New Jersey Report: Police Officer Has Sense of Humor Burr May Resume Riding next Week, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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I — I New Jersey Report By FRED GALIANI Police Officer Has Sense of Humor Burr May Resume Riding Next Week Due de Fer to Seek Shevlin Stakes MONMOUTH PARK, Oceanport, N. J., June 18. — It was early in the morning and G..Ray Bryson was somewhat exceeding the speed speed limit limit while while driv- speed speed limit limit while while driv- driving through Delaware en route here. It wasnt long before his action bought a police car into the picture and the president and general manager of the Bel Air track was pulled over to the side. He was confronted with the stock question, "and where are you going in such a a rush?" rush?" "Monmouth "Monmouth a a rush?" rush?" "Monmouth "Monmouth Park," answered Bryson. The officer thought for a moment and then replied, "if youre going there, youll be punished enough. Go ahead." What Bryson could have told the officer after that remark was that his luck couldnt be much worse than it has been here. There have been only two disqualifications at the meeting and both horses were owned by Mrs. Bryson. On opening day Kinda Smart was taken out of first place and then right back on Monday Spartan Queen was disqualified. To make matters worse, Spartan Queen was claimed out of the race, so he lost both purse and horse. Ray, who was here yesterday, is hoping the bad streak is at an end. A general meeting of members of the HBPA has been called for 10 a. m. June 28 for the nomination of officers for the coming election. The meeting will be held in the trainers lounge on the backstretch. Charley Burr came back from his Kansas home a little quicker than expected. The lanky rider was on three horses this morning and said that he felt pretty good after the workout. Burr, who suffered injuries in an auto accident at the Garden State meeting, hopes to be able to resume riding next week . . . Danny Johnson, the jockey who broke both legs in a spill at Atlantic City two years ago, has finally shedded the last cast after 22 months and is now getting around on crutches. He is recuperating in Plcasant-ville, N. J. Stewards Bill Shewbridge and John Turner, Sr., still belong to the old school when it comes to wearing summer hats. Both are devotees, to the straw skimmers . . . Mrs. Henry Halle, of Wilmington, deserted Delaware Park for the afternoon and flew up for the races here .. . Jack Dennis, owner of the Bay Harbor hotel, in the town of the same name in Florida, took in the sport. He plans to stay in the East until the end of month and then will head for Chicago ... Willie Carroll, the veteran jockey, expects to swing into action here soon and is free lancing. Willies avocation is philosophy, unusual for a jockey, and he has perused it for 18 years. The improvements got to the press box with the installation of a new pencil sharpener, replacing one that must have been taken from old Monmouth Park ... Tony Mazzeo and Jack Long, rival trainers now, have an association going back a long time. When Long, now conditioner for the Darby Dan Farm, was riding, the second winner of his career came • on a horse called Fair Dawn, trained by Mazzeo and that was in the late 1920s in Havana. Joe Hernandez, who calls the races at Santa Anita over the public address system, was a recent visitor ... If youve noticed, all horses who race for W. J. Walden have names with two words and 11 letters. Examples are College Chum, Country Cook, Fabulous Fox, Circus Clown, etc. Most of these horses are named by Hester Root, wife of the trainer of the Walden string . . . Apprentice Frank A. Smith can qualify for a hard luck badge. The Brooklyn lad was out of action for 82 days with a broken collar bone, which he incurred in Florida, and finally got back to riding here. On opening day he was promptly disqualified and. suspended. There is always a gap of a day br two before suspensions take effect and it was just time enough for Smith to ride a few races and get himself thrown by a fractious horse at the post, inflicting a few more bruises. J. W. Rodgers Due De Fer, who scored a rapid victory in a recent start here, will be shipped to Aqueduct for the Shevlin Stakes on Monday, and then be returned here . . . Jack Kiley, who never forgets to bring long underwear with him to Florida, got caught in the weather switch here and says hes freezing with-out his flannels . . . Trainer C. R. White transferred the main part of his public to Monmouth, leaving a couple at Delaware Park. « *

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