Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-16


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont L. I? N. Y., May 15. — Hill Prince, Middleground, Mr. Trouble, Ferd and, possibly, a few other horses horses will will make make up up the the 33 — horses horses will will make make up up the the Preakness field. The California wonder, Your Host, has fallen by the wayside, which is customary with California three-year-olds when they vejiture eastward in the spring. Middleground is not a definite Preakness starter. No van has yet been ordered for the trio trip to to P Pimlico i m 1 i c o and and 33 — trio trip to to P Pimlico i m 1 i c o and and trainer Max Hirsch spent the morning at his doctors office, having his throat painted. The Texan developed laryngitis when Middleground reach the eighth pole in the Withers Saturday. His throat couldnt stand the strain*bf the silent rooting. "Casey" Hayes says that Hill Prince, who runs like a noun daw? on the scent, came out of the Withers in fine shape. "Hes changing- his style," Hayes said, "and is setting handier and quicker, so I told Eddie to go to the front as soon as he could and that I would take the blame if he got beat. I wish wed known as much about him before the Derby as we do now." Hayes explained the C. T. Chen-erys colts washiness before the derby. "Somebody spilled oil on the only light cooler we had, and we had to use a heavy one. He was 20 minutes getting to the post and delayed another five minutes by photographers, so lie was sweating like you would be in a winter coat on the fourth of July. But it wasnt from nervousness." Terry Farley, who for the past 40 years served as custodian of the jockey rooms on New York tracks, is a patient at the Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica. He underwent an operation for a recurrence of old appendix trouble. He is lonesome and wishes to enjoy company during visiting hours... Joe Donahue planed out for England yesterday via Ireland. He was aboard a ship piloted by Jimmy Hendrick-son with the Epsom Derby as his ultimate goal... Ivan Parke is holding out on the boy. He is having built at Miami Springs a 10-room house to be ready for occupancy this coming winter. The Grapevine has it that an addition is due in the Parke household this summer. ..A sale of horses of all types will be held in the paddock on Thursday, June 8, under the auspices of the Fasig-Tipton Company. . .Joey Levin-, son made one of his rare appearances of the season to root for Middleground in the Withers. He did not root hard enough. . . Bernard Baruch, the elder statesman and confident of presidents, was on hand to witness the gala program on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Hooper flew up from Miami to witness the three -year-olds tussle. They by-passed their Olympia at Garden State returning to Miami on Sunday... Frank Frankel was an interested spectator during the afternoon and expressed himself as well satisfied with his purchases from G. D. Widener last winter... George Coburn on behalf of himself and several friends presented Francis Dunne with a Missouri Meerschaum yesterday. Some parties unknown borrowed without leave one of Dunnes prized Dudeens, hence the presentation. John C. Clark, who presides over the destinies of Hialeah, reported that work was progressing satisfactorily at the south Florida track. The first of the big improvements is the new roof atop the entire grandstand... Billy Baxter, a veteran of the long ago, made his first appearance of the season.. Henry H. Bull of the Turf and Field Club was all smiles over the representative turnout of its members on Withers Day. . .Moran Tallman reported that a bond of 25,000 was necessary to bond the Venzuellian importation Hypocrite II. into this country. . .Horace Wade, whose duties for the present are to put Monmouth Park news on the sport pages, showed up for the big race. . .Trainer George M. Odom reported that Navy Chief, owned by E. P. Taylor, is coming around nicely. The colt was declared from the Derby due to a mishap in an early spring trial.

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