Sportsmans Notebook, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-14


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, . . Sportsmans Notebook —I By J. J. MURPHY SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 12. — William S. Miller, most recent appointee to the Illinois Racing Board, paid , . his his first first visit visit to to a a track track his his first first visit visit to to a a track track under the jurisdiction of that body when he attended the races at Sportsmans Park Fri- day. The new commissioner was the guest of president William H. Johnston at luncheon and was introduced to press members by Joseph P. Broderick, secretary of the Board. . ... . . Mrs. Mrs. Jack Jack R. R. John- . ... . . Mrs. Mrs. Jack Jack R. R. John- Johnston, wife of the vice-president of the National Jockey Club, was a recent arrival. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston will leave for their Tulsa, Okla., home next Thursday. . . . Robert P. McAuliffe, the Sportsmans Park racing secretary, will serve as steward for the first five days of the Lincoln Fields meeting and then proceed to Fairmount Park where he will be steward representing the State of Illinois at that meeting. . . . Senator and Mrs. Frank Ryan attended the races and had luncheon in the directors room last week-end. Jockey Johnny Mack Brooks, who has been riding in good form here, will soon leave for Omaha where he will do the saddle work for Cline Cattle Co., whose horses will race at Ak-Sar-Ben in charge of trainer L. B. Kindle. . . . Like a good field general, Nebraska owner Marion VanBerg believes in waging war on many fronts. He will have divisions of his stable bearing his silks at Omaha and Detroit as well as the Lincoln Fields-at-Washington Park meeting. . . . The Ak-Sar-Ben meeting, a non-profit venture, has been popular with horsemen for many years. Although George Bran-deis, Thomas Byrne and many of the former sponsors of the meeting have passed on other prominent citizens of the Nebraska city have come forth to replace them. J. J. "Jake" Isaacson is still the capable director of operations and veteran Dick Leigh heads the official family. Lyo Lee, of old Arizona, is planning on shipping a number of horses to Fairmount Park. Among those making the trip will be Phantom Sea, Reticule and Encanta-dora. The latter may do better on a mile track than at Sportsmans Park, where she had difficulty making the turns. . Learn that Eddie De Prang, who rode on Chicago tracks about 15 years ago, is now a farmer in Texas. Eddie is credited with discovering jockey Doyle Lamb, who is our nomination for the best supporting role of the Sportsmans Park season. Doyle, a Coleman, Texas, youngster, recently substituted for Red Keene on two horses and won with both of them . Trainer Jack Taylor, who put over Viscount Gino at a long price recently, is a specialist in such doings. Has saddled many a longshot during his turf career and has raced horses on almost every track in the land. Can-Jones, trained by Taylor, won one of the last Caliente Handicaps to be run . . Ben Fogelson announced he would send Oatburner and Chicks Delight to Fairmount. The remainder of the Fogelson string will race at the Lincoln Fields meeting. Three of the five Illinois-breds to win during the first 16 days here were produced on the farm of J. D. Mikel of Carlock, 111. Illinois breeders draw down 10 per cent of first money for winning products. . Trainer Yic Sovenski comes back from Florida with the following fish story. Says he hooked a 211-pound sand shark off Miami and did not land it until after it towed the boat about 25 miles to Fort Lauderdale, shot it five times and finally lassooed it. Did not explain what he was doing with a lariat on a fishing trip. However, he stated that he was so exhausted from his experience he was forced to rest up for several days, causing his belated arrival here. Gilbert Emick, Kansas City druggist, who has been visiting in company with Mrs. Emick, departed for home Friday. They have several horses here in charge of C. W. "Red" Tague of Harlan, Iowa Trainer L. S. Bolewski got in from New York with three head, the property of the H. N. S. Stable. The horses were bedded down at Lincoln Fields . Jockey Harold Keene has decided to accept mounts on Mondays closing program, but his task of overcoming Tony Skoronskis lead looks almost impossible. Through Fridays racing Skoronski had 26 saddle successes to 22 for Keene and should the Cicero lad take down top honors it will mark the first meeting at this track in several years in which Keene Continued on Page Thirty-Six * h y 5 * £ Sportsmans Notebook Continued from Page Three has not been at the head of the riders list. . Apprentice Albert Widman, who has shown steady improvement here, has been called to his Tampa, Fla., home, due to illness in his family. The youngster will return for the Lincoln Fields meeting. Monday is the last day to battle them at the half-miler. Might try these for size: OATBURNER in the third; WHIRL OFF in the fifth, and CASTILE in the sixth.

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