Lincoln Fields Notebook: Nick Nickl of Oldehove Kennels Successful Conditioner of Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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j 4 Lincoln Fields Notebook Nick Nickl of Oldehove Kennels Successful Conditioner of Horses L . By J. J. MURPHY J LINCOLN FIELDS, Crete, HI., June 5. One of the leading trainers at this meeting is a man whose primary concern is the raising of dogs. His name is Nick Nickl and he comes from Holland where his father for many years conducted the Oldehove kennels and specialized in the breeding of German shepherds. r -wm mmmmmmmmmmmmm o.r-i xt WILLIAM duPONT, JR. His Foxcatcher Farm homebred, Chevation, registered a surprise triumph in the Kent Stakes. oeverai years ago tne elder Nickl and his son departed from the land of the windmills, dykes, and tulips for the United States and founded the Oldehove kennels at Glenview, Mich. Products of their place took many of the " highest honors in dog shows throughout this lllin 4"-tt rm3 f wuuwji aim uue ujl their German shepherds became a champion of champions in taking the blue ribbon in a show fashioned for champions only. Nickl, Sr., passed away about three or four years ago, and the son thought he would try his hand with thoroughbred horses. AAA Although never a trainer of a large string and specializing in claiming horses, Nickl has sent many winners to the post. One of his developments is Gallant D., who has taken several purses this season. He has five racers in his care at present. His first horse was Bill Boy, which he acquired at the Harry Trotsek sale several years ago and with which he won many races. Nickl applies some methods in the training of horses that he does in dogs. He takes cognizance of the likes and dislikes of both type of animal and governs himself accordingly. We do not know whether or not Nickl wore those bloomers and wooden shoes in his native country, but we do know he prefers semi-western style clothes as race track attire. A A Olympic, stakes winning English five-year-old owned by Fred Hooper of Birmingham, Ala., has arrived at this track from the Hooper place outside the southern city. Olympic, a son of the Two Thousands Guineas winner, Big Game, took the important .Trenton Handicap at Garden State Park last year, and also won the Grey Lag Handicap at Jamaica. He has been rested for a brief period and during his Chicago campaign will be handled by Ivan Parke . . . Ex-jockey Charlie Stevenson, who for some time has been assistant to trainer Parke, has taken out a trainers license . . . Jockey Leslie Wickel suffered an injured back when tossed from M oiada at the gate Friday and took Saturday off to have some x-rays made. AAA Because of track conditions at Lincoln Fields the past few days, a number of trainers have been vanning their horses over to Washington Park to work. The distance between the two tracks is about 12 miles . . . Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rhoades, of Coatesville, Irtd., were among the visitors Friday . . . Wilbur Borton, acting for Ros-coe Goose and Charles ONeil, sold the two-year-old Sixty Two to Angelo Cilio . . . Charles Boero, track superintendent at Fair Grounds, New Orleans, is visiting . Point Lookout, Bofaye, Rebounder, Space Cadet, and Betty Lou have been shipped to River Downs by E. J. Bolser. Bidanmade, from the same stable, was to have been sent to Detroit but remained over to run Friday . . . Carl Schultz, photographer on all Chicago tracks, says that with, the opening of Arlington Park, all his "shots" of winners will be in improved sepia tone instead of the usual black and white printing. He showed us a sample, and it looked very good. AAA When the races for Saturday were slow in filling Friday, energetic Joseph Kohout, of the HBPA, and Robert O. Read, of the same organization, stepped into the breach to urge horsemen to cooperate to the fullest with the Lincoln Fields management, and shortly thereafter the program was complete . . . Eddie Hayes phoned Eddie Rice from Detroit to state that Frank Eanos wife passed away in that city recently . . . Note from Peggy Fletcher, William Johnstons secretary, who seems to be having a good time vacationing in Bermuda . . . U. R. Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., owner, who has some horses here in charge of C. p. Norman, was a Saturday visitor . . . Jockey John Heckmann left for New Orleans Saturday evening to spend Sunday with his family. Is expected back Monday. AAA Owner Ed P. Metz was an arrival from Covington, Ky., to look them over. His horses here are trained by Joe Bollero . . . William Hal Bishop, the old horse-trader, swapped Amity to the Jacnot Stable for Wrack Play . . . Beckhampton, a seven-year-old gelding owned by Mrs. Jake Low-enstein, suffered a broken bone in his foot Continued on Page Fifteen Lincoln Fields Notebook By J. J. MURPHY Continued from Page Three and was humanely destroyed by Dr. G. B. McKillUp . . . F. M. Jayne sold La Sabra, Princess Joan, and Little Opener to Laurence B. Earle, and they will be shipped to Ohio for racing . . . Angelo Cilios horses seem to have been bitten by the "second bug," many of his runners having "placed" at this meeting . . . Something unusual in the way of race making is the hanging out of a three-year-old five-furlong dash as an extra race. This was done here Saturday.

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