Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS , Chief of Chart Correspondents—— BELMONT PARK. Elmont, L. 1., N. Y., May 21. — The Withers, on Saturday, is the next big offering for three-year-olds. This event over the mile distance will attract a .fairly good field with Battlefield more than likely the top ranking one of the lot. It is doubtful if any of those that started in the Preakness will be seen under colors in this one mile stake. Trainer Burch announced that the Brookmeade Stables Bold would be re served for the Belmont Stakes. The Withers for many years was looked upon as ah index to the route ability of three-year-olds that had not started in either the Derby or Preakness. However, there are few remaining around that arouse interest on the part of horsemen or spectators so no outstanding upset is anticipated. Tomorrows overnight feature at Garden State has attracted several Withers hopefuls which may be another factor in determining the size of the starting field in the Withers and in turn play part in fashioning the Belmont field. i Orissa, the 26 -year -old broodmare owned by Mrs. John L. Rutherford which was at Cy Whites Lexington, Ky., farm, died recently according: to G. P. -Maje" Odom. The mare foaled a colt this year by the imported stallion Coastal Traffic, owned by Laudy Lawrence. She was the dam of the good route horse Donor. Coastal Traffic will also be represented by a filly in a few years time, a daughter of the 24-year-old Snooze . . A peculiar accident which brought about the death of two thoroughbreds was reported from Harry Scotts Kentucky farm. The mare LEspiegle, who was acquired by the Brookmeade Stable, and a colt foal were the victims. The mare had just foaled the colt by First Fiddle, suffered a hemorrhage and fell over dead. She fell atop the colt and broke his leg. The mare was of good parentage and was Well regarded. Louis Prima, the band master, has taken over the contract on the apprentice Sal Salvaggio who was with Tommy Heard. The boy reported to trainer Reynolds and will ride at this meeting. Preston Burch returned from Pimlico and reported that the Preakness winner Bold, from the Brookmeade Stable, would be here on Tuesday. . . . Trainer George M. Odom, in discussing Mrs. Wallace Gilroys Timely Reward, remarked that the colt did not finish the Preakness in the manner in which he closed in the Flamingo and Wood. He may be developing an ankle ailment concluded the veteran. . . . Mark Livington took a draft of the P. Markey -Harvey Freuhauf horses to Detroit to race at that meeting. . . . Mrs. Dodge Sloane can take credit for the success of her Bold in the Preakness. She directed Eddie Arcaro by remote- control on what to do and when. The Cincinnatian, however, was not equipped with radar and the instructions went for naught. . . . Timely Reward, who finished fourth in the Preakness, was returned to his Belmont Park stall on Sunday. . . . Metal Mike, owned by F. E. Dixon, Jr., was returned from his successful foray to Garden State Park. . . . Mrs. George D. Wideners Knowitall was returned from Pimlico. . . . Clarence LeBus, vice-chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission, returned to Louisville after witnessing the Preakness. J. J. Colandos Uncle Miltie is due at Jamaica from the farm at Red Bank, N. J. Following the running of the Wood the colt was snipped to that point to freshen up when he apparently went stale. . . . Francis Southard, son of the well-known veterinarian, is undergoing indoctrination at Tampa for his commission in the armed forces. . . . Francis P. Dunne, the vociferous Celt, was bemoaning the publicity that attended the erection of the new roof at Hialeah. His complaint was that no one men- j tioned the fact that his Great Neck home was reroofed. Dunne should have no squawks on that score for way back when he was a placing judge at Agua Caliente there was no roof on the placing judges stand. . . . Emil Flutie is now on the records as a full-fledged rider. He graduated from the apprentice ranks ! when he rode Frost Bitten in the final race here on Saturday ... Jockey A. Monteiro checked out for Detroit where he will ride during that meeting. Two flashbacks on the Derby and Preakness. The Derby favorite, Battle Morn, was installed on account of his jockey Eddie Arcaro, while in the Preakness, Big Stretch was installed the favorite on the strength Continued on Page Thirty-Five Connors Corner Continued from Page Five of some good private trials. What about the Belmont, will that run to the pattern? . . . Captain Joe Picket, who recently retired from the White House police detail, was a Belmont Park visitor during the past few days. Years ago in Virginia and Jacksonville, old Moncrief Park, he raced several horses, before he made his permanent home in Washington, D. C. . . . The invaders for the Preakness from the jockey ranks returned and accepted mounts during the afternoon. Eddie Arca-ro, Ray Adair, Ted Atkinson and George Hettinger lost no time in swinging into action. . . . Trainer Syl Veitch returned Counterpoint, owned by C. V. Whitney, to Belmont Park. His Belmont status is assured for that big stake on the strength of his Preakness showing. . . . Horses for courses is an old saying and the proof of the pudding lies here. Case Ace was a good performer over the Belmont strip as was his son Pavot. The male line has two stakes winners, Casemate and Cigar Maid and a worlds record holder the Pimpernel. ... J. P. "Doc" Jones came back from the Preakness to saddle his Ginoway in the days opener. . . Harry Stevens n„ of the catering clan, checked out for Buffalo, N. Y. He will attend the opening of the Batavia meeting which is slated for today. . . . Roy Estep, who rode the Preakness winner Layminister in 1910, is a mutuel clerk at Pimlico. . . . Walter J. Salmon returned from Baltimore where he witnessed the second jewel of the "triple crown." The selections are: TINA LAZAR in the fourth; BATTLEFIELD in the fifth, and TEDLIN in the seventh.

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