Connors Corner: Belmont Termed Breeders Race Report Porterhouse on Improve Countess Fleet Arlington Bound, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-09


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. . Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS Belmont Termed Breeders Race Report Porterhouse on Improve Countess Fleet Arlington Bound BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 8. Spring racing in .the New York area reaches its climax Saturday. That is Deiuiuiib j-my, by the running of the third and last, and, in many respects, most important of the "Triple Crown" events. It will be programmed as the sixth race, in order to give it full radio and television treatment. The crowd will be swelled by many out - of - town people who are coming here for the sales Wednesday and -Thursday and who will remain over for the classic. The Belmont has been stamped a breeders race more than a pure racing spectacle, and men who own thoroughbred nurseries make it a point to be on hand. Frank Stevens, who had just returned from Saratoga Springs, where he helped to usher in the trotting season there, said that reservations for Saturday are extremely heavy. The starting field, secretary Jack Campbell advises, probably will be larger than usual because of the absence of a standout performer. This encourages some owners and trainers to take a shot at the 00,000 pot. A A . A t Trainer Sherrill Ward reported that additional reinforcements for his menage are due in from Lexington, Ky. The shipment comprises three horses . .Trainer Eddie Regan returned from a week-end trip to New England where he inspected several horses that the Short Brook Farm has in that area . Trainer Max Hirsch said that he expects one horse from Kentucky tomorrow . John Ward arrived from Lexington and joined his brother, Sherrill, for several days visit. ....Trainer Edgar Barnes said that the juvenile winner, Party Gossip, owned by the Sunshine Stable of the Miamian, Dan Chappell, is undergoing diathermic treatment at the Belmont field hospital... Jockey Bennie . Green will go to Delaware Park on Saturday where he will ride a starter in a stake race for the Greentree Stable. W. H. Hoffman, the Californian, who recently acquired Limelight from A. B. Hancock at private terms relayed word from Los Angeles that he will not be on hand for the running of the Belmont on Saturday. . . . Jack Needles of the Belmont Park staff will leave for Baltimore, Md., shortly after the close of this meeting. He will give his daughter, Ellen Gordon, away in marriage on July 7 to Williams Blaylock of that city. The nuptials are to be celebrated in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. . .. . Trainer Charlie Whittingham said that Porterhouse is responding to diathermic treatments at the Belmont field hospital and is showing surprising improvement. . . . W. C. Partee, a newcomer to the racing ranks, arrived from .his Magnolia, Ark., home to attend the sale of horses tomorrow and Thursday. Warner L. Jones, master of Hermitage Farm, Goshen, Ky., came on to lend encouragement to his Lillal in the Top Flight. The filly will be shipped to Delaware Park after her engagement here. ... Harry F. Guggenheim of Cain Hoy Stable was on hand for the afternoon. ... Trainer Noble Threewitt, who has Correlation for R. S. Lytic in the Belmont on Saturday, will select between Eddie Arcaro and Hank Moreno to do the riding chores. Following the race, owner R. S. Lytle plans a European holiday. . . . Trainer Max Hirsch stated that King Ranch will be represented in the Belmont by High Gun, winner of the Peter Pan. . . . Trainer Monte Parke will include Countess Fleet, who graduated at the first asking, in the shipment to Arlington Park. Owner R. Lehman is a New York banker. AAA As of this morning, trainer Jim Fitz-x simmons tops the list of trainers with 16 and Ted Atkinson is far in front of his fellow riders with 38 trips to the winners circle. . . . Trainer Bobby Dotter vanned the first draft of the James Cox Brady horses to Monmouth Park this morning. He will leave a couple here to fulfill engagements in the waning days of the meeting. . . . Danny Shea, the Hartford, Conn., enthusiast, showed up for a few days awaiting the opening of Monmouth Park. . . . Trainer Preston Burch reported that all of the mares owned by the Brookmeade Farm had foaled. Black Chiffon, the last due to foal, dropped a colt foal over the week end. . . Trainer J. F. OBrien was treated at the first aid station Monday evening for a fainting and black-out spell after the seventh race. He was later sent home and pronounced much better this morning. gsnoh xi;

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