Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-11


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 9. — Effective on Monday a new departure in the handling of horses on the also eligible list, for races here will be put into effect. Heretofore the hordes on the also eligible list, in case of scratches, moved up automatically, but that S practice is now taboo. Immediately following a posting of scratches from the days program, steward Francis | P. Dunne, of the New York State Racing Commission, will draw for starting positions from the also eligibles. This list on New York tracks is limited to six and sufficient replacements will be drawn to fill out any vacancies. The new eligibles will take post positions outside of the regular nominees in order of drawing. The innovation is new in this area, but was used in California last winter. According to reports from that point it was well received by horsemen. In announcing the adoption of the formula, the local officials were quick to point out that innovations which proved successful in other areas would be placed in force in New York. The starting gates, photo finish, film patrol and others of that type were adopted here following their debut at other tracks. The also eligible list is as old as American racing and there is no doubt that in the distant past the practice of moving: up automatically was abused. The practice was quite simple for an owner or trainer who had a horse on the list, and which he considered capable of winning the race, could if he so wished, approach one with an eligible and arrive at some type of a deal. Should the transaction be completed there never was any trace of collusion and nothing mat ine stewards of the meeting could pronounce as sharp practice. Well like exerything else on a race track when situations such as that came up there was always some one to question the legality of the act and rumors flew thick and fast. As far as New York and California are now concerned these baseless rumors of the past can be deducted from the many others that are in circulation each day, the majority of which are the offshoots of loose talk picked up on the "earie" from the paddock grapevine. C. V. Whitney and Ivor Balding were interested spectators during morning training hours as they witnessed Mameluke go through a mile and one-half test for his Belmont engagement next Saturday. . . . C. T. Chenerys Hill Prince was given his first breeze this morninga slow three furlongs. That was the first since his Santa Anita mishap. . . . John Hay "Jock" Whitney was a morning visitor and promised to be on hand more frequently in the future for training trials. . . . Jockey Basil James and Ovie Scurlock are due back to accept mounts on Monday following out-of-town engagements. . . . Bill Dolan, for several years a valued member of track superintendent Neil Boyles staff, was a visitor yesterday. He is in the 11th Airborne Corps and flew up from Fort Campbell out in Kentucky. . . . Ivan Parke may alter his plans and remain here for the rest of the summer with the Fred W. Hooper horses instead of shipping to Arlington Park. . . . This mornings work tab was one of the heaviest of the year. Clockers timed 143 horses over the main track and a healthy, number over the training track. . . . Walter T Salmnn wnc nmnno- t.V»p f»»rlv arrivals . . . Haryy F. Guggenheim was a visitor during the morning hours. . . . Robert J. Kleberg planed back from his Pennsylvania farm, which, is near Coatesville, for a look-see at the Peter Pan. . . . Mr. and Mrs. John Hertz made the trek to the track afan early hour. They scanned the program for offspring of Count Fleet and decided that Counterpoint was their choice of the day. . . . The Belmont Ball on Friday evening at the Turf and Field Club is nearing the sellout stage. Racing men will strut the light fantastic until the wee hours for the benefit of the corn doctors and the cancer fund drive. Baruenguen, Solid Gain, Wagram and Jultis, owned by Louis Lee Haggin, arrived at Jamaica from Kentucky for campaigning in this area. . . . Toll, who races for Colin "Sandy" MacLeod, came up from Virginia and was turned over to George M. Odom to train. . . . Cindoo was a recent arrival from Kentucky and is in the care of Clarence Buxton. . . . Painters are busy at Jamaica painting the steel framework of the grandstand. . . . Versifier arrived from the farm, consigned by MacLeod, and Schneider, and o Continued on Page Thirty-Seven Connors Corner Continued from Page Five joined the -G. M. Odom menage. . . . Jockey Eddie Arcaro will ride Jet Master, owned by Joe Eitinger in the National Stallion, colt division, on Wednesday. . . . Mrs. Wallace Gilroys three-year-old Timely Reward had a light blister put on his hock and the colt will be ready for the Aqueduct season. . . . The programs for the Aqueduct meeting will carry jockey and trainer standings during the meeting. Sam H. McCormick is slated to arrive here from Miami next week to confer with John C. Clark of Hialeah relative to winter plans. He plans to remain over for the Belmont Stakes. ... An indicator board, showing the types of shoes worn by each starter in a race, is in place at Aqueduct. This one carries a legend describing the various types used. . . . Harry Stevens n., of the catering clan, returned from Miami. He reported that the remainder of the steel for the Gulfstream Park clubhouse is in place and that the pouring of the concrete for the building will be started on Monday. The building will be ready late in September Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Daly, of Buffalo, N. Y., were among the visitors. They are en route to Washington, D. C, to witness the graduation of their son from Georgetown University. . . . Maj. Louis A. .Beard came on from Lexington, Ky., and will remain for the balance of this meeting. . . . Mickey Miles will be an absentee on Tuesday. The reason, his son Donald graduates from Manhattan College. The boy spent three years in the armed services during the war. . . . Trainer Preston Burch, of the Brookmeade Stable, reported that the apprentice L. Baranello would be here later to do some riding for the stable. The youngster accounted for several races at Delaware Park and hails from eastern Long Island. The selections are: CHEERMEUP in the fourth; BE MODEST in the sixth, and TEDLIN in the eighth. I

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