Connors Corner: Transporting Horses No Longer a Problem Advances Have Been Made in Past Decades Motor Vans Are Given Bulk of Assignments, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-02


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• — ■ .. .. . „ nem Connors Corner By Chuck Connors Transporting Horses No Longer a Problem Advances Have Been Made In Past Decades Motor Vans Are Given Bulk of Assignments JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 1. — Hirsch Jacobs was discussing horse transportation the other day and cited that horses -can leave Jamaica in the early hiorning • — ■ „ .. .. . hours hours and and arrive arrive in in Maryland Maryland in in hours hours and and arrive arrive in in Maryland Maryland in in time to fill, enegagements in afternoon- races. However, the greater number of trainers who van horses between New York and nearby points prefer an overnight rest for their charges prior to moving them to the starting gate an hour or so after arrival. The transportation, of horses between points has advanced with tremendous strides in the past decades. The The vanning vanning of of horses horses between between nem The The vanning vanning of of horses horses between between tracks- is by no means a. novel departure- since the advent of the mechanical, age. Around the turn of the century thoroughbreds were moved in style from one track to another in Paris, France. The racing grounds were not used for training purposes and owners maintained their own private training- quarters or boarded with outstanding trainers who had such facilities at their disposal. Anyway, the heavy draft animal was pressed into service and a team of these huskies, dragged a van-type lorry from the home training grounds to the racing strip. When the race was over the thoroughbred was bundled up against the drafts and was brought back to his own quarters. Dates Back to Pre-War Racing The introduction of motor horse vans in this country has over the years been a subject of debate among horsemen. The majority- are of the opinion that it was before World War I. in. New Orleans when horses were carted from the Fair Gorunds to Jefferson Park. The distance was a span of 10 or so miles, with no rail transportation and an adversion. on the part of stable employes to heel and; toe for the distance leading a thoroughbred. Anyway, the vanning of horses is now in the big business bracket The vans, according to horsemen, are much quicker than express shipments and is in the door-to-door classification. Today at Jamaica the vans coming over from Bel-, mont Park comprise a good-sized fleet. The shipments to Saratoga Springs from here are also by van. Anyway, horsemen, are beginning to look toward the future~ when the upper stratosphere will be the lanes assigned to the jet planes and the distance between New York, Chicago or the Coast wilt be cut down considerably. Anyway, dont expect the air speeds to be transmitted to the horses. That would- be a calamity, for what handicapper could come up with- a bundle of speed charts showing where Joe Zilch ran. a mile in 49 seconds and he was two seconds off the track record of 47 set by Little Red Horse a few hours before. Bill Knapp of. the local, official, staff planed out to Louisville, Ky., and the Derby. Bill is with the Kentucky Club Pipe Tobacco Company and. will aid. in the presentation activities to the winner of a contest sponsored; by the firm. . . . John. C. Clark was on hand to lend moral support to his starter in the Rosedale, Erian. The filly, disappointed- everyone. . . . Eugene Jacobs planed: back from- Loiusville, Ky., on business but will, fly back Friday, to saddle Martins Rullah in the big one. . . . Trainer F. C.: Cook stopped off on his way from Miami to Toronto to take over the horses owned by the Canadian, patron, G. Sherman. The horses are stabled at Woodbine. Cole Has Camden Stakes Mount Nelson I. Asiel was on hand yesterday and reported that his tworyear-olds are1 recovering from the cough and will be back in training in a~"day or so. He also stated that Tar Man is back galloping:. This fellow cracked a sesamoid lastspring and at present is going sound. . . . Sam Finkelstein, Jamaica boniface, was a Belmont Park visitor during- the morning: He witnessed several of his horses; undergo trials with trainer Larry Paradise. Jockey- Sidney Cole will go to Garden State on Saturday to ride-Wheatley Stables Gray. Phantom in a stakes engagement there Trainer Jim • Ryan left for Garden-State, where on Saturday he will saddle Ben Lomond, owned by Mrs. JohnR. H.Thouron, in a handicap at that track. The colt is due back here after, the race. - Jockey Bobby Ussery. will, handle Searching; owned by Mrs. Ethel Jaocbs, in- the Bed o Tioses Handicap here Saturday: . . . Jimmy- Kilroe reported that the early, response to the Toboggan, Fashion, Acom, Carter and Peter Pan, to be contested at Belmont Park; was -above expectations. The complete tabulations will be available in a few days. . . . The Greater New York Racing- Association. Catholic employes will hold then-annual communion breakfast on Sunday. Over 450 members will attend mass at* St Catherine of Sienna Church, Baisley Blvd.,. SC. Albans, at 9:00 a.m.. then proceed to the Jamaica race track- dining room for breakfast at 10:00 a. m. Francis P. Dunne, steward representing the New York State Racing- Commission, will be the toastmaster. Fred Capo sella planes, out to, Louisville, Ky., Friday. He will- broadcast, the Derby- on Saturday. . . . Lawdy Glaudy, winner of. the Rosedale Stakes, has a half-dozen reasons for her early speed. However, the Continued on Poge FortfrSeren • - - I - i ■ jt ,t lid I CONNORS CORNER t By CHUCK CONNORS - Continued from Poge Six big one is that she is a daughter of Wood-chuck, a sprinter that could sizzle. He won the Paumonok as a four-year-old for the Palatine Stable in 1352 in a sparkling 1:09%, with Jimmy Stout in the irons and trainer "Slim" Pierce beaming all over the place. That, by the way, remains the fastest time the ancient stakes, was ever run. . . . Trainer Elliot Burclv vanned Big Effort over from Belmont Park for a test over the local strip. The miss may be given an overnight race here prior to the running of the Acorn.

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