Connors Corner: Belmont Today--Then Top Flight; Spring Meeting in Waning Days; United Hunts, Aqueduct Ready, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-13


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Connors Corner By CHUCK CONNORS Belmont Today Then Top Flight Spring Meeting in Waning Days United Hunts Aqueduct Ready ReadyBELMONT BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y June 12 Tomorrow is the Belmont the final jewel in what the boys call the Triple Crown and d n Monday Belmont Park enters its waning days of the spring and summer meeting The final stake offering will be on Wednesday the Top Flight Handicap for the distaff mem ¬ bers of the family and on Thursday and Fri ¬ day the United Hunts will stage a two day meeting The benefits accrued from these two days are directed toward the survival of many of the ama ¬ teur meetings held here and there around the country side whose sources of revenue are limited The United Hunts played an important parMn the restoration of racing to New York following the enactment of the Hughes Bill and the Directors Liability Law some 40 years ago Then comes Aque ¬ duct on the week end to be followed by Empire CityatJamaica plus Saratogaat Jamaica and the first thing you know the boys will be headed up the highways to Union Avenue and the refreshing waters of that famed watering city citySaratoga Saratoga will be a changed sport for the boys who can remember way back when Broadway was the center of every ¬ thing that represented the sport of kings at its best Gone are the old hotels that lined that famed thoroughfare the Grand Union was the last to give way and fell under the repeated blows of the wreckers sledge hammers and other me ¬ chanical gadgets that knock down walls with ease The twoyearolds dominate the Saratoga scene and this year it could be a throw back to the past when the best in the barn was reserved for that session The juvenile crop this year has not lived up to the anticipations that were in evidence during the early spring To date the fillies appear the best but that opinion may be reversed by the time the scene returns to Long Island IslandWhile While Saratoga is displaying its Sunday best for the August season the boys and girls of the clubhouse set will return from the scene rested and refreshed ready to swing back into the extra curricular activi ¬ ties that are missing upstate The night life of that resort was once the toast of the amusement world but today the television sets radio or house parties are the dom ¬ inating feature While the juveniles are displaying their abilities at Saratoga the threeyearolds will be monopolizing the limelight around Chicago or freshening up This leads back to the Belmont tomor ¬ row and both Jim Norris and trainer John Partridge have thanked their lucky stars that their threeyearold will go postward postwardLast Last Saturday in the sprint race Ja ¬ mie K stumbled slightly at the start and in recovering grabbed himself He for forContinucd Continucd on Page FortyNine Connors Corner CornerBy By C J CONNORS Continued from Page Six Sixtunately tunately tipped the rear of his front plate with the toe of the bind on his right hind leg The plate was loosened from the hoof by an inch but the nails held and he raced out the distance so handi ¬ capped That mishap could have been costly but as it turned out the foot hoof or any part of the member was unin ¬ jured That is the reason why Jim Nor ris and John Partridge are as happy as a couple of bees in a flower bed in bloom bloomTrainer Trainer Maje Odom reported that Master Ace owned by Mrs B L Gerry went amiss the other morning and will be on theshelf for the better part of the year Jockeys C OBrien and S Cole will not see the Belmont Stakes unless by television They are both committed to outoftown mounts on Saturday William A Caridi of Coral Gables Fla a newcomer to the owners ranks will be represented by a quar ¬ tet of horses here in charge of trainer W T Anderson Mr and Mrs Stefan Zachar of Miami Fla were among the afternoon visitors Ralph Reineman and Larry Thompson checked out for Chicago after attending the twoday dispersal sale Warnei L Jones the breeder of Royal Bay Gem that will race for Eugene Constantin Jr in the Belmont is due in from his Goshen Ky home for the big race A directors meeting of the FasigTipton Com ¬ pany will be held tomorrow said Humphrey Finney The news followed on the heels of the successful twoday sale held in the parking lot on Wednesday and Thursday Dixie McKinley came on from hardboot land to keep the record straight for wit ¬ nessing the Derby Preakness and the Bel ¬ mont He will stay over for a few days I keeping cases on another arrival the auld Scot Alex B Gordon from Lexington way Gordon checked in yesterday and spent the better part of the afternoon renewing friendships in the paddock and about the secretarys office officeTrainer Trainer Max Hirsch reported that To Market owned by the King Ranch will be lost for the better part of the season The horse came out of his Massachusetts Handicap engagement on Wednesday very ouchy Xray pictures will be taken today to determine the full extent of the in ¬ juries which Hirsch believes are not serious but just bothersome Life Policy the top price at the paddock vendue who was acquired by the Texan Ralph Lowe was shipped to Chicago and taken over by trainer W L Proctor Lowe it will be recalled paid a big price for Pictus as a twoyearold Mr and Mrs Allie Reuben planed in from Toledo to attend the sale He later stayed for the races while the fifth Avenue shops had more appeal for Mrs Reuben They later planed out for Chicago where they will be represented in the twoyearold filly event the Miss America Stakes on Saturday SaturdayTrainer Trainer Jim Fitzsimmohs shipped Hy phasis to Monmouth for the Oceanport Handicap tomorrows opening day stake Ral Stieling an exercise boy in the em ¬ ploy of Frank Christmas was admitted to the Mary Immaculate Hospital yesterday He suffered a broken leg in a fall while testing a twoyearold at Jamaica Jockey Jim Nichols pulled out for Monmouth to ride Squared Away on Saturday He will be back on Monday Colin MacLeod came up from Virginia to escort George Odom to Delaware Park and tomorrow tc Mon ¬ mouth Park Mr and Mrs Lawrence Lewis of Richmond Va were among the arrivals to remain over for the Belmont Stakes A group of Houston Texas pa ¬ trons planed in to witness the Belmont inspect Times Square and confirm the re ¬ ports that Belmont Park was as big as Ben F Whitaker said it was They are con ¬ vinced The quartet found the Widener course a little confusing and said that the starts were effected a far piece off and would do even in Texas The quartet is Wesley West Bill Smith Bob Abercrombie and Ernest Thompson ThompsonA A new entrance and exit at Aqueduct designed for the comfort of Brooklyn motorists was completed yesterday The entrance leads from Pitkin Avenue across the Long Island tracks from the grandstand into the parking lot The cost of paving the several blocks was borne by the Queens County Jockey Club Clubin in an agreement with the city Foot Footnote note to breeding pundits and dieticians relative to the Belmont Jamie K the second choice is by Crowfoot while Ram o War is out of Crows Feet The boys and girls better be careful from now until the race is over or thex may be called upon to eat crow for dinner

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