Sportsmans Park: Baird to Ride Sir Tribal in Handicap; In Battle With Meaux for Saddle Honors; Trainer George Stutts Out of Hospital, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-08


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Sportsmans Park By J. J. Murphy — Baird to Ride Sir Tribal in Handicap In Battle With Meaux for Saddle Honors Trainer George Stutts Out of Hospital SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero. 111., May 7.— Jockey Robert Lee Baird. who just returned from Mexico City Monday after having had a mount in an important three-year-old stake at that point Simday. has been engaged to ride the gray Sir Tribal in Saturdays 5,000 Sportsmans Park Handicap. Sir Tribal will be attempting to make amends for his defeat as an odds-on favorite in last week ends Nash Memorial in which he finished fourth after having been boxed in next the rail most of the way. Baird replaces Tony Skoronski, the Cicero jockey, who was aboard Sir Tribal in the Nash. On the face of it. the switch would appear to be a rebuff to Tony, who has been up on the Charles Fritz runner in many of his most important victories. However. Skoronski should not be too severely criti-, cized for Sir Tribals failure. They say one of the ear-" marks of a good rider is that he attempts to save ground with his charges, and Tony did just that on the gray runner. Next the rail from the start, he failed to find an opening until midstretch, and by that time the geldings speed, with his 122 pounds up, had been spent. Sir Tribal may get a better break in luck in the Sportsmans Park Handicap, which is one -sixteenth of a mile shorter than was the Nash. Age vs. Youth in Stretch Duel Baird. determined to take the laurels in the jockeys division at this track this spring, will be a busy fellow this week in his attempt to beat out Clarence Meaux for the honors. Baird is almost old enough to be Meauxs father, being 17 years the latters senior, so it will be age against youth in the battle down the stretch in the riding race. Both jockeys, although they have made occasional appearances at this course in the past, are riding regularly at Sportsmans for the first time this spring. Both jockeys are southerners. Baird hailing from Texas, aneT Meaux from Louisiana. It is probable that Meaux, too, will have a good mount in the week-end feature. He will most likely be on King Bebe, who was a surprise winner of the Nash. Incidentally, six of Meauxs last eight winners have paid over 6-1. Among them were Arracado, 7.00; High Lama. 5.40: King Bebe, 6.40, and Chance Snow. 2.50. Others were Wedding March. 4.60: Bold X., 4.20, and Hardsea, .00, and Host Gogi. the only favorite. .80. Meaux may truly be termed the long-shot rider of the meeting. One of the younger brigade of racing officials regarded as most likely to succeed arrived from the West yesterday and visited Sportsmans Park this morning. He is Tommy Trotter, who just recently compiled his first term as racing secretary at the Turf Paradise track at Phoenix and will be chief assistant to Fred Burton at the Balmoral-Arlington-Wasington Parks meetings. Trotter, who received his preliminary education under two of the greatest — Jack B. Campbell and Frank Kilroe — reports that Turf Paradise had a highly successful meeting, and that he was happy with his chore. . . . Another who graduated from the Lind-heimer-controlled tracks to be one of the top men of Phoenix racing Is Vasco Parke, who will leave the Arizona city Sunday and report for the opening of Balmoral on Monday. Parke was director of racing at Turf Paradise. * Sledge String Going to Omaha Trainer George Stutts, who recently suffered a cracked bone in his hip when kicked by a. horse, has been released from the hospital. . . . Jack Welch, prominent Kentucky breeder who has a couple of horses here, was an arrival from Lexington. . . . Trainer Taters Whatley announced that he would ship all the Olen Sledge runners to Omaha at the conclusion of this meeting. . . . The stable of Mis. Charles Silvers, whose runners had a successful season in Chicago last year, is back again with 16 head. They are stabled at Washington Park and are in charge of trainer John Noble, who replaced Tom Kelley during the winter. Mrs. Silvers was the third leading money-winning owner at the Sportsmans Park meeting last fall. . . . Another stable to check in was the Broadmoor Farm Stable in charge of trainer Milton Kite. They came from Florida. . . ~ Burnt Child, a good runner, was unable to make the turns successfully in his recent outing here. Only woman trainer to make an appearance in Chicago this season is Mrs. D. J. Kennedy, who brought 11 head owned by herself, and Tinkham Veale II. from Gulfstream Park. . . . Trainer Charlie Ken- will send the horses in his care to Hazel Park this week end. . . . Recent visitors included Jack Maissell, St. Louis owner. He was accompanied by his daughter. . . . Following the meeting, patrol judge Ray Hopton will go to ThistleDown, where he will be assistant to Pat Farrell in the racing secretarys office. . . . Myron Smith will ship his entire string to Omaha. . . . Roy T. McDonnel is sending Ruche, Rado Image and Alacorte to the Ak-Sar-Ben meeting. . . . Patrol judge Henry Hauer is going to Cahokia Downs as placing judge. . . . Marion VanBerg intends racing horses at Chicago, Detroit and Omaha this summer. . . . Trainer Byron Wise may run Continued on Page Forty-On* I SPORTSMANS PARK By J. J. MURPHY Continued from Poge Tbt some horses at BalmoraJ during the first week of the meeting before shipping to Hazel Park. . . . Luther Shelton intends sending 14 head to Detroit. . . . Placing judge John C. Daniel will be assistant racing secretary to Larry Bogenschutz at Randall Park. . . . Racing secretary Robert P. McAuliffe will be a steward at Hazel Park.

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