Connors Corner: Rail Strike Hits Aqueduct Fans Dangers of Race Track Fire Cited Hirsch Takes Kent with High Scud Story Attached to Course North, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-17


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CONNORS CORNER toxwcmmJ, I AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 16.— This date will long be remembered by racegoers by two acts etched in indelible ink. First was was the the nuisance nuisance stamp stamp was was the the nuisance nuisance stamp stamp tax for automobiles, and secondly, the strike of Long Island engineers. The latter happening was the hardest blow to the officers and directors of the Aqueduct Association, for it was felt where it hurts in the cash damper. One third of the patronage to this and other Long Island tracks is carried by the railroad by special trains from Pennsylvania Terminal in New York City and from Brooklyn. Busses and subway lines handle a lot, while private autos furnish the rest. Horse players are a hardy species and those eloquent words that adorn the facade of the general post office in New York, "Neither storm, nor darkness," etc. A strike that crippled a race track and forced the cancellation of a meeting happened some 40 years ago at Fort Erie, located across the Niagara River from Buffalo. The enginemen on the Grand Trunk Railroad walked out. This brought a cancellation of the special race trains from Buffalo and Toronto and that was that. However, back in those Halcyon days the tax collectors for the state did not share in the profits as they do today, and no crocodile tears were shed. The losers were principally horsemen, stable attaches and bookmakers clerks. The players, well, they just sat around and made some long distance investments on such places as Latonia, Butte, Montana, and with a foray into Salt Lake City or Ogden, to while away the time until the scene shifted to Windsor, where the ferries and street cars handled the traffic, plus some automobiles and horse-drawn taxis. AAA Belmont Park suffered its second fire in a decade last night when some 25 horses and one man perished. The spectre of fire on race tracks haunts owners and trainers and many decry the laxity of officials in fire prevention methods. The entrance and exit of stable attaches at Long Island tracks is not as closely supervised as those at Santa Anita. Inebriates at the California track are denied entrance to the stable area upon their return for a night out. This, according to the Santa Anita officials, has reduced the fire hazard to a minimum, for through the enforcement of this rule the human element is alert to the * Rail Strike Hits Aqueduct Fans Dangers of Race Track Fire Cited Hirsch Takes Kent With High Scud Story Attached to Course North ever present danger of a lit cigarette or carelessly tossed match, for inflammable material in the shape of hay and straw. AAA Darryl Riles is among the latest candidates for steeplechase riders, say about 20 years from now. The youngster checked in at the scales at Nassau General last week. His father and mother are mighty proud and the split collarbone that papa received in a fall at Belmont Park from the non winner Row, is knitting very fast. He plans to be back in action soon for living expenses have soared skywards . . . John Mc-Nulty, the scrivener of Third Avenues haute monde, deserted the ringside tables and upholstered stools for the sun-baked lawns of Aqueduct, for Saturday afternoon that is . . . Jack Campbell is working on the second issue of the overnight book. He hopes to have it ready soon . . . The J. M. Roebling horses following the close of the Monmouth Park meeting will be shipped to Saratoga Springs for that meeting... Trainer Harold Young came up from Delaware to saddle Enchanted Eve for her Gazelle engagement. The miss and the trainer left yesterday for their home base . . .P. L. Grissom, the Detroiter, came on to witness the eastern debut of his recent acquisition Dixie Flyer. The miss raced well enough to earn a start in the Vagrancy . . . Trainer E. L. Cotton took over the training of the horses owned by the Harmony Farm. AAA Max Hirsch returned from Delaware Park where he saddled High Scud, owned by the King Ranch, for the big portion of the Kent Stakes . . . Frank J. Heller came out to say hello and keep cases on the two and three-year-olds .Ogden Phipps smiled dutifully as his homebreds finished first and second in the days opener . . . Tim Mara, the football man, and Tom Shaw discussed the days of yesterday during the better part of the afternoon. . .Bill Gallagher, who retired from racing and breeding to devote his time to the more prosaic banking business, was on hand for the day...Gus Ring, the Washingtonian who has a pretentious menage in training here, deserted the nations capital but felt right at home with the flood of rumors in circulation. . .Bernard Baruch, the elder statesman, gave the program a good going ►over for descendents of his good sprinter of other years, Happy Argo. . .The Pincher is here from Delaware Park for a stake en-gagement . . Trainer Hirsch Jacobs reported that King Jolie will be returned to Jamaica shortly after his Yankee Handicap engagement at Suffolk Downs. The same applies to A. W. Abbotts Blue Man and Cain Boy Stables Armageddon. AAA There is a bit of a story attached to the i history of the frily Course North who won so cleverly in her debut. Mrs. Roebling was ! looking around for a present for her husband some time back and came up with the Man o War filly Navy Cruiser. The latter was bred to Case Ace and the fleet youngster is the offspring. The seller in this case was Andy Schuttinger who before his illness trained for the Roeblings . . .George Cassidy, who presides over the starting gate is miffed, mad and displeased. It seems that in lining up the days program the last race of the day is over a distance, a mile and a furlong or something akin. This does not fit in with the Cassidy scheme of affairs for its a long walk to the parking lot over by the six fur-long ! point where his sports model awaits. By the time he arrives the race is about over and George is caught in the traffic jam. Ouch?. . .Trainer Frank Christmas shipped Sailors Choice, Sea Bed and Blazing Home to Monmouth Park for engagements at that track. . .Trainer Moody Jol-ley left for Suffolk Downs to saddle Armageddon in the Yankee Handicap... Thwarted and Fighter Jack were returned here from New England ... Jockey Conn McCreary goes to Suffolk Downs to ride Blue Man in the Yankee Handicap . . . Trainer John Gaver said that Tom Fool is coming along nicely and is not far from his return to the racing wars.

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