Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-20


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I.; N. Y., June 19. — F. Skiddy von Stade, of the-Saratoga Racing Association, is cleaning his rose-colored glasses and pinching himself to make sure that the prospects for the upstate meeting are factual. He recently returned from a visit to the Union Avenue course arid reported that a welcome rain had visited the area resulting in improved footing and of immense benefit to the trees, shrubbery, grass and flowering plants scattered about the grounds. The list of applicants for stable room for the August meeting is a whos who of the turf and from the West some newcomers are expected. Two-year-old racing is one of the big attractions of the meeting and some topnotch colts and fillies were unveiled during past meetings. This points to a ,good year for two-year-olds for the juveniles which generally make their debut at Belmont were on the sidelines, victims of bucked shins or the cough. These youngsters, the majority are back in training, no doubt will be ready for the big month -of August. The older horses are by no means neglected and have ample opportunities in overnight events and time-honored stakes and handicaps. The boysand girls of the clubhouse set annually make the pilgrimage to imbibe the health-giving waters of the famed spa pleasure spot, but thats as far as they get, thinking. If the advance listings are to be taken as a guide, some top-notch racing wil be on tap at the old course, for Saratoga Springs has a special appeal to racing folk. Next Move will represent A. G. "Van-derbilt in the Arlington Matron Handicap and the miss will be shipped west in ample time to fulfill her engagement which is down for decision on July 14. Owner Vanderbilt, trainer Bill Winfrey and jockey Eric Guerin will make the trek west for- the race. ... Jockey Warren Mehrtens will go to Delaware Park .to ride Walter M. Jef fords Kiss Me. Kate in the New Castle Handicap which is on the agenda for Saturday, June 30. ... Buddy Hyland, son of the late George, moved into the post as assistant clerk of the scales to Joe Kyle today. The officials are rotated so that each of the younger ones become familiar with all departments. . . . H. Crouch shipped Solid Trick and Sad Zac to Delaware Park for engagements at that track. . . . Starting Friday with the opening of Aqueduct, the employees of the admittance department will break out the summer uniforms. White jackets and Continued on Page Thirty-Nine Connors Corner Continued from Page Five white caps will be de riguer until the weather changes. i The Preakness winner Bold was galloped this morning, his first since an attack of bucked shins. The Brookmeade Stable three-year-old is liberally engaged in stake offerings throughout the Eastern Seaboard j . . . Tommy Burns, an attache of the "tote" department, has sent to the National Racing Museum a contract that his father signed with William C. Whitney in 1901 and several pictures of that circa,,. Ri-cardo Villareal, who won several races in the New England Sector, joined the local colony and swung into action with a rush . . .Charles V. Reynolds was named as second string trainer to the M. F. Drinkhouse stable. Reynolds will take a draft of horses to the New England sector for racing. . . Wally Jacobs, who owns the two-year-old Milton Berle, is torn between two ideas. The colt lost a couple of races by a nose margin and now he is toying with the idea of changing the name to Danny Thomas or Jimmy Durante, just in case . John B. Campbell has on his desk, applications for stable room from a, half dozen horsemen racing at Delaware Park . . George W. Carroll filed a complaint with the stewards that parties known to him stole his dog from the stable at Jamaica. Carroll described the dog as a good one. Jockey Eddie Arcaro has been engaged to ride Joe Eitingers Jet Master in the Treinont, opening day feature at Aqueduct. . .Stake blanks for the Narragansett Park meeting are available at the j local secretarys office. . .Trainer Bert Mulholland is seriously thinking of starting George D. Wideners Battlefield in the Shevlin Stakes at Aqueduct, which is over the mile and one-sixteenth distance . . .Funeral services for Mrs. James Fitz-simmons were held at St. Marks Church, Ocean Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, this morning, followed by interment- in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn . .Trainer Max Hirsch, of the King Ranch, reported that the younger brother to Assault, Mazinga, is not doing as nicely as he had hoped. His debut is uncertain ... Johnny Coak-ley, the old lawnster, is a regular these afternoons, commuting from nearby Rockaway Beach. Joe Stevens came over from Monmouth Park for a looksee and find out for himself that the crowds are up . . John Gaver will ship the Greentree Stables Northern Star to Monmouth Park for the Select Stakes. He also reported that Big Stretch will next be seen in an overnight condition race, providing that one can be found on any of the eastern ,fronts . .Trainer Syl Veitch is eyeing the Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct with C. V. Whitneys Counterpoint as his big gun. . .1. J. Collins received a check from the insurance man, Cy Kearns, in the sum of 00,000 for the horse Vulcans Forge, who died in California during the spring. . .Trainer Bob Odom has taken over the conditioning of the two-year-old Un-conquered, which R. Legoburu, the Venezuelan, purchased out of the Glen Riddle dispersal. . .Frank Daugherty yesterday reported that he had purchased the contract on the apprentice Charles Campbell from E. Dale Shaffer. The boy was injured in a fall at Detroit last summer, which idled him for many months. He is slated to resume riding within a day or two. . .The selections for the afternoon are as follows: The selections are: BRER FOX in the fifth; HOW in the Sixth, and VERTIGO II. in the eighth.

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