Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-05


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 4. — Those old sayings, like "History always repeats itself" and "Lightning never strikes twice in the same place" are all right until they drift into a race track. The thoroughbred proving grounds can make or refute any old saw that H_ was ever coined and the running of the Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday is just another concrete example. How, from the Deil Stable, proved victorious on Saturday and in a racing way strengthened the claim of her numerous supporters headed by John B. Campbell that she was a top two-year-old last year, and the one they voted, most likely to succeed. Preston Burch was discussing the result of the big filly feature this morning and brought to light an interesting comparison between this years successor and Creole Maid which he trained for Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords to score in 1938. How, you will recall, lost a shoe in the Acorn in which she finished unplaced on a wet track, and then over a fast track came on to win the Oaks. Well-Creole Maid did that very same thing 13 years ago. She was unplaced in the Acorn finishing back of Handcuff, Invoke and Catalysis. The Jeffords colorbearer "blew" her shoe during the early stage of the running and when returned to the barn, the services of the veterinarians were needed to patch up the injury. Jockey Harry Richards, who rode her, said that she was in a forward position when the mishap occurred. Later Creole Maid won her Oaks engagement and finished with all four plates on her feet. She whipped Handcuff and Gulf Breeze in clever fashion to earn 0,425 and sped the distance in 2:20% over a bad track. How in winning: the Oaks gave Eddie Arcaro his first success in the filly stake and gaye her supporters no undue worry. Owner Herman Delman was so confident of his filly emerging triumphant that he defied all the jinxes that could be invoked. He sent a case of champagne to the boys in the press coop to start the proceedings, and supplemented the corkage later. Bill Corum, who is known as Mr. Derby, remarked after the running of the race that Delman must have given his factory a good going over to locate a pair of sensible shoes for the miss and none of those frippery things that he offers to the ladies. The change in footgear was fortunate for the miss at no stage of the running tripped on her high heels, but finished with all four of them. The girls of the clubhouse set have no future worries for owner Del-man will confine those sensible shoes to the four-legged fillies in his menage. Royce Martin, master of Woodvale Farm, came on from his Akron, Ohio, home for a few days and later will go to Washington, D. C, on business matters Barney Ba- ruch was among the early Saturday arrivals and studied the program for sons or daughters of his all-time favorite, Happy Argo Trainer Sol Rutchick galloped J. J. Amiels Count Turf over the Jamaica oval before shipping the colt to Belmont Park for his engagements during the balance of the meeting Joe Donoghue planed back from London, England, and reported that William Woodwards Turco was blocked at the first turn of the Derby and eased back and then finished well on the extreme outside Spencer Drayton . was a visitor over the week-end and stated that he will be kept busy for the next few days on TRA businesss.. . .Alfred G. Van-derbilt looked back on the result of the Coaching Club Oaks and then hoped for another like Next Move in the future Harry F. Guggenheim was an early visitor and hoped for the best in the Peter Pan which is to be decided this week-end following the withdrawal of Rub-Adub-Dub from the second race on Saturday, there were several squawks registered for a consolation Daily Double in these parts. The complaints came from the holders of winning tickets - on the combination of Betsy Marie in the opener and the absentee The Palatine Stables Quiz Song will be returned to New Jersey according to stable plans. Evan Shipman, columnist and exponent of matters pertaining to the "jug-heads" is showing rapid progress in his recovery from a recent sudgery. . .Ogden Phipps was among the early visitors. . . . Herbert Bayard Swope, former chairman of the N. Y. State Racing Commission, was among the week-end visitors.. . .R. J. Kleberg reported that the Derby and Belmont winner, Middleground, served Continued on Page Thirty-Six Connors Corner Continued from Page Five 10 mares in Kentucky this spring. . . .He has not given up on Assault whom he declares was retarded by the exceptionally dry spring down in Texas.... J. D. Norris and Joe Roberts came on from Chicago. Then plan to remain for several days or until the next prize fight. — Miss Marian Miller, former secretary to Brownie Leach of the Churchil Downs publicity department, was among the days visitors. She answered many a foolish question from the visiting firemen during her tenure of office, which probably brought about her resignation. Mrs. Anne Clare, track superintendent at Saratoga Springs, accompanied by her nephew Mike Murphy, a student at Villa-nova, came on from Delaware Park. They are en route to the upstate resort to prepare for the summer meeting Lawrence Lewis, who has several horses here in charge of trainer Jack Skirvin, checked in from his Richmond, Va., home or a few days racing A couple of. new apprentices made their New York debuts during the afternoon. L. Barillo, who won his first at Pimlico for the Brookmeade Stable, and A. Eager.. . .The paddock set lost a regular last week when Carl Below mar-ried Miss M. Wallace of Jamaica. The cou- pie returned today from their honeymoon spent; in Bermuda. This led that perennial bachelor "Slim" Sulley to remark that beating the races is tough enough but hooking the two is a bad parlay..*. .Charles "Chuck" Parke came on from Detroit, and was granted a jockeys license. He will ride for his brother Monte, who has the Maine Chance Farm horses. Parke was an absentee from the saddle for several years due to increased weight Trainer Jim Ryan shipped County Delight and four* others to Delaware Park for that meeting. . . .Miss Marjorie Lindheimer checked out for Delaware Park on missionary work for the Arlington and Washington Park meetings We dont know who was the most disappointed after the Oaks, owner Walter M. Jeffords or breeder John Hertz when Kiss Me Kate finished second to How. The selections for tomorrow are: MLLE ELL in the first; OTHELLO in the sec-ond and MEI, WASH In tH» f—tv.

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