Sportsmans Park: 43 Races at Meet Won by Oaklawn Horses; Skoronski Out Rest of Week With Injuries; Tommy Trotter Here From East for Season, Daily Racing Form, 1956-05-05


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Sportsmans Pgrk 1 By J J Murphy 1 43 Races at Meet Won by Oaklawn Horses Skoronski Out Rest of Week With Injuries Tommy Trotter Here From East for Season SeasonSPORTSMANS SPORTSMANS PARK Cicero 111 May 4 Just before the close of the Oaklawn Park meeting at Hot Springs a horseman was overheard to predict that thoroughbreds racing at that track would win half the purses at Sportsmans Park And by golly he has been right so far Out of vthe 84 races decided dur ¬ ing the first 10 days of the Chi ¬ cago season 43 were taken by runners from the Arkansas course Five of the contests were won by thoroughbreds that had been rested up all winter the others by horses that had started this year That might prove that runners having been actiye during the winter months have an edge in condition over those having remained idle for freshening up during the forepart of the Chi ¬ cago season At least that is the way it has worked out this year Horses having come out of winter quarters to win here in the first 10 days were Colonel Zeder WitchEnglish twice Loanelle and Mambo Many short priced favorites ran very poor races but 26 public choices managed to get down in front Twentythree favorites were beaten at 2 to 1 or less x Aside from WitchEnglish horses having scored doubles are War Stim Frawley and Tarom TaromJockey Jockey Tony Skoronski was well out in front of the other riders for the first 10 days but he will be absent from the saddle for the remainder of the eek due to injuries received here prior to the seventh race Thurs ¬ day Skoronski was riding Luck o Night to the starting gate when that racer tossed him Tony wound up in St Anthonys Hospital with a head wound that re ¬ quired several stitches and an injured groin Skoronski during the years has figuredin more spills at this particular course than have most riders at all tracks during a lifetime A conservative guess is that the Cicero veteran has bit the dust at Sportsmans on a dozen different occasions and a couple of times has been quite badly injured However he always bounces back fresh and rarin to go and is likely to be very much in the limelight during closing week Fred Burton Opens Washington Park Office OfficeTommy Tommy Trotter assistant racing secretary at the Balmoral Arlington and Washington Park meetings was an arrival from New York He and his wife Sally are expecting an addition to the family They now have two children In previous seasons Trotter served as assistant to racing secretaries Frank Kilroe and Pat Farrell Racing secretary Fred Burton is on the job and has opened his office at Washington Park Burton served as racing secretary in the Lindheimer organiza ¬ tion a number of years ago Walter Marty former manager of Del Mar and Caliente visited Thursday in company with Mrs Marty They were en route to the Kentucky Derby Jack Dempsey the West Coast travel man who annually runs a junket from California for the Derby was also among those present About 75 per cent of the horsemen at Sportsmans Park fancy the chances of the favored Needles in the Derby Joe Bobba the California insurance man passed through en route to the Derby Has Count Chic and No Regrets insured Represents Lloyds of London LondonFelix Felix P Aime and B H Wise will ship the Jiorses in their care to Detroit at the conclusion of this meeting Ivan Parke is expected to bring in about 20 horses from Fred W Hoopers farm within the next few days Dr George McKillup who formerly served as vet ¬ erinarian on Chicago tracks passed through en route to Sari Francisco He now makes his home in Florida During the Balmoral meeting the stable of Mr and Mrs Marion VanBerg will be campaigned on three fronts Balmoral Detroit and Omaha Grover Noel is planning on shipping the horses of the Exchange Stable to Detroit The office of the Illinois Racing Board at Washington Park will be opened Monday to receive applications for licenses Frank Butzow will be bein in charge Percy Hodges will send 18 head to Omaha Omahaat at the end of the meeting and E B Shipp will ship the horses in his charge to the same point pointRoy Roy Dickerson to Take Brief Rest RestFriends Friends of starter Roy Dickerson are Jhappy to learn that he is well on his way to recovery However it is unlikely he will return to his post in the starters stand until the Balmoral meeting His assistant James Thomson has been doing avery good job of dispatching the fields here Bennett Parke who will hold down an official position at Balmoral arrived from Florida after having been delayed due to an auto accident The octogenarian turfman Jim Sands who has been in Veterans Hospital for several days may be able to put in an appearance before the session terminates Trainer John McDowell is spending a few days in Detroit on business Owner Oliver Collins is visiting from St Louis Fred Crafton says that 155 two yearolds 247 threeyearolds and 610 fouryearolds or older are registered here Claude Bourland Jr bought Miss Tidy Bar from V E Ashford Peggy Green bought Colaborador from F W Hooper M Whitebook sold the mare Helentown to E B Shipp and she will be sent to Mount Vernon 111 to be used as a broodmare

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