Connors Corner: Three Stakes Remain on Jamaica Agenda Belmont Has Imposing Array of Features Spring Races Popular with New Yorkers, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-17


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...j:""1" ■ " I Hhand : SBandw ■* —■ Connors Corner » ■ By Chuck1 Connors Three Stakes Remain on Jamaica Agenda Belmont Has Imposing Array of Features Sprint Races Popular With New Yorkers JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 16.— The stakes and handicap agenda at Jamaica is growing thinner with the Wilson, Fashion and Bellerose remaining on the ...j:""1" ■ " I program. program. The The Wilson Wilson and and Belle- program. program. The The Wilson Wilson and and Belle- Belle-rose are under handicap conditions, the first for three-year-olds and over, while the Bellerose is for fillies and mares. The monetary endowment is in keeping with that of the so-called minor stakes offerings of the meeting. The Wilson, named for Richard T. Wilson, former president of the Saratoga association, is at six furlongs while the Bellerose is over over the the mile mile and and one one furlong furlong —■ over over the the mile mile and and one one furlong furlong distance. The Fashion is for two-year-old fillies. This offering, long a fixture at Belmont Park, was added to the Jamaica agenda to eke out the stakes program and no doubt will attract the largest field of the three. Belmont Park has an imposing array of stakes and handicaps. The Nassau County course took over, with few exceptions, those offerings usually contested at Aqueduct. In assigning his dates, racing secretary and handi-capper Jimmy Kilroe chose the well regarded Carter as the Memorial Day feature. This seven furlongs event, which was catapulted into national fame by a triple dead-heat for first place in 1944, is now looked upon as a stepping stone to the Metropolitan, Suburban and Brooklyn. This seven furlongs offering is a 0,000 affair and will lure some of the better sprinters in training. Sprint races have over the years been popular with New Yorkers, the size of the fields and the "tote boards" are ample proof, and many horsemen are of the opinion that a series of sprints should be part of the agenda during the summer months. Accent on Juveniles at the Spa Belmont Park in addition to the Cartel will present the Shevlin at seven furlongs, the Toboggan, Roseben and the Distaff. The latter is for fillies and mares. Saratoga Springs on the other hand has few offerings for sprinters. The up-state organization leans more to the two-year-old offerings. The American Legion Handicap is one of the few that is fashioned for older horses at A sprint distance and horsemen suggested that at least two other offerings over the six or seven furlongs distance be programmed for the sprinters. Trainer Hirsch Jacobs returned from Pimlico where he supervised the final trial of Promised Land for the Preakness. He will return to the Maryland scene Saturday morning to saddle his charge for the race. . . . Charles Bloch, the Miami Beach patron, relayed word that he plans to be here over the week end for some racing. . . . Mrs. John S. C. Bryce, she races under the nom de course of the Mill River Stable, was a Belmont Park visitor this morning. . . . Trainer Johnny Nerud will ship First Served, owned by J. J. Crowley, to Lincoln Downs to start in the final stakes offering of that track. . . . Harry Isaacs returned to Baltimore following the running of the Champlain Stakes yesterday. He was represented in the offering by Infatuation. The filly was also returned to the Maryland scene this morning. Owner R. Hakim stated yesterday that he had sold one half interest in the French-bred mare Torretta to Frank Christmas. He made the statement to correct the original belief that Qhristmas had acquired full and complete ownership in the alien. . . . Trainer Jack Weipert shipped Inside Tract to Pimlico to start in the Preakness for the Lilly Ann Stable. The decision was a last minute one on the part of Weipert. Inside Tract was a 2,500 claim at Belmont Park last summer. . . . The first straw skimmer of the season was in evidence yesterday. The owner was Tim Mara and the clubhouse set promptly dubbed it as a repeater from last year. Arnstein Confirms Pending Nuptials Danny Arnstein was discharged from the Harkness Pavillion hospital following his annual check up. He later left for LOs Angeles and confirmed the reports that he will marry Miss Patricia Powell within the next two weeks. . . . Leo Earheart, a New York regular, returned from his annual Florida vacation and joined the clubhouse delegation. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper, from Dublin, Ireland, were visitors during the afternoon. He is well known in Irish racing and breeding circles. . . . Nate Herzfeld dropped in to say hello and reported that the weather conditions were ideal. . . . Mrs. Tad Legere reported that the improvements at Columbia, S. C, winter training center are completed. The major one was construction of a new bed for the racing strip which assures an improved surface for next winter. She also reported that both state and civic governments had written letters of approval for the Columbia center due to the publicity accrued during the winter and spring months. . . . Trainer A. G. "Bob" Robertson relayed word that he hopes to be discharged from the Harknes Pavillion Hospital over the week end. He entered the institution suffering from a bladder ailment and the medics are satisfied that he is on the mend.

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