fate played an important part for the race brought together a well balanced field with sectional rivalry roused to fever pitch. Bill can now rest up for a week or so before he hits the trail back to Broadway and the arduous duties as a sports columnist. Another accolade can he thrown at the cooled out by now," we hope. Brownie Leach. This elongated son of Kentucky is the public relations director of Churchill Downs. He can relax in his office from now to the end of the meeting and wont be bothered by answering a thousand or so questions every other hour, from a lot of visiting firemen or what have you. Trainer Preston Burch will load his charges Greek Ship, Sunglow and Dart By for Belmont Park on Sunday morning-. Mrs. Dodge Sloane, who reigns as mistress of the fashionable Brookmeade menage hopes for better luck next year. . . . Trainer Max Ilirsch will plane back to Queens Village. The King Ranch starters Middleground and On the Mark were bound for Belmont Park. . . . The California delegation, undecided whether to continue on to New York or head for Pimlico to await the Preakness, tossed coins to decide their destination. Watch out you boys on Broadway, better move South Pacific into Madison Square Garden. . . . Eddie Martin, do you remember him, well he was a jockey some time back, but is now a mutuel supervisor here. Clifford Mooers, the air commuter between Texas, Kentucky and California, turned in one of the nicest gestures of the week. He flew his West Coast trainer Dick Watts from San Francisco for the race. Watts readied Hawley for his Sequoia Handicap victory, the race which decided Hawleys presence in the Derby. . .Jimmy Kilroe, who is racing secretary at Arlington and Washington Parks, flew out from New York to say hello to owners and trainers who make those two big tracks their summer rendezvous... Eddie Kilroe, general manager at Aqueduct, flew back to New York to have matters in readiness for that meeting. . .Reports from the hinterlands that bad weather prevailed with many planes grounded spread consternation among the admittance department. . . Spencer Drayton showed up on time, gave the layout the once over, and then reported back that exery thing was okay... J. G. "Bully" Wagnon deserted Jamaica and was on hand for the big event. He returned after the running. Billy Seeman from New York was here . . .Larry "MacPhail, the showman of baseball, deserted his Maryland thoroughbred nursery for a look-see... "Spike" Briggs, Jr., came down from Detroit to take in the festivities. . .Bob Kleberg did a little stall walking before post time. He, according to observers, walked the length of his King Ranch in deep Texas... The man who did the mostest booting was Louis B. Mayer, his hero none other than Your Host... The California delegation, the largest in recent years, departed for the Golden State Saturday evening. John Clinton Clark, who presides over the destinies of Flamingo Park, alias Hia-leah, had cheerful reports on the construction work. . .Jockey Eddie Arcaro got the last plane to leave LaGuardia, his wish on arrival was that his luck holds good... Senator Warren Wells "the Gentleman from Iowa," Edward McDonald, who lugged Continued on Page Forty-Three

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