Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-16


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS ■ Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I, N. Y., June 15. — A glance through the list of the jockeys of yesterday and today who guided mounts to victory in the famed Belmont Stakes and who are still around to relate their experiences, brings to light some interesting data. Of the oldsters, George Odom, who is now training here, is the only one who can point to a riding and training double. He guided James R. Keenes Delhi across the finish line in the last running at Morris Park, and then came back to saddle Pasteurized, owned by Mrs. W, Plunket Stewart, in the 1938 running. Lucien Lyne is in France training horses. He rode H. P. Whitneys Burgomaster in 1906. Joe Notter, who was up on the unbeaten Colin, is a checker on the New York docks, and makes the trek to the racing grounds at least once or twice during the course of the year. Jimmie But-well, who rode Sweep in 1910 for James R. Keene, is a patrol judge at Suffolk Downs, while Roscoe Troxler, who rode Prince Eugene for H. P. Whitney, is training horses at Monmouth Park. Joe Byrne, who guided The Finn for H. C. Hallenback, is in California, while Everett Haynes, who was astride Friatr Rock for August Belmont in 1916, is in Oklahoma with a soft drink agency. Johnny Loftus, who was up on Sir Barton for J. K. L. Ross, is in his home town, Chicago, training. He recently saddled a Lincoln Fields stake winner for Mrs. Ethel Gallagher Bandy. Earl Sande and Charlie Miller have horses in training here. Wayne Wright, who rode Peace Chance for J. E. Widener, is assistant trainer to Bert Baroni in California. Of the latter day boys who scored in v the big: one, Eddie Arcaro, Jimmy Stout, F. A. Smith, Johnny Longden, Warren Mehrtens, Ted Atkinson and Bill Boland are still active in the saddle ranks, while Buperto Donoso is reported to have drifted back to his native Chile to train. G. L. Smith is still around, he was up on Bounding: Home for W. J. Ziegrler, as is Tommy Malley, who was on Faireno. Alfred Johnson, who racked up a consecu- Continued on Page Forty-Five Connors Corner Continued from Page Seven tive double astride American Flag and Crusader, is in California with several horses in his care. For tomorrows running, some of the boys who are here can greet each other, while those who listen to the running over the radio can dig back into their memories and come up with a few reminiscences that, they and they alone, retain. Tony" McAtee, who has about every other stake in the book to his credit, once remarked that the Bel-mon is run but once a year and that when dame fortune was handling out her largesse, well, she overlooked him in the shuffle. Harry Massey, master of Grandview Stable came on from his Pittsburgh, Pa. home .."Brownie" Leach slipped by thej guards at the front gate and later sneaked into .the press box singing the praises of the Derby for next year. . .Trainer Johnny Zoeller stated today that he would ship Pur Sang, owned by Reuben Kowall, to the latters Spring Brook Farm, which is not far from Detroit, and turn him out. The colt came up with a light bow the other morning, which forced his withdrawal from the Belmont. Owner Kowall, who was here for several days, returned to his Detroit home yesterday, and he and his trainer were depressed over the injury. Zoeller stated that he had waited 20 years for a Belmont starter and his dream faded away in a couple of minutes. . .Saul Silberman came on from Baltimore, and later will leave for Randall Park near Cleveland, Ohio. He will direct the operations of that track, and it was through his efforts last year that racing was presented to the citizens of that -area on a greatly improved scale. He stated that improvements will be made each year and that he believes, in the not-too-distant future, Cleveland wil be one of the major racing points in the country. Frank Hayes, the veteran handicapper who has been a New York regular for more than 60 years, is a patient at the Mineola Hospital. On Wednesday he paid a visit to the grave of Teddy Roosevelt, slipped and fell, but could not regain iiis feet. His cries were heard by a passing motorist who upon investigation summoned an ambulance and Hayes was removed to the Nassau County Hospital. There it was discovered that he suffered a broken hip. . .Jack Needles, of Pimlico, came up for a look-see at the Belmont and to compare it to his beloved Preak- ness and the Derby. . .Ev Clay, the Hia-leah tub thumper, planed in from Miami and the grapevine has it that he had His vocal cords tuned up to announce to all that the contenders were trained over the Hialeah Park strip during the winter months. Dave Woods, of Pimlico, is here. He is also interested in the outcome of the Belmont but is secretly readying the sound effects for the Pimlico Special come this fall. . .Trainer Bill Irvine came over from Waterford Park on a business mission and will return tomorrow. . .Harry Gertner, who adopted Miami as his permanent home over New York, is due today from the Florida center for a lengthy stay. . . Sam H. McCormick, secretary-treasurer of Hialeah, checked in from the Florida re- . sort. He will confer with John C. Clark of that association relative to the winter plans . . Bobby Dotter will ship the James Cox Brady horses to Monmouth Park over the week-end for racing at that point... A. G. Vanderbilt will go to Los Angeles to attend the meeting and witness the running of the Hollywood Gold Cup . Jerry . Brady, general manager at Tropical Park, returned from Detroit where he spent several days on business. Next week he will leave for Chicago for several ays in regards to the winter season at the Coral ; Gables course. . .Rennie Parish, assistant to Preston Burch of the Brookmeade Stable, returned from Saratoga Springs where he was called due to illness in his family. Jockey Dave Gorman will leave for Delaware Park over the week-end and ride during that meeting. . .The Brookmeade Stable will be represented at Mon-„ mouth Park by a draft of horses now campaigning at Delaware Park. . .Jockey Eddie Arcaro returned to saddle duties yesterday following a one-day lay off, i due to a minor cold. . .The Independent Mutuel Clerks Union held an election of officials last night and the following men k were named to posts: John Crawford, president; Harry Wolf son, firse vice- k president; W. R. Joyce, second vice-president; John Callahan, third vice-president; Vincent Quinn, secretary, and * Charles Hahn, treasurer. «. Trainer Jimmy Smith, of the W. J. Zieg-i ler menage, has a historical racing book, published some 80 years ago, which he will f* present to the National Racing Museum. . . H. P. Headleys Papoose and the Brae Burn Farms Star-Enfin, were returned from Delaware Park where they finished first I and second in the Polly Drumond. . Jockey f Eric Guerin packed his tack for the trek to Delaware to ride Sweet Talk for A G Vanderbilt in the Oaks. He is due back to, ride on Monday while the filly will be shipped back over the week-end . William Woodward, master of Belair Stud, has selected the three yearlings that he will ship to Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort for racing in England next year. . Sam Garfield, the New England industrialist, pens from his home that he will be at Saratoga Springs for part of the meeting. He also put in his reservation list for the N. Y turf writers dinner-dance, the first re-lceived...F. Skiddy von Stade returned from Saratoga Springs and reported that the grounds were in good condition. The upstate offices of the association will open later this, year, July 25, for business services. The selections for tomorrow afternoon got our personal supervision and they had better be good for what looks like a fast track. They are: DECLINE in the second; BRYAN G. in the fifth, and BATTLEFIELD in the sixth.

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