Connors Corner: Visitors Flocking in for Belmont; Weatherman Promises Choice Wares; Duntreath Invading Arlington Park, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-12


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Connors Corner By CHUCK CONNORS Visitors Flocking in for Belmont Weatherman Promises Choice Wares Duntreath Invading Arlington Park ParkBELMONT BELMONT TARK Elmont L I N Y June 11 The weatherman promises to be his best behavior for the weekend and send on some of his choice wares for the running of the Bel ¬ mont That news tickled no end the members of JBelmont Parks official board the tax collectors up at Albany owners and trainers and the Colo ¬ nels Lady and Judy OGrady plus a few thousand others but brought no joy to the clothes cleaning industry Weather is an important item in the staging of a big sports presentation and this years run ¬ ning of the Belmont is just that Native Dancer fanned the flames of enthusiasm among the casuals whether it was his racing record the influence of the televi ¬ sion or just the name that intrigued the imagination is something that your corre ¬ spondent knoweth not However when the embers of the controversial fire that flared up following the running of the Derby were beginning to fade along came the Preakness more enthusiasm and now the longer route of the Belmont plus Jamie K Royal Bay Gem Kamehameha and now Ram o War Anyway Belmont Park is prepared to cater to the largest crowd of the year and George McNulty of the ad ¬ missions department has augmented his force to insure a smooth running operation operationBelmont Belmont is at disadvantage when it comes to handling auto traffic just be ¬ fore the first race and immediately after the last event This vast racing ground laid out when the automobile was in its infancy has but two thoroughfares from which to draw and later funnel traffic They are Hempstead Turnpike along the front side and Plainfield Avenue which parallels the stable area out where the starts on the Widener chute are effected Hempstead Turnpike is the main artery that leads from New York via Jamaica to Belmont Park The Cross Island Park ¬ way that runs along the edges of the track at the top of the stretch lias but one exit from the grounds over near the far turn Traffic on this and Hempstead Turnpike is heavy at all hours and as a result harried traffic cops are faced with dilemmas when trying to shuttle the out ¬ bound cars headed for New York Brooklyn or back eastward for Long Island towns into the rush hour traffic However they manage to survive which is the important problem Getting back to the Belmont and its attendant ceremonies on Saturday presi ¬ dent George D Widener has yet to decide who will be called upon to present the trophy to the winning owner he has a dozen or so names on file The winning owner is not over choosy in that respect for the presentation is an ti climax to the rush of his threeyearold through the stretch and the glory of winning The Bel ¬ mont will be televised and broadcast from all angles and if the weatherman lives up to his promise the armchair students will get a good look at the starters which again recalls to mind that many are called but few are chosen The Belmont closed with 126 nominations and the starting field is now set at five fiveTrainer Trainer W A Deacon Jones re ¬ ported that Eolus owned by L W Jen ¬ nings will be an absentee from the rac ¬ ing wars for at least one year The horse overreached taking a fence in his last start and tore the sheath and some of the muscles of his foreleg to ribbons Fortunately he missed the tendon Gene Mori of Garden State Park was on hand yesterday and is more than en ¬ thused over the prospects for the Fu ¬ turity to be run this fall at that track J Bowes Bond came up from New Jersey for the afternoon and reported that he will ship some horses for en ¬ gagements for the Aqueduct meeting Mr and Mrs H B Massey he maintains the Grandview Stable arrived from their Pittsburgh Pa home to witness the run ¬ ning of the Belmont Stakes Jockey W Lester will ride at Delaware Park Thursday Friday and Saturday and andContinued Continued on Page FortyOne Connors Corner CornerBy By C J CONNORS Continued from Page Six Sixthen then return here to accept mounts for his contract employer W J Ziegler ZieglerTrainer Zieglerx x Trainer Harry Shillick sold the plater Once in Love for export to Canada The miss will be shipped to Woodbine consigned to the new owner who preferred to remain anonymous Trainer G M Odom shipped Ross Clan to Delaware Park for a series of races at that track H C Rumple who has a draft of horses in training here returned from a business trip to Texas At private terms Gene Jacobs acting for Wally Schaab sold March Again and Lions Share to Gordon McMasters of Toronto for racing in Can ¬ ada P L Grissom master of Dun treath Farm was a visitor yesterday and is seeking a grass horse for Chicago racing He will be represented at Arlington Park by 20 horses in charge of H O Simmons Charles Block the Miami Beach res ¬ taurateur was on hand yesterday He came up for the Belmont and a few weeks vacation C V Whitney came out to witness the effort of his twoyearold Catspaw in th6 National Stallion The colt displayed some of the bad qualities of his sire Mahmoud while at the post Sid ¬ ney Jacobs deserted Monmouth Park for a looksee at some racing and the sale of horses in training trainingMr Mr and Mrs Edward B Benjamin of New Orleans were present and plan to remain some time Primate making his first start in over one year carried his colors yesterday but finished second to the veteran TeaMaker The latter now in his tenth year by winning that offer in surpassed the 200000 money earned figure Trainer Preston Burch shipped County Clare to Delaware and Safety to Monmouth Park for engagements on Saturday Hanf ord will ride at Delaware while Nick Wall will handle Safety at the Jersey course Fred L Purner director of public relations at Santa Anita is flying this way to witness the running of the Belmont Native Dancer wintered at Santa Anita Brownie Leach the tub thumper for Bill Corums Kentucky Derby is due here tonight This accounts for the storm signals fly ¬ ing from the mast atop the weather bureau Bill Markey of Detroit came on for a visit and will stick around for a few days Joe Estes and Neville Dunn checked in from Kentucky all set to compare the Derby effort of Native Dancer against his Belmont showing Trainer John Gaver reported that the firing irons had been applied to the knees of Straight Pace the Flamingo winner He has hopes that the colt will be ready to race during the fall season J C Bentley the Toronto Ont patron was an arrival and plans to remain remainS S for the remainder of this meeting Bruce Campbell the Baltimorean notified local officials this morning that he was shipping his Ram o War here from Monmouth Park to fulfill his engagement in the Belmont Stakes Walter Donovan of Garden State stopped off en route from the NASRC con ¬ vention at Boston to Camden N J Jockeys Ted Atkinson Dave Gorman C McCreary I Hanford and Benny Green returned from outoftown engagements R J Kleberg and Max Hirsch returned returnedkfrom kfrom Boston following the running of the Massachusetts Handicap Jack Campbell CampbellPNew PNew Yorks handicapper and racing secre ¬ tary is featured in this weeks Saturday Evening Post that is well illustrated

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