Connors Corner: Trainers Deplore Entry Oversights Porterhouse to Start in Shevlin Natal Day at Hand for Atkinson, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-17


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck Connors AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 16. Every now and then something crops up in the routine business of training horses that adds a few more gray hairs to the stead- j ily dwindling supply of locks of the men who condition racers. Trainer Lucien! Laurin bemoaned the j fact this morning that Sorceress, a winner of a division of the Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware Park, was not named for the Astoria. The R. N. Webster juvenile was overlooked somewhere along the line. This recalls to mind that during the recent Belmont Park meeting the Maine Chance Farm had taken a call on the services of jockey Tony DeSpirito to ride Fascinator in the Top Flight. The boy packed his tack and left New England for Belmont Park, and then it was discovered that the miss, through some oversight, was not named through the entry box. Last year Jamie K. was regarded by many as Native Dancers shadow and the boys awaited a meeting between the pair in the Dwyer. However, another slip-up was made, and no nomination of the Spring Hill starter for the stake had been filed. AAA One of the oddities of stake nominations by mail cropped up at Hialeah a couple of years ago. Trainer Bob Odom mailed a bundle of such nominations to racing secretary Charles J. McLennan. The package failed to arrive on time. Odom was positive that he mailed them and then prevailed upon the postal authorities to institute a search. The package was discovered wedged in a mail box in such a fashion that it was overlooked by the collectors. Needless to state, the entries were accepted by the association upon the presentation of such irrefutable evidence a few hours late. Well, as the boys say, there is more these days to training horses than a stop watch and a condition book. AAA Trainer John B. Partridge returned from Trainers Deplore Entry Oversights Porterhouse to Start in Shevlin Natal Day at Hand for Atkinson a visit to Spring Hill Farm out Kentucky way, where he inspected the foals, yearlings and broodmare at that nursery. He reported that nine colts and four fillies, the entire yearling crop, will be picked up in September to undergo fall training. . . . Trainer S. Rowan brought in Moonflight and Wafager from the farm on Long Island, where they were freshened up for a few days following their acquisition at the Belmont vendue. ... At private terms trainer Charlie Whittingham, acting for the Californian, Mrs. J. P. Adams, acquired Impulsivo, a South American-bred from J. M. Saiz. . . . Frank "Red" Leather-bury, from down Mobile Bay way, was on hand yesterday. He reported that the good sprinter, Dark Peter, was back in training and would be ready for late summer and fall engagements. He has a couple of horses in training here, with the others at Monmouth Park. AAA Trainer Frank Dougherty shipped Whiskey Sour and Quick Town over to Monmouth Park for engagements. . . . Allan Byer, son of the veteran trainer, Jake, who recently graduated from Cornell after taking a business and hotel course, is affiliated with the St. Charles Country Club near Chicago for the summer season. This fall he enters the armed services, for he was commissioned a second lieutenant while at the New York state university. . . . George M. Odom will be discharged from the Bryn Mawr, Pa., Hospital on Friday. He entered that institution for a general checkup. . . . Trainer Charlie Whittingham said that Porterhouse, owned by the Llangollen Farm, would be a Shevlin starter. The Futurity winner will be ridden by Bill Boland. AAA Trainer Moody Jolley has decided to keep Limelight, recently acquired by the Californian, Walter Hoffman, in this area to fulfill his engagement in the Shevlin which is to be contested at .seven, furlongs a:nsiJ set? wi aeerxori tcii lo 3o. tt on Monday, June 21. . . . Trainer Harris Brown shipped Pinos to Monmouth Park for engagements. . . . M. S. "Chico" Robles, the Cuban artist, painted an oil of the sprinter, White Skies, for owner Wickham and is working on one of High Gun, the Belmont winner, for the King Ranch. . . . Trainer Eddie Hayward of Cain Hoy Stable plans to ship his charges to Saratoga Springs along about mid-July to become acclimated for that meeting. A A .A President Cyrus S. Jullien of Aqueduct entertained the members and their wives of the Ways and Means Committee, New York State, at a pre-race luncheon. Twenty-two persons were in the group. . . . Trainer Preston Burch of the Brookmeade Stable reported that several members of that menage now in New Jersey will be returned to Belmont Park for engagements here. . . . John C. Clark of Hialeah reported that the alterations and improvements to the clubhouse at that track are going along steadily. One big change is the elimination of the overhanging boxes at the terrace end. . . . Jockey Ted Atkinson celebrates his natal day tomorrow. The Greentree booter will forego the 38 candles on the birthday cake and settle for a non-fattening diet. . . . The admissions department crew, under the supervision of George McNulty, broke out in summer uniforms. The weather was not in agreement with the light material. . . . Word from Saratoga Springs is to the effect that turf races have not -been considered for that meeting this year or the immediate future.

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