Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents— J BELMONT PARK, Elmont. L. I., N. Y., May 8. — Jockey Eddie Arcaro did it again. He had his choice for this years Derby, the same same as as he he had had the the same same as as he he had had the the year Shut Out whipped Devil Diver. He picked the wrong one. The "swarthy -skinned Cin-cinnatian was tendered the mount on Middle-ground earlier in the year by Max Hirsch. He then contracted to ride Hill Prince for C. T. Chenery, but there was no Derby provision in in this this agreement. agreement. The The in in this this agreement. agreement. The The day following the Wood Memorial, Arcaro broached the subject to Hirsch and stated "Max, if you want me to ride that colt just say so." Max, while a slight bit disappointed, replied that he would let Arcaro decide it for himself. Thats how come master William Boland, of Texas, rode the Texas-bred. Say, by the way, its a whole Texas victory. Hirsch comes from Texas, R. J. Kleberg owns half of Texas, the colt was bred and foaled in Texas, and in the long history of the race, the second apprentice to drive down through the stretch is a Texan. Middleground, according; to owner Bob Kleberg-, has the Belmont Stakes as his next big: objective of the year. His Preakness status will be decided next week. . .Trainer Preston Burch arrived home today and said that the Brook-meade Stable colors would not be shown in the Maryland classic Sunglow, the Brookmeade colt, came out of the engagement in good style. . .Louis B. Mayer left for California shortly after the running of the Derby. He planed out, saddened by the failure of his son-in-laws charge. . .Arnold Hangar is due in New York in the near future. . .Miss Mollie Cullum planed back to Miami to undergo a minor operation. She is hopeful of returning to Belmont Park for the last two weeks. Horatio Luro was among the belated arrivals for the big race. . .Probably the most disappointed man in Louisville on Saturday was Leslie B. Combs II. He was all set to stage a big victory celebration for Your. Host. . .Spencer Drayton left for New York and plans to be at the Preakness. . .Jack Needles and Dave Woods were mapping out ambitious plans for the Preakness as soon as Middleground crossed the finish line. They will pair the Texan and Ferd, owned by Joe Roebling, and a few others. Among the Rhode Island visitors for the Derby were Judge Arcaro, no kin to Eddie; James Daneker, James Seattle, J. Alden Dooley, he is a son of the man who presides over Narrangansett Park; Bert Catalano, Phillip Glanzman and Abe Goldstein of the textile Industry. They joined the party that Judge Dooley tendered Governor John Pas to re at a pre-Derby luncheon. Mel Allen, the voice of the Yankees, saw the big race, spoke a few words and then planed back to the baseball wars. When the press box loud speaker announced that the temperature reading was 64, a few boys reached for overcoats, yep, they came from Florida. . .Miss Marion Miller, the charming and at the same time efficient press secretary, put in an order for floppy shoes. "My feet just wont take that punishment any longer," was her summing up of the situation. Her fast thinking and tact saved a radio broadcast when Max Hirsch forgot about his appointment and went off to Lexington to inspect some yearlings, or what have you.

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