Smithwicks to Participate In Adjacent Hunts Meet: Essex Tries for Repeat Triumph In Connecticut Cup on May 24, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-14


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Smithwicks to Participate In Adjacent Hunts Meet MeetEssex Essex Tries for Repeat Triumph In Connecticut Cup on May 24 24NEW NEW YORK May 13 Persons named Pat and Mike figure importantly in many stories but Pat and Mike Smithwick top ranking steeplechase jockey and trainer have a unique story all their own ownThe The tall dark quietly modest boys are 31 and 29 respectively and both will partici ¬ pate in he llth annual Adjacent Hunts race meeting at Purchase N Y May 24 as the champion brother team of the 1957 jumping season seasonEssex Essex eightyearold timber horse owned by Mrs T A Randolph of Upperville Va and trained by Mike Smithwick will try to repeat his victory in the featured Con ¬ necticut Cup at Adjacent Hunts Either brother Pat will ride him or Joe Aitcheson Jr who booted him home first last year yearPat Pat who rode his mothers Craig to sec ¬ ond place honors in the rugged threemile overtimber cup last May is slated to ride in most of the seven events carded by John McNamee Sullivan chairman of the association staging the hunt meeting at which mutuel betting is permitted It is the only such race meet in New York State which does have such wagering wageringPat Pat and Mike divided top honors last year when Pat was crowned champion racewinning jockey with 30 victories and Mike was ranked first in both racewinning and moneyearning training categories They had it tough as they frankly concede in following Pete Bostwick as trainer of Mrs Ogden Phipps great chasing stable but they did match him and are headed for further acclaim this year both at Adjacent Hunts and such major tracks as Belmont Delaware Monmouth and Saratoga SaratogaPost Post time for the first race at the Blind Brook Turf and Polo Club course is 200 pm EDT All indications point to heavy entries of firstclass jumpers for the four upandover events and the three races on the flat flatThe The HeraldTribune Fresh Air Fund is the charity benefiting from the race meet this year

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