Connors Corner: Dolly Byers Holds Chase Mark Won Manly Memorial Seven Times Master Fiddle Eyes Peter Pan, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-26


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CONNORS C O R N E R By Chuck Connors BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y.,a May 24. Johnny Adams, the gnome-like veteran, he is getting on, admits to 37, from out in the wheat country, I o 1 a , Kan., has the boys in the research department searching the pages of the American Racing Manual. Plying his vocation at Lincoln at Hawthorne Fields - - out in Chicago, the veteran is hotter than the proverbial Fourth of July fire cracker and is setting a dizzy pace for the pigskin artists of the nation. Your correspondent, in" going through the Manual the other day seeking a comparison streak, came up with something new in the line of riding records, and where do you think we found the lad who has more victories in one stake to his credit than McLaughlin in the Belmont and Arcaro in the Derby? No other place than in. the steeplechase field. Just turn to the history of the Manly Memorial and start in the year 1919 and you will find the name of "Dolly" Byers, astride the winner Duetistte, owned by the late Joe E. Widener. Byers accounted for the stake the following year astride the same horse. Then comes a gap of four years and his name then crops up "for five victories in succession pn Lizard, Fairmount, Lizard, and Arc Light twice. A record of winning the same stake seven times is a record that bears repeating. McLaughlin has six Belmonts to his credit and Arcaro has five Kentucky Derbys to tell about. AAA Well, they say records are made to be broken, but some of the steeplechase set are mighty positive that Byers record in the Manly will stand the test of time. In his heydey through the field he was pronounced one of the best to wear silks and competed against such stalwarts as "Specs" Crawford, Norman Kennedy, Bill Keating, Vince Powers and others of that type. Byers never rode on the flat but confined his efforts to the steeplechase field from the time he became associated with Howard Lewis, who had the Widener horses under his care. AAA Following the running of the Coaching ; Club American Oaks, trainer Ben Jones i stated that he would ship Real Delight, Bubbley and the others he has here to Arlington Park. . .Jockey Nick Combest ; made his first appearance since his mishaps in the running of the Juvenile while ! ; i ; ! Dolly1 Byers Holds Chase Mark Won Manly Memorial Seven times Master Fiddle Eyes Peter Pan Sheilas Reward Doing Nicely astride Comout, owned by C. B. Bohn. The colt broke his leg and in the melee, Corn-best suffered severe face lacerations, including the loss of some teeth. He reported that he will be out of commission for another couple of weeks. . .Gerald Porch is due back from Garden State, where he rode over the week-end. . .Mr. and Mrs. H. Stark deserted the Connecticut countryside for. a look-see at the afternoons program, . .Miss Dorothy Cole, secretary to Sam H. McCormick, secretary-treasurer- of the Hialeah race course, is here on a brief vacation. She reported that she will plane back to Miami on Monday. . .Trainer Sol Rutchick reported that Master Fiddle, owned by the Myhelyn Stable, will be a starter in the Peter Pan and then the Belmont Stakes. He will be- ridden by Dave Gorman. . .Allie and Billie Reuben came on from Toledo for the afternoon and then later left for Chicago, where his racing menage, the Hasty House Farm is being raced. AAA Jacobs following a relapse from the illness that laid him low during the early spring was on hand yesterday. The visit was his first of the meeting... Trainer George M. Odom reported that Jet Master, owned by the Marlboro Stud of Joe Eiting-er, will be shipped to Delaware Park for his engagement in the Wilmington Handicap. The shipment depends upon how the colt comes but of his trial on Sunday morning . . .Tommy Tault is on the ailing list and is a patient at St. Vincents Hospital, New York City...N. K. Whitman, the Richmond, Va., racing patron, came up from the Old Line State for a look-see. He was on the ailing list for several weeks with virus pneumonia. . .Stephen "Laddie" San-jord deserted the polo fields for the after- noon and came out for some racing" and a look-see at the horses that Hollie Hughes has in training for him. . .Mrs. C. O. Iselin acquired twelve yearlings last summer at the vendues. She has yet to see one of them in competition. Coughing and bucked shins waylayed the youngsters which are just rounding to. Belmont Park officials can take heart. Word was relayed from far off Hollywood that John McNulty, the biographer of Third Avenue doings, is en-route east with some fresh green stuff that is used for such trivial things as buying programs and tote tickets. . .Trainer Morris Dixon was all elated over the success of Polly Vixen the other day and quickly pointed out that she and the runner-up are by the fast Polynesian.. Edward Lasker, the transcontinental, tourist, planed in for a look-see at the Oaks and a few other races. . . Edward Fitzgerald, the Troy, N. Y., brewery man, came down from upstate for a few days racing. A refresher course for the Saratoga season. AAA Louis Lazare reported that his good sprinter Sheilas Reward is doing nicely at Jamaica and will be a starter in the Carter at Aqueduct and will then point for the Brooklyn Handicap . . .Trainer J. D. "Dolly" Byers will ship Tea-Maker, owned by F. Ambrose Clark, to Delaware Park for the Wilmington Handicap and the two-year-old Centime, owned by William Goadby Lowe for the Christiana. Following these engagements they will be returned here . . . Doctor and Mrs. Kaye were clubhouse visitors today. The visit was their first in several weeks, due to the press of business. . . Jockey Eddie Arcaro accepted the mount .on Tahitian King, owned by Ben F. Whit-aker, in the,. National Stallion.

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