Chicagoland: Tom Kelley Has Full Brothers Under Wing; Our Colonel Seen as Good as Roman Colonel; Round Table to Race on Turf When Possible, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-07


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■Kill — fl Chicagoland By Teddy Cox Tom Kelley Has Full Brothers Under Wing Our Colonel Seen as Good as Roman Colonel Round Table to Race on Turf When Possible SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 6.— Program Scribblings: Tommy Kelley has full brothers under his wing at Washington Park who may make history this season in the races fashioned for horses that come under the Illinois breeders act. Last season he developed the fine colt Roman Colonel, who carried off honors in the two most important races decided under the program. They were the Mr. Lincoln Stakes and the Hawthorne Breeders Handicap. The bay son of Ky. Colonel — Roman Grace, by Roman, was also third in the Joliet and was second in the " Land of Lincoln Stakes here at Sportsmans Park, Kelley tells us that one of his prize juveniles at the moment is Our Colonel, who is a full brother to Roman Colonel. Thus, he will have able representatives in both the two-year-old and three-year-old events for Illinois horses. Both horses fly the silks of Mr. and Mrs. E. Wortmans Silver Creek Farm and they were raised in southern Illinois. Tommy Trotter, who has been assistant racing secretary for several years at Arlington, Washington and Balmoral, has opened his offices for business at Washington Park and will hold forth until the arrival of his chief, Charlie McLennan. Tommy is a popular young man whose late father was an accomplished trainer before his tragic disappearance, along with Albert Snider, in the Florida Keys. Tommy, incidentally, reports another addition to the family. James Barry Trotter arrived a couple of weeks ago to join brothers Thomas and Timothy and his sister Maureen. . . . Bill Sheridan, who usually makes his presence felt around the racing secretarys office, came on from Maryland with William Hal Bishop, for whom he serves as stable agent. He is also booking mounts for Harold "Red" Keene. Diamond, Johnston Convalescing Bill Molter says Round Tables next serious move will come later in the week. "He came out of his first work since his temporary retirement in grand shape," Molter reports. He adds that he will still seek to train his notable charge on the turf whenever possible. . . . Both Jack R. Johnston, vice-president of Sportsmans Park, and Lou Diamond, the publicity director, are reported to be doing fine as they continue to recover from recent illnesses. The canny Johnston keeps abreast of Sportsmans activities from his hospital bed. . . . Woodchuck Willie and Mighty Baker have been sent to Vernon D. Feins farm for repairs and rest cures. . . . Norman A. McMaster sent the plater Doo Dee Woo to Cahokia Downs, where the competition wont be so exacting. Just not good enough for local competition. . . . Sidney C. Gray purchased Steparay. a two-year-old, from Claude Bourland Jr. . . . Noble "Donkey" Bishop prepared the stabling area for the arrival of the big William Hal Bishop stable. He is Hals brother and a "Johnny-on-the-Spot" guy whenever he is needed. Walter Haljean, agent for Gene Curry, is now a proud granddaddy, for his daughter, Mrs. Jean Matale, gave birth to a 734 -pound baby girl. Mother and daughter are doing well at the Garfield Park Hospital. . . . Washington Park will have an entirely new look when it opens the Balmoral meeting. Instead of the drab green paint that has been used for many years, it will sport a bright white. The difference in appearance is utterly astounding. ... Ed "Bundle Boy" Meloncon was responsible for a crab feast here the other day when the shipped 20 dozen of the savory crustaceans from his native New Orleans. Next on the agenda, he says, is a load of crawfish, but he says they have not been running good this year. Meloncon will ship to Ohio after this meeting. Farrell Here on Business John Hanley packed his riding tack and departed for Cahokia Downs. : . . Dick McKay and S. G. Strain, who own the M. and S. Stable, arrived from their home at White River, South Dakota. Their horses are trained by W. L. Dorsey. . . . Pat Farrell, who presently serves as a steward at Ascot ark, received special permission from the Ohio Racing Commission to spend a day here. Farrell is attempting to line up stables for ThistleDown, Randall Park and Latonia, where he serves as racing secretary. He also reports that the new Latonia course is 10 days ahead of construction schedule, and that virtually all of the steel and concrete work has been completed. . . . Its good to see Bobby Mundorf back in saddle after 10 days on the ground. The veteran usually employs a great deal of skill in the saddle, but didnt employ good judgment in his failure to report a sore horse to the stewards, for which he was suspended. Fred Wilkie has checked his tack and will ride out the remainder of the meeting. The apprentice has ridden 63 winners. He is under contract to Frank E. Fitzgerald and is a welcome addition, for there are only a handful of apprentices on the grounds. Gene "Sammy Sneed" Skinner is his booking agent. . . . Claude Elbert Ogle has a small stable at Washington Park. He is the 24-year-old son of the veteran trainer, L. E. "Edge" Ogle, and his uncle, George Ogle, was also a trainer of note. Young Ogle is training for the Chicago turf patron, Charles S. Handelman.

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