Connors Corner: Roseben Handicap Main Offering Saturday Race Honors Great Sprinter of Yesteryear Owner Bet Horse Would Set, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-26


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i 1 * ■ ■ Connors Corner — By Chuck Connors Roseben Handicap Main Offering Saturday Race Honors Great Sprinter of Yesteryear Owner Bet Horse Would Set Track Record BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 25.— The Roseben Handicap at seven furlongs is the fear tured offering for the Saturday program at this racing i 1 ground. The Roseben is for three- 1 * ■ ■ year-olds and over carrying a financial endowment of twenty grand. The event will be contested on the main track and some well-regarded sprinters are expected to draw starting assignments for this test. This event closed some three weeks ago with 32 nominations of which one died, Impromptu, and One was declared, Charlevoix. The Roseben is named for a sprint champion of years and years ago, one who set a track standard of seven furlongs over this strip on October 16, 1906. Roseben was ridden by Willie Shaw, while R. Powers was up on Beau Claire, the other starter in the race. Roseben went to the front at the start, they raced the opposite direction then as compared to now, and set a fast past. The fraction times were as follows: :12, " :23%, :35M , :46%, 1:10% and 1:22. Roseben was a prohibitive choice in the dash and plunger-owner Davy Johnson, it was reported, made some bets that Roseben would establish a new track record, which he did. Rosebens 1:22 for seven furlongs still stands at Belmont Park, although the world standard for that distance was later set at Hollywood Park by a horse named El Drag. He raced the-distance in 1:20. By the way, what happened to El Drag? There are no world beaters, when it comes to time, in the week-end feature, but some topnotch performers are available. How many of the 30 eligibles will answer the call is a question that had Jimmy Kilroe at a loss this morning. Guerin to Ride Poly Hi in Colleen Jockey Eric Guerin will go to Monmouth Park on Saturday to ride Poly Hi, owned by Mrs. S. George Zauderer, in the Colleen Stakes. Trainer George M. Odom will do the saddling. The filly will return here after the running. . . . Jockey Eddie Arcaro. will be at Delaware Park on Saturday to ride one of the Calumet Stable pair in the Delaware Handicap. Arcaro will be back here after the race. . . . John C. Clark was on hand yesterday for a brief visit. He came out to lend moral encouragement to his starter, Forward Look, who ran fourth. . . . Herbert Bayard Swope, one of the veterans of racing, witnessed the running of the Monday program. . . . Nahodah; owned by Montpelier, may _ be shipped here for his Roseben engagement, according to trainer Downey Bonsai. . . . Trainer Henry Clark of Christiana Stable left for Kentucky on a business mission. Bandit, the three-year-old by Fair Trial — Careless Nora, and owned by Claiborne Farm, was shipped to Kentucky yesterday. The colt went amiss in a recent trial and will be turned out for some time. . . . F. Ambrose Clark left for his farm, Cooperstown, N. Y., to • await the opening of the Saratoga Springs session. . . . Ally Sylvestre, a regular at Hialeah and here, left for Saratoga Springs to rest up awaiting that summer sea-" son. . . . Dan Chappell, the Miami barrister, was a clubhouse visitor yesterday. He later left for his Florida home, but promised that he would be back to attend the yearling vendues upstate. . . . Trainer Casey Hayes will go to Delaware Park Saturday to saddle Manotick in the rich handicap. Following that engagement the filly will be returned to her Belmont Park stall. Hayes will also saddle the two-year-old Gambler in a race here on Friday. Six Stakes to Close on Monday Mr. and Mrs. Myron Goodwin of Youngstown, Ohio, are here on a brief vacation. They own Jimmer, a starter in Wednesdays National Stallion. . . . Trainer Harold Goodwin reported that the firing irons will be applied to the two-year-old Boardwalk. The latter is suffering from a suspensory trouble. . . . Nominations for the Astoria, Astarita, Top Flight, Distaff, Dwyer and Brooklyn close on Monday, horsemen were so notified today. . . . Maurice Bernstein, of the Seventh Avenue haute monde, was out for the afternoon.

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