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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck1 Connors BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y.A June 9. — Jockey Eddie SArcaro is on the verge of wrapping up his 3,000th trip to the winners circle. At this moment he is 11 short of that goal in a career that was launched at Agua Caliente on January 19, 1932, when he guided his first winner, Eagle Bird. From that day to this he has sat on many a thoroughbred and hung up a few marks for other generations to shoot at. The Cincinnatian to day ranks at the top of the heap in the estimation of the average racegoer and, despite Bronx cheers that greet his appearance in the winners circle or on the parade back after a race, he enjoys the respect of those who voice the loudest catcalls. How long will Arcaro remain active? Thats a question that he and he alone can answer. Twenty years in the saddle is a long time. With the passing of each year that spectre of age creeps up, and according to scientists who delve into coordination and reflexes, the answers are not as fast as they should be. However, Arcarp at the moment is doing right well and when it comes around during the Aqueduct meeting, he may scale that 3,000 mark. Arcaro is not partial to the Aqueduct course, for during that meeting he generally takes a vacation and does a little golfing and some fishing. But this year he is going to ride at Arlington Park. His objections to Aqueduct are, the sharp turns, the far and stretch one, which horsemen and jockeys agree is something more than a mental hazard. AAA The peak in the number of winners accumulated by a jockey belongs to the Englishman Gordon Richards who has set his goal at 5,000. He is on the way to that mark at present. English and European riding does not exact the toll that is taken from their contemporaries on this side of the Atlantic. In the first place, riding mannerisms are different. There is no death defying early pace, it is more leisurely, and the run through the stretch is the big thing over there. Longden, out at Hollywood, has passed the 4,000 mark;- quite a record in mounts won. These are nice figures to contemplate, but wh6n it comes down to a question of monies won Arcaro stands head and shoulders over the others. His total in that respect exceeds 2,000,000 and thats quite a chunk even when discussed by the spending gentry down in Washington, C. Arcaro Nears His 3,000th Winner i Purse Earnings Exceed 2,000,000 Primate to Rest at Hancock Farm Many Shipments to Arlington Park Frank Hague, from Jersey City, was on hand for the first time during the meeting to witness the running of the Belmont. . . i Leslie J. Kiefer, the Marylander, came up from his farm to compare the Belmont and the Preakness running. . .Alec Brewer, Jr., the painter, left for Delaware Park and later will be on hand for the opening of Monmouth. . .Jerry Brady, general manager of Tropical Park, returned from Miami with glowing reports over the improvements made at that course,. .Eddie Kilroe survived the clambake and then came over to prove that everything was all right at Aqueduct. . .Ginny Sims, the songstress of the air .waves, was among the clubhouse visitors. . .Seth Morton came down from Saratoga Springs and brought one. ray of hope for the hungry man. Looks like Rileys will be open this summer. . .Henry H. Knight, the modern David Harum of the thoroughbred world, was a recent arrival ...Preston Burch has turned author and his opus is muscular ailments of the horse. It will be presented in serial form before going to the binders. . .Trainer Jim Hastie reported that Primate, owned by the Star-mount Stable, is resting easily following his broken sesamoid suffered in the Jersey Stakes. The colt will later in the year be shipped to A. B. Hancocks Paris, Ky., farm to be turned out for the year. AAA Leo Mayers, the* old saddlery man and racing color designer, hung up his tack and announced his retirement from business. The firm was in operation for more than a half century. . .At private terms, the Hasty House Farm of Allie Reuben, of Toledo, Ohio, purchased the two-year-old Tahitian from George D. Widener. The new acquisition will be shipped to Arlington Park today. ..Jockey Bobby Permane checked in from New Jersey and plans to remain for several days Jockey Benny Green, who rode several races at Delaware Park, returned to that point... Mrs. Edward S. Moore decided to move over to Delaware Park where her horses are in training in charge of George M. Odom. . .A. J. Sackett, the Richmond, Va., patron, who has a draft of horses with Max Hirsch, came up for a few days racing. AAA Charles McAdam, for whom the three-year-old was named registered disappoint- ►ment all Saturday afternoon. He was convinced that his namesake, Who races for John C. Clark, had he been physically fit, would have won the Belmont; . . .Mr. and Mrs. Evan Ellison came on from their Massachusetts home for the week-end. She was the former Mrs. W. S. Kilmer. . .W. T. Bishop, general manager at Keeneland, left for Delaware Park. The visit to Belmont Park was his first one and he was duly- impressed Henry A. Hurst, the big linen man from Philadephia, deserted the looms and sales force for the afternoon . . . Jock Barschack, general manager of the Bill Helis, Jr., racing establishment, guided John Lee and Dr. John A. Lee, the latter a recent returnee from Korea, about the plant with pardonable pride. . .The H. P. Headley horses in charge of trainer Frank Barnetfc will be shipped to Chicago tomorrow... Danny Arnstein, who races under the nom de course of the Starle Stable, was on hand and reported that 11 of the 12 yearlings that he acquired last year were returned winners. In the winning column are three stake events. . .Trotting horse man Bill Cane came out for a look-see at the Belmont which he describes as a distant relative to his beloved Hambletonian. AAA Jimmie Donn, the Scot from over Dan-ark way, thats north of Scotland, showed up from Miami full of enthusiasm over the Florida Derby at Gulf stream Park... Horace Wade, the tub thumper at Monmouth Park wired in that he will be here on Tuesday to help along the United Hunts meeting. . .Trainer Dolly Byers stated that he will ship Tea-Maker, owned by F. Ambrose Clark, to Monmouth Park for the dceanport Handicap. Dave Gorman will do the horsebacking. . .Ev Clay, Minister of propaganda for Hialeah, could net resist the temptation to crack that the horses which finished one-two-three in the Belmont were not wintered in California... John W. Hanes of New York City, who recently in partnership with Leslie Combs, acquired some of the broodmares from William Goetz of Los Angeles was on hand for the day. . .Tom Carr Piatt, the younger, left for Lexington, Ky., and promised to be back for a few days at Saratoga Springs. In the meantime he will be kept busy during the Lexington yearling vendues... A division of the Fred W. Hooper Stable will be shipped to Arlington Park. . .The news thai; the injury to One Count, owned by Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, was not as serious as first reported, was welcomed by the paddock gang. One Count and Blue Man are eligibles, for jthe Dwyer.