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— — — — — — — _ — Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont. L. I., N. Y., May 12. — Fervent, the son of Blenheim n. and Hug Again, by Stimulus, may be an addition addition to to the the breed- addition addition to to the the breed- breeding ranks in Texas. Trainer Ben Jones, who has the Calumet horses in Louisville, was approached several days back to put a price on the horse. The Missou-rian set a figure of 00,000 for the six-year-old, believing that no Texan would pay that much. The price did did not not stscr?iir stagger tho the did did not not stscr?iir stagger tho the agent for he said he would be back later to talk business. The sale of Fervent would in w2?S? UI?Set the breedine Plans for the nTonf 5? Dt"CkT men«* r°r Sun Again, bred SSf.?lef Tig toes 15 one of their top S S; The """cess of Middleground in the Derby has aroused interest among racing devotees in the Lone Star StaHnd the grapevine has it that a group of oil men fhP »«k the, deaI and their calff or the assembly of a racing stable and a breeding farm. John C. Haner of Southport, Ky„ whose Arts Mona won the Kentucky Oaks, lost not time in mapping out breeding plans for the future of the miss. The Oaks was run at Louisville the day before the Derby. When Middleground flashed down in front of his company in the big race, Hauer sought out Max Hirsch and booked a season to the Texas-bred when he was through with racing. . . . Quite a number of the boys are boasting about their prowess in picking Middleground to win the Derby. Col. Abe Hallow has documentary evidence to prove his statement. At a dinner held at the Shamrock Hotel on March 15, Hallow told the assembled Texans that Middleground was his choice. He has the clipping from Daily Racing Form of March 1G as concrete evidence. The two Irish-breds that Lin Howard acquired in England left here yesterday for California.- The horses were moved via ex-Press Frank Shannon, the old-time commissioner who supplies the morning line to the various New York tracks, is showing progress in his illness. He has high hopes of getting to. Belmont one of these summerlike days. Thats if his legs can stand the gaff is the way he outlined the situation. ... Joe Boyle, the old commissioner, came on from French Lick Springs, Ind., after witnessing the running of the Derby. . . . William Pfeifer, who Is chairman of the New York State Republican party, deserted his Buffalo, N. Y., haunts to give Belmont Park the once over, . . . Joe E. Davis made one of his rare appearances during the afternoon. . . . Robert A. Fairbairn, who raced a few good horses several years back, was a first-time visitor Frank J. Heller of the Lester Manor Stable compared handicap figures with trainer George Strate during the afternoon. . . . Harold Talbot and Bryce Wing were on hand, a combination of business and pleasure. Lawrence Firestone was offered some sage advice by his brother Russell on how to pick winners — maybe.. Jule Fink, in his battle for restoration of his license, reported that his lawyers had filed their briefs with Ashley Cole of the racing commission. . .Mrs. John G. Winant, the wife of the one-time Ambassador to England, made her first appearance of the season. . .Mrs. John A. Morris reports that plans for the Belmont Ball, for the benefit of the Speyer Hospital, are moving along nicely. Charley Casey, the touring turfman, was an arrival from Garden State, via Pimlico and Santa Anita. . .Trainer Bill Hicks reported that he had taken up Noble Hero to train for L. Gerngross. Hicks is seeking other material for a summer campaign. . . Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jeffords were arrivals from Philadelphia and plan to remain for the season. . .Frank C. Rand, a New Mexico oil man, admitted that Belmont Park had scenery... Alvin Untermeyer came out to witness the running of the steeplechase offering.. Sir Ashley Sparks will be host on Saturday to several admirals of the English Navy, who are here on duty . . "Deacon" Jones saddled Persiana in the opener and then flew to Pimlico to saddle Winter Wheat in the sixth at that track ...Donald Ross, of Delaware Park, commutes every other day... Alex Hilton, the clothing man, forgot all about style trends to test his handicapping figures. The selections for tomorrow are: FREE VERSE in the second, ONE HITTER in the seventh and MB. JAY in the eighth.