Lincoln Fields Notebook, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-26


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1 . Lincoln Fields Notebook By J. J. MURPHY HAWTHORNE, Cicero, 111., May 24. Despite weather conditions- such as have riot been seen in this vicinity in "many a spring," the Lincoln Fields session at Hawthorne continues to prosper. Last figures available showed it to be up over 10 per cent from the 1951 session, which, of course, was staged at Washington Park. Now the switch in racing locales might have made some difference. Hawthorne is not such a pretentious or ornate plant as Washington Park, but it seems that it is better situated to cater to the rank and file horse fans than is the South Side course. In other words, it is about like Jamaica and Belmont Park in the New York area. Jamaica, lacking any semblance of beauty, annually outdraws Belmont, which, of course, is one of Americas most famous racing spots. But practically the same caliber of thoroughbreds race on both New York courses, whereas, Lincoln Fields, operating on a modest stake scale, misses some name horses that will naturally appear at Washington Park during the summer session there, but would not be available at the time the Lincoln Fields meeting was run whether it be held at Washington Park or Hawthorne. To sum up, we feel the Hawthorne location is more suitable than Washington Park for race programs such as are put on by the Lincoln Fields management, and are of the opinion that despite the adverse weather conditions the Lincoln Fields meeting will show a substantial increase over that of last year. Trainer Roy Waldron saddled the very first winner of his career over the Hawthorne track when he sent Orcas post-ward to score on Friday Trainer N. R. "Yorkie" McLeod, starting horses for the first time ever on a Chicago track, garnered second monies with Bamboozler and Duchess-Ev. . .We have seldom seen a horse back up so fast as did Fashioned in a recent race Paper Clip, owned by Jimmy Emery, recently broke a bone in her ankle and was destroyed . . John W. Kane departed for his home in Delaware after spending several days here. Frank Peacock has shipped Sana Pana and Fighting Tiger to the Spring Grove Farm, on Chicagos Outskirts, to be turned out. . .Trainer Harry Golden has sent Moola, owned, by Mrs. L. W. Smith, to the same place. S. A. Alexander has turned over Cuddle-some, Travelingray and High Hope to Dave Sazer to be shipped to Fairmount Park According to his agent, Judd Ault, jockey John Heckmann has been engaged by Ed Luther to ride Amber Miss in the Ascot GoldCup at Ascot Park, Ohio, in late July . . ."Automatic" Red Watkins is serving as an official at Omaha. He recently requested that Louis Meen go to the May-wood trotting track some evening to say "hello" to a mutual friend. Maywood is about a dozen miles from Hawthorne, while Louis lives out near. Kankakee, some 70 miles the other way. "Heck, I would beup all night trying to find the guy just to say whats doing; if Red wants to see him, let Continued on Page Thirty-One 1 j i . j ; : : ; , ; , Lincoln Fields Notebook By J. J. MURPHY Continued from Page Three him come over from Omaha. It is probably just about as close," Meen declared. . .Jack M. Grace, who is known as thecan opener king" because he manufactures about 100 different kinds of the gadgets, is visiting from his home in New York. Apprentice Jack Arterburn, who rode his first winner on a Chicago track Thursday, is under contract to Benny Creech, developer of many good jockeys. Creech, whose proper given name is Ben-net, has had such riders as Joe Inzelone, the late Bobby Jones, and others under his wing. We believed that Harry Richards rode for Ben at one time, but Vasco Parke tells us "No." Arterburn comes from French Lick, Ind., and is 18. He had been riding in Phoenix before coming to Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs. He is a lively looking youngster who has a -chance to make good. A large draft of horses, the property of Willard T. Beezley, will leave for River Downs, Ohio, Monday. In the lot will be Genial Jack, Newsbreak, Benny F., Marble Ann, The Blue Hen, Royal Star, Braganca and Merry Tudor. Beezley was one of the leading trainers at the Cincinnati course last season. . .Peter J. McMullen is in from Detroit for a visit. . ."Peaches" Morton, well known jockey and stable agent, is contemplating a vacation trip to California. He will depart in a couple of weeks.. .Ivan Thomas, the Arlington and Washington racing secretary, has departed for the East and will visit at Garden State and Belmont. He is expected to return in about a week... Duke Penter was at the course Saturday morning giving out stall application and stake blanks for the coming Arlington-Washington meetings.. .The schooling of horses from the starting gate will get under way at Arlington Monday. Hours are 6 to 8:30 a. m. and starter Roy Dickerson will be in charge.

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