Connors Corner: Comprender Usted Espanol, Senor Cassidy?; Influx of Latin Americans Poses Problems; Harry Palmer Assigned Role of Interpreter, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-14


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CONNORS CORNER *ctetG»», BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 13. — Joe Kyle, clerk of the scales at Hialeah last winter, said that he was going to take up conversational Spanish. The foreign language, he insisted, was a must to keep up with the daily doings of the many Latin American jockeys and trainers who winter at that racing ground. The announcement was greeted with derisive guffaws by other members along with George Cassidy, who was one of the prime movers in using Kyle as a needle cushion. Now it appears that Kyle will be in a position to reverse the "needling" on the starter for, a glance through the number of grass horses on hand awaiting the race over the turf course is the equivalent of an international settlement. In addition to the usual quota of" foreigners such as English and Irish, there are French, Chilean, Brazilian and Argentinians, plus a few homebreds. Anyway, Kyle in glancing over the list quickly sent a few emissaries to Jamaica with instructions to pick up j. few books, "Foreign Languages at a Glance," which he will present to Cassidy. When that deed became known to the members of the Paddock Gang some interpreters were engaged for duty. Alas and alack, that plan fell by the way side. The interpreters were considered too attractive and distracting, not to the horses but to Cassidy and his crew. It was also pointed out that many of the spectators would lind an excuse to wander into the center field and then stroll over to the starting point to study, at first hand, the technique of starting horses from the stall gates. Anyway, it was later reported that Cassidy had a linguist in his crew, Harry Palmer, who served at Tiajuana in various capacities and also was no stranger to the grounds at Oriental Park in Cuba. . . . Miss Sally Headley and Dennis Noviello were interested spectators at Belmont Park yesterday afternoon as the guests of trainer E. Barry Ryan. The youngsters were extended greetings and wished the best of luck, for they are to be married on June 26 at Lexington, Ky. The bride will be given away by her father, Duval Headley, president of Keeneland, horse owner, breeder, trainer and man about racing grounds in addition to being a judge of mellow bourbon and an epicure when it comes to hog jowls and greens. Ryan said that the Comprender Usted Espanol, Senor Cassidy? Influx of Latin Americans Poses Problems Harry Palmer Assigned Role of Interpreter nuptials will be celebrated far and wide and that Lexington will long remember the day. Jockey Jerry Truman, who was sidelined by injuries for over 11 months, was given clearance yesterday by Dr. Alexander Kaye to resume riding. The Los Angeles youth let out a few whoops and hollers, picked up a phone and said that he was taking the first train to New Jersey and would be on hand today to start galloping horses. Dr. Kaye pronounced the lad one of the most cheerful youngsters he ever dealt with and further stated that he was as game as a pebble. The reinsman was a victim of a spill in New Jersey less than one year ago, and in addition to a broken leg suffered head injuries. Dr. Kaye relieved the pressure on his head and while on a trip to Hialeah during the winter Truman galloped a few horses. Anyway, the chief surgeon of the Physicians Hospitalism Jackson Heights, said that the boy was in good shape and notified the New Jersey Racing Commission to that effect. R. N. Webster, the New York advertising man and owner of a pretentious menage under Lucien Laurin, planes back from his winter home, Delray Beach, Fla. to witness the running of the Acorn on Saturday. He will be represented in that race by Quill, best of her sex as a juvenile last year. . . Jack OHara, timer on the New York tracks, underwent surgery at the Physicians Hospital yest erday. He hopes to be discharged next week. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Massey, of Pittsburgh, Pa., they race under the nom de course of the Grandview Stable, were among yesterdays visitors. They flew in from Miami, Fla., where they attended . the -funeral services of Mrs. Leo Edwards. Ben Blair, one of the veterans of racing, was among the arrivals. He came on from California and will remain for some time. . . . Skeeter Shapoff, according to reports received here from California, is hospitalized with heart trouble. . . . T. P. Morgan came on from his Texas home in a roundabout way. The trip included Lexington, Louisville and Garden State. . . . W. C. Partee, the Magnolia, Ark., patron, is here for a few days. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Seider, they formerly raced a draft of horses with the late John Coburn, relayed word that they will be among those present Saturday. They recently returned from a world tour which included visits to racing grounds in many countries. Han*y Hecht planed up from Baltimore to welcome his recent European acquisition, Argol n. The French-bred is scheduled to clear quarantine today and will be later vanned to Baltimore. He is by Migoli, the sire of Gallant Man and from an Admiral Drake mare. . . . Jockey Charley Burr will ride Natalie for the Claiborne Stud in the Acorn. . . . Trainer Jim Ryan reported that the steeplechaser Highland Brigade was jumped upon in his lone start here and will be an absentee for some time. . . . Trainer George Nugent arrived this morning with the filly New Star, owned by Mrs. D. F. Stewart. . . -JVTr. and Mrs. John R. H. Thouron motored up from their Wilmington, Del., home for some racing. . . . John W. Jacobs, came down to Baltimore, Md., this morning to ready Our Dad, qwned by his sister, Patrice, for the Preakness. He will also visit the Maryland farm maintained by his father. On the trip to the farm he will be accompanied by Isidore Bieber. Jimmy Kilroe has posted notices to owners and trainers that due to the new intercommunicating telephone system installed here, the extension telephone numbers for entry clerks are 209 and 227. The new system is also available for dialing of all phone extensions inside the grounds. . . . Mrs. George M. "Julia" Odom was on hand yesterday, her first visit since her discharge from the Roosevelt Hospital following surgery several weeks ago. . . . Bayard Sharpe, whose Troilus accountedfor the Flamingo was present for the afternoon. . . . Trainer Jim Fitzsimmons, following a 10-day siege of illness, was back on the job this morning. He reported that he was a good as ever. . . . Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Christopher, the Miamians, relayed word that they are motoring to Hollywood Park, where their horses are with Harris Brown. Mrs. Brown, who, was thrown from a horse over the weekend at that track, is not as seriously injured as first reports indicated.

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