Connors Corner: Summer Busts Out at Belmont; Primate to Miss Big Stakes; Hanger Buys Argentine-Bred; Brennan on Missionary Tour, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-04


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck0 Connors BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 3.— Summer busted out all oyer this morning and this massive racing ground was a busy scene. A couple of Belmont] Stakes hopefuls went through their paces. One Count and Blue Man and a host of horses were on the main and training tracks, while a handful or so .were breezed down the Widener Course. Exercise boys and stable grooms, stripped down to shirt sleeves, went about their work in a cheerful mood and even some of the sour-visaged trainers attempted smiles to keep in-step with the weather. Belmont is in the final few days of its meeting, the closing day is Monday, and then will come two days under the jurisdiction of the United Hunts. This association offers a pretentious program, a vast change from the old days when they staged their "meetings across Hempstead Turnpike at the old Terminal. That piece of ground is now a parking lot and a real estate development. The boys who gathered in the paddock during the early hours beat their gums to a frazzle talking about the Belmont and bemoaning the tough luck of Jimmy Hastie, the Star-mount Stable and the colt Primate. The latter has all the qualifications of developing into a champion but that old vixen, Lady Luck, evidently went sour on the colt and turned her charms elsewhere. The x-ray pictures, which were taken following his return from Garden State to determine if any bones were broken in the ankle or foot, were developed this morning, and revealed a complete fracture of the sesamoid in the left front ankle. Trainer Hastie stated that it was at present a fifty-fifty chance that the colt could be saved. AAA While the paddock gang exercised their jaws discussing the Belmont, naturally the best horse to take down the prize, in the opinion of the younger generation, was Man o War. The poorest one? Well, the boys gave that some thought and. then awarded the accolade to Hurry Off. It will be recalled that this fellow started in a claimer a few days before the running under the J. E. Widener colors. The Phil-adelphiah wanted to see his colors in the Belmont and instructed Henry McDaniel i jj If 11- 1 J MMl*. «. Cn Ji A. v. ,v JA ~ , it. i i i * Summer Busts Out at Belmont Primate to Miss Big Stakes Hanger Buys Argentine-Bred Brennan on Missionary Tour to start him. Mack Garner was the jockey and the clubhouse commissioners posted long odds. Hurry Off surprised every one, including Garner, by winning, beating Nimbus and Union and six others. AAA Max Hu*sch reported that Ricatado, owned by the King Ranch, was returned to his Belmont quarters from Garden State Park... Trainer G. P. "Maje" Odom reported that he had shipped Countess Jane, owned, by Leroy Hetzel to Delaware Park for the Polly Drummond Stakes to be decided on Saturday. ..Jack Alberts, a Belmont regular, will desert the local racing scene for an extended European trip and a look-see at some English and French racing... Frank L. Leatherbury, who races under the nom de course of the Harbor-vale Stable reported thrt his horses are at Monmouth Park and he is undecided whether Dark Peter will fcc a starter there on the opening day. . .Allie and Billie Reuben, accompanied by trainer Harry*Trotsek flew in yesterday from Chicago to look at several horses and later planed Jack, The Reubens stopped off at Cleveland, while Trotsek went on- to Chicago. . .Trainer Jake Byers reported that his two-year-olds are on the shelf, victims of the, cough which apparently transferred its headquarters to Jamaica. AAA Bill Markey will be to attend the sale of horses in training owned by his. late father and then remain over for the Belmont Stakes... H. C. Fruehauf, the De-troiter, is at Towson, Md., awaiting the graduation exercises of his daughter. He plans to be at Belmont for the big one on the week-end. . .Trainer H. O. Simmons reported that Dixie Flyer, recently acquired by P. L. Grissom, arrived yesterday from Detroit. Grissom may come on from the Motor City to attend the sale of horses in training to be held in the paddock on June 5 and 6. . .Arnold Hanger has been ap absentee for the season but has by no means neglected his thoroughbred holdingfs. He recently acquired the Argentine-bred Ice Berg which was flown up from the land J O V J k i. .» a ti li d 1. X «ij ... . „ ►below the equator and turned over to Horatio Luro to train. AAA Duke Fanelli, Dover Doll, Air Service and The Wench, owned by M. F. Drinkhouse, were returned from Garden State Park. Trainer Simmons reported that in every race he entered one of these charges the event failed to fill . Frank Daugherty returned Whiskey Sour, Without Dear and Buffer from a local Long Island farm. The trio were sent there to recover from the cough. Alec Robb, secretary-treasurer of Belmont Park, will be an absentee on Monday. He will attend his daughters graduation at an upstate school Eddie Brennan came up from Monmouth Park on a missionary tour seeking horses, stakes or otherwise, for that meet . .Trainer Jimmie Ritchie returned Star Knightess, owned by the Starmount Stable, from the farm. . .Harry Gertner, the transplanted Miamian, showed up yesterday from the Florida metropolis. He will enter Mt. Sinai Hospital on Monday for his annual check-up. . .Knobbilly, owned by Ber-Mill Farm, when he next appears under colors, will be registered as a gelding. He underwent that alteration yesterday. AAA James E. Ryan, the voluble Celt from Dublin, Ireland, showed up from Delaware Park to work a few horses he has stabled up on the hill . . .The debut of the television show, depicting the running of the eight-race card to the presidents room, John B. Campbells secretarial force, jockeys room, and to the private confines of Alec Robbs office, proved a success, or so the viewers reported. The project is strictly a Belmont Park feature and will not be attempted at Aqueduct or Jamaica. . .Donald Tobin, the Brooklyn, N. Y. apprentice, will lose his "bug" on July 31. Tobin has ridden under the poundage allowance for the past five years, which means that to date he has not amassed the required 40 winners to escape from the kindergarten classification.

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