Connors Corner: Steeplechase Patrons at Belmont Hurdle Event Proves Interesting Crafty Admiral May be Rested, Daily Racing Form, 1953-05-13


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t ► . ■ Connors Corner I By "CHUCK" CONNORS Steeplechase Patrons at Belmont • Hurdle Event Proves Interesting I Crafty Admiral May Be Rested BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 12. — There was more than passing interest in the hurdle offering, styled the , Boom Boom Boom Boom Purse, Purse, yes- J 3 j ] J 1 j ] Boom Boom Boom Boom Purse, Purse, yes- yesterday afternoon. This mile and one-half test for three -year -olds and over introduced some newcomers to this branch of racing and attracted a goodly number of the steeplechase crowd. Two three - year - olds contested the issue with the older horses, namely Indian Fire and 1 | • ! s J « J • ! ] s ■ J i j « J * r Jingler. They raced well, although failing to finish in the picture, but gave evidence that later on they should be heard from. The principal interest was centered upon Pintor, a four-year-old from the Montpelier menage, and this fellow finished second to River Jordon although beaten decisively. Pintor raced well ong£he flat as a two and three-year-old. Hccounted for a stake as a juvenile and isone of the better grade converted to field racing in some time. The winner River Jordon made his debut as a fencer at Mid-dleburg, but previous to that had performed in allowance races in New Jersey and Maryland. Holystone was another that was first shown publicly as a jumper at Middleburg but displayed some good efforts on the flat as a three-year-old racing in allowance races or high-priced claiming affairs. Brechin was a fairly well regarded filly last year meeting good company in allowance races. Holly Hughes sent out the seven-year-old Le Texas for his initial effort *e.t racing. External Relations is an Irish-bred, he won across the seas, and was tested publicly at Warrenton this spring. Jingjer, the three-year-old, started in claiming racing for ,000 to 0,000, and in 18 starts last year won one race. The field in the Boom Boom served as dft shot in the arm to the steeplechase division. A few more fields of this type with the infusion of new blood should create more interest in steeplechasing. Trainer Pat Devine took over the horse Ala-Flash, owned by the Fleetway Stable, to condition for his future engagements . . . Trainer Bob Odom stated that it is possible that Crafty Admiral, the star of the Charfran c Stable, may pass up the Metropolitan and the Suburban. The horse has not ■ his usual zip according to Odom and unless he shows improvement within the next few days, will be rested for some time I j I . . .Harry LaMontagne plans to sail for Europe j next week for a lengthy summer va- I ! c cation. His original sailing date was set J i j. back due to a strike of the French line seamen r . . . Trainer Bill Post reported that a g goodly number of his two-year-olds are on the sidelines with bucked shins. He hopes t to have many of them racing the latter ! E part of this meeting . . John Barry Ryan j I was among the afternoons visitors. He re-ported . that everything was okay with the j broodmares that he has in Kentucky. . . j Arnold Hanger sent his regrets and stated | t that he will not be among those present for j j the first part of the meeting but hopes to ! | j. be around later. A little thing like business j i is j keeping him away from the sport. j Trainer Horatio Luro showed up yes- : terday following a battle with the virus i j for the past week . . . Trainer Frank Dougherty moved over to Garden State with Count Turf, owned by Jack Amiel, j I Toquila, Standee, Ruth Hanson for en- I gagements there. They are due back shortly. . A change in the stake program at Saratoga Springs will be made this I year. The Schuylerville will be placed back on the agenda for the upstate meeting while the Adirondack will be resurrected for the Saratoga -at -Jamaica session . . Jockey Nick Combest will ride at Woodbine Park and over the Canadian circuit for the first part of the summer and then return to Saratoga Springs. He is under call to trainer J. Pistorio who has a draft of horses north of the border . . .A minor feud between Bill Brennan, Continued off Page Forty Connors Corner By C. J. CONNORS Continued from Page Four of the receiving barn, and trainer Frank Catrone, of the Circle M Stable, is causing considerable comment among the paddock gang. The story is a long one and concerns a two-year-old race run over the Widener course. . Trainer Jim Ryan is pointing Royal Vale, owned by Mrs. Esther duPont Weir, for the Suburban to be contested on Memorial Day. He will be ridden by Jack Westrope. . . Emmett Roberts is at Aqueduct with a draft of steeplechasers that were wintered at the farm . . Jockeys O. Scurlock and Ira Hanford moved over to Garden State to fulfill engagements. They are due back tomorrow. Trainer Eddie Hayward has not mapped out "any plans for the Cain Hoy Stables Dark Star following the Preakness. He will be returned to Belmont Park and may start in an overnight race prior to the Belmont which is to be contested on June 13. . .G. H. "Pete" Bostwick sailed for England and some polo and may look over the yearling market during his stay . . . The horses owned by Eugene Constantin, Jr., the Dallas, Texas, patron, are to be campaigned here according to advices received from Mary-i land . . . Remy Dore, report recent arrivals from New Orleans, is improving steadily in health. He canceled his plans to visit New York during the summer deferring his visit until the fall . . . Gretchen Lynch, wife of the New York Journals turf correspondent Pat, underwent surgery at the Harkness Pavilion today. Latest reports are that her condition was good.

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