Connors Corner: Gate and Play Up at Aqueduct Reversal of Trend in New York duc De Fer Will Seek Shevlin, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck Connors] AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 18.— The figure boys came up with some unusual news this morning, a reversal of the trend of of attendance attendance and and of of attendance attendance and and wagering in evidence for some time. They revealed that the first four days of this meeting showed an upward surge over last seasons corresponding days. The" gate is up some 5 per cent while the play through the iron maw of the tote is showing an increase of 8 per cent. cent. How How come come the the re- cent. cent. How How come come the the re- reversal? Well, the boys were at a loss to explain the phenomena but calmly stated that figures dont lie, the mathematical figures that is. Heretofore the decline was blamed on the weather, the beaches, mountains, opposition and what have you. The weather is and has been for the better part of the year in non-accord with the concessionaires at the resorts, but then again the boys and girls who patronize those places show up only for the big days, or so say the experts. So that argument is out of the window and until a better one comes along, the tax collectors rest and hope that the trend continues. AAA Trainer George M. Odom was discharged from the Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pa., following a check-up and several cardiographs and on Monday will resume his training chores at Belmont Park. During his sojourn in the hospital, Mrs. Odom fell, injured a knee, displaced a sacroiliac, injured her wrist and then reported that everything was okay except a few minor bruises . . . John Barry Ryan left for England for a six weeks vacation but will be back for the Saratoga Springs session. His Buttevant will be a. starter in the Shevlin Stakes according to trainer Maje Odom . . . Go Man, owned by Wallace Gilroy, was altered yesterday morning and will be on the shelf for 10 days or so . . . Trainer Lucien Laurin will ship a draft of horses to Monmouth Park for engagements at that track . . . Fred Hime, the Miamian, planed in from the peninsular city and reported that the weather was wet and humid. AAA Trainer John Gaver accompanied by Mrs. Gaver and the "children, sailed for a European vacation yesterday. Mrs. Gaver said that the trip was necessary as part of the youngsters schooling . . . Louis Lazare, the New Yorker, reported that his Post Prandial is back galloping following a let up and will be ready for engagements during the Saratoga-at-Jamaica meeting. He is named for several stakes there and at Monmouth . . . Trainer Maje Odom reported that Buttevant suffered no injuries when he bolted through the gap during the £1* * Gate and Play Up at Aqueduct 4 Reversal of Trend in New York Due de Per Will Seek Shevlin running of the Belmont but was captured before he got loose . . . Trainer Monte Parke will ship another draft of the Mrs. John D. Hertz horses to Arlington Park on Monday . . . F. Skiddy von Stade left for Saratoga Springs- and plans to remain at the upstate track for a week, then returning to New York to complete preparations for the Saratoga-at-Jamaica meeting which comprises 18 days. AAA Major Albert Warner of the Warbern Stable relayed word from California that the yearlings and foals at his ranch are .a prepossessing lot. He is due back for the Saratoga season . . . Mrs. Walter J. Salmon plans to sell 20 or more yearlings at the Keeneland vendues . . . Jack Campbell distributed his second issue of the overnight condition book for this meeting . . . Track superintendent Lennie Litwak of Aqueduct stocked the infield lake with sunfish, which prompted the backstretch gang to plan a fish fry come this fall . . . Trainer Louis Bromfield will ship Due de Fer, owned by the Memphis, Tenn., patron, J. W. Rogers, here for his Shelvin engagement. The colt a recent winner in New Jersey will be ridden by Logan Batcheller . . . Jockey Eddie Arcaro will ride Limelight, owned by the R C Ranch of Walter Hoffman, in the Shelvin on Monday ... Condamion, owned by F. M. Poncelet, will be returned to New England following her Gazelle engagement tomorrow. AAA A brace of migratory ducks discovered the local lake and set up housekeeping. ►The youngsters are due along soon and woe betide the interlopers according to Jim Fitzsimmons who staked out the initial claim . . . Belmont Park trainers reported that the cough, which for a time threatened to reach epidemic proportions, is subsiding and that the juveniles will be placed back in training before long . . . Nelson I. Asiel returned from a trip to Jack Skinners Virginia farm and expressed himself well pleased with the condition of the broodmares, the yearlings and foals . . . Jockey Fred Zehr came down from New England to ride Condamion in the Gazelle. He is due back at Rockingham Park to ride Monday . . . Porterhouse, owned by the Llangollen Farm, was vanned over from Belmont Park to get the feel of the local strip. He was slated to work between races this afternoon, with Bill Boland in the irons, according to trainer Charles Whit-tingham, his final prep for the Shevlin. FREEMAN KEYES — Bullheim carried his Reverie Knoll colors successfully in the J.ohn A. Morris Purse yesterday at the , LincolnFields oval. - ,j

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