Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-02


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■ t Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS — — Chief of Chart Correspondents— —J JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 1.— Gloom deep and thick enveloped the stable occupied by "Maje" Odom at Belmont Park this ■ morning. morning. Men Men and and boys boys morning. morning. Men Men and and boys boys evinced little interest in their daily chores for they had lost their pet. This animal of doubtful ancestery was from the canine family and was known as The Thing, Scooter and the Sugar Drop Kid. He was one of a litter that arrived last fall and unlike his brothers and sisters sisters failed failed to to grow grow • sisters sisters failed failed to to grow grow and develop. As a dog he was long-haired and odd-shaped, about a foot long and five inches tall. Like most of his type, he developed a personality that earned friends in a hurry and he kept them. He was named Scooter. The boys in the barn tagged him The Thing and the Sugar Drop Kid came from visitors who noticed his peculiarity in attempting to hide lumps of sugar around the stable area as other dogs hide bones. His method in obtaining the sugar was unique. He waited patiently while the visitors watched the horses in the walking ring, where they are cooled out fol- lowing trials. As a rule, visitors unfamiliar with J horses, are wary in presenting a lump of sugar to a horse, not that they are afraid of the animal but the fear of a nipped finger or hand is present. The proffered lump is usually dropped when the horses reach for the tidbits. Thats where Scooter shone. In a flash he would pick up the sugar and then his actions were reminiscent of a cockroach quickly scooting out of danger. At this point in the morning comedy, a laugh could be expected for the dog would dash off to , some secluded corner of the stable or on the other hand dig a hole a few feet from £ where he picked up the lump, as the hiding place. Odom estimates that in a few years he might be a rival to the Cubans in the matter of sugar productions, that is if the lumps hidden by the dog should sprout and grow. I i Scooters markings were odd, described as sable brown, when not too dirty from rolling in the dust and mud, a perfect bow j marked his neck and white feet. John Barry Ryan and Aksel Wichfeld evinced ■ great interest in the mutt as he was always good for a laugh. During the morning a J telegram arrived from Palm Beach direct- ] ing "Maje" Odom to pay his owner and then crate the dog for shipment to Florida. He will find the plush environs of Palm ] Beach different from those that prevailed at the stable. The boys at the barn are will- ing to wager that he will be back when £ homesickness overtakes him, for as the old saying goes, once a race tracker always a ■ race tracker. 1 During the absence of Max Hirsch, "Buddy" Raines saddled Mission for his I engagement in the fifth race on Monday. . . . Peanut Brier, owned by W. E. Charles, arrived at Belmont Park con- * signed to Bert Williams to train. . . . Mrs. Milton Erlanger was on hand to witness the effort of Child Wonder in Mondays Continued on Page Forty-Two i Connors Comer | Continued from Page Three opener. The occasion was the first start of the progeny of their one-time campaigner, Boy Angler. . . . Tom Murphy, who trained Burbar II to win the English Derby for Herman B. Duryea in 1914, is on the ailing list at his Queens Village home. He was stricken with a light paralytic shock over the week-end. 4 .Ike Perlstein came on from Louisville, , Ky., after spending three weeks in that area. . . . Jockey Dave Gorman will ride Counterpoint, owned by C. V. Whitney, in the Derby. Trainer Syl Veitch so reported I today. . . . W. F. Hooper, the Coral Gables s owner and patron, will be represented in — the steeplechase field this fall. The three- j year-old Hurricane will be schooled over . the fences. . . . Eddie Walsh, the former jockey who rode during the first decade of j this century, was a first-time visitor yes- , terday. . . . Trainer L. T. Ruff shipped the j horses he had here for T. P. Morgan to Garden State Park for that meeting. ... j Dr and Mrs. Robinson O. Joplin, of Louis- ville, Ky., who is the son of the late owner 1 and trainer Wayne Joplin, extended an 1 invitation to Mrs. John B. Campbell to be their guest for the Derby. Mrs. Campbell accepted. w ra W. E. Charles, of the HBPA was tl among the afternoon visitors. He came in over from Garden State Park. . . . Harry e Stevens, of the catering clan, showed up cr j . j , j j 1 1 w ra tl in e cr from Miami. He was at Gulfstream Park. . . Frank G. Menke, the old press agent, was on hand for the afternoon. . . . Harry F. Guggenheim left for Louisville to witness his Battle Morn perform in the Derby. The occasion will be the first time the Cain Hoy Stable silks are shown in that race. . . . Mrs. E. L. Hopkins, of Cleveland, Ohio, is expected here for the running of the Gallant Fox in which her Three Rings will be a starter. The Cresson Farms Goluptious was worked out one mile following the third race yesterday. Trainer McMaster decided that this was a good place to test the gelding over the intermediate distances. His experiment was in vain for the gelding changed hands via the claiming route. He "" ~ — m f is now the property of H. E. Simpson. . . . SJ J. J. Amiel and jockey Conn McCreary left the b for Louisville. The latter will ride the res- tn the taurateurs colt, Count Turf in,the Derby ar and Trainer Sol Rutchick announced that he ™ wilj fly down Saturday morning. . . . Mr. wl and Mrs. R. Pamdoiar came on from the yo you. Framingham, Mass., home for a few days ca racing. His racing menage was depleted wc by the loss of Star Prince via the claiming fa face route. . . . Max Kolner, the Jamaica pack- ne er, forgot all about rollbacks and other tn that trivia connected with the meat business for the afternoon. ... A meeting of the ha half Robert F. Mangel Post of the American Le- de dead gion was held in the clubhouse dining room following the running of the last race. . . . Louis Lazare did some tall root- tl ing yesterday for Fancy Talk in the second ei ha half de dead tl ei of the Daily Double. He settled for a heat. The selections are: CIGAR MAID in the sixth; DARK FAVORITE in the seventh, and TUFFEROO in the eighth.

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