New York News and Notes, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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New York News and Notes BELMONT PARK, New York, N. Y.. May 9. Trainer J. W. Healy was the first to take advantage of Widener course training facilities, when he sent three of the Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. string down the long straightaway which will be returned to more frequent use during the meeting. Two weeks ago, the strip was six inches deep in rye grass sown soon after the close of last years fall meeting, and served as a protector of the valuable top soil. Intensive raking, followed by harrowing, has restored the "about seven furlongs" strip to condition equalling that of the juvenile and main courses. The 44th running of the Fashion Stakes, a juvenile event, will be the first event of the season over the Widener course. Captain W. J. Blunt, of the New York state police, was gratified this morning by the response of trainers to his plan for a mounted division to be used in an emergency. Maj. T. H. McCreery was selected to lead 22 others, among them Lt. Hugh Fontaine and Lt. Holly Hughes, who earned their rank in the last war. Sherrill Ward, Jack Howard, Graceton Philpot and Eddie Hayward were some of the others who have volunteered. George Strate, with Hugh Nesbitts Staretor, winner of the Hollywood Derby and runner-up in the Kentucky Derby of 41, checked in, as did Roy Waldron, with 18 of the Milky Ways horses, headed by Dogpatch. The Milky Way juveniles are liberally engaged in the many stake events of the meeting. They are said to be a highly promising lot. There are now 150 steeplechasers in training at Belmont and on nearby estates. The latest to arrive were J. B. Balding, with six head owned by John Hay Whitney. Among them were Massa and Cupid, who ran one-two in the Agua Caliente Gran Nacional. Another important addition was that of the Bayard Sharp string, trained by former jockey Willie Passmore. Twenty-two of Col. E. R. Bradleys string now quartered here are headed by Bless Me. Best Seller, the Idle Hours hope for handicap honors, ttrrived from Pimlico, after fulfilling his Dixie engagement. They are in charge of Jimmy Smith, who has succeeded William Hurley because of the latter s critical illness. Sir War, the Circle M Ranchs Withers hope, headed five others that arrived from Churchill Downs in charge of W. T. Anderson. Twenty-eight of the Calumet Farms main division weree joined by Whirlaway and seven others today. JAMAICA, New York, N. Y., May 9. Jockey Joseph Delucia was a visitor at the track today. Delucia has been recuperating at his home in Newark, N. J., from injuries received in a fal Hast fall at River Downs. He plans to depart for Lincoln Fields and will report to trainer Harry Trotsek upon his arrival. Of the thirteen two-year-olds entered in Wednesdays Youthful Stakes five were purchased as yearlings at public auction. Corona Corona cost ,500, Hoosier Wolf ,000, Alpine Ace ,900, Joe Burger, ,000 and Stylus 00. Wayne Wright received permission from the broadcasting network to limit himself to two words in his radio talk after the Derby. They were: "Hello, Nadi" intended for his wife, who was listening in. They were married a year ago last November. A. J. Joyner is vacationing at his North Carolina birthplace, Weldon, for a few weeks. He is visiting his younger relations in that sector. The veteran plans to be at Belmont Park for a day or two during the spring meeting. Last year the W. E. Boeing colors were white with a red ball back and front. They have been changed to a red block — thus lacking any suggestion of the Nipponese flag. Knox Osborne reported this morning that he would take over a draft of the H. P. Headley horses now at Pimlico. The other members of the stable will be shipped to Suffolk Downs. Pomayya was advanced to class "A" in the graded handicap, while Blue Water, Park Bench, Lanova and Equitable were placed in class "C" for four-year-olds and upward. Horsemen wishing to make stall reservations for Saratoga are requested to make applications early. The meeting of the Saratoga Association will run from July 27 to August 30. Frank Christmas reported this morning that Lady Gossip had dropped a filly foal by Pilate at Foxmeade Farm. The youngster is eligible for Maryland races. Jockey Willie Day was fined 5 for misuse of his jockeys guild badge. He was also denied use of the button for a period of 20 days. Starter Ira Gregory checked in from Miami. His first flag wielding will be at Wheeling, W. Va., which opens its meeting on May 28. Jockey John Gilbert was inocculated with anti-tetanus shots to avoid any repercussions of infection from El Caballero. It was alleged that the horse died from rabies. A notice warning horsemen that the supplementary nominations for this years Belmont Stakes are due before May 15 has been posted. An innovation for the patrol judges at this meeting is glass-enclosed stands. They are located at the top of the stretcfi and at the three-eighths pole. Joseph Helgut, comptroller of the Hollywood Jockey Club of Los Angeles, was among the visitors. He is a guest of steward Francis P. Dunne. George D. Wideners juvenile filly Witch-water has enabled apprentices W. Mann and R. Delaney to graduate into the ranks of winning riders at this meeting. Gilbert Riley, a former rider and now employed by trainer Bill Hicks as an exercise boy. will be inducted into the Army I on May 18. Trainer Tom Waller will ship the horses that he has at Pimlico to Empire City on Monday. The horses will be vanned to [ Belmont Park for their engagements. Trainer Leonard Wilson has resigned as trainer of the horses owned by the Lex-I brook Stable. The horses are intended for a Detroit campaign. I Eddie Arcaro and his agent, Nick Huff, I I will return from Maryland on Monday, in J time to accept mounts at Belmonts open- . J ing. I C. H. Trotters Coupon, which bled dur-| ing the running of Wednesdays third race, l has been placed on the stewards list. Trainer J. P. Smith brought the filly What Not for Hugh McD. Fenwick from John Hay Whitney. Another visitor is Al Ketchel. owner of • a small string, who will stay here for sev- - eral days before returning to New England. i C. C. Milo Vega, secretary of the Florida - Racing Commission, was on hand today e a guest of Herbert Bayard Swope. s Specs Crawford will stable four Jumpers - at Aqueduct for that meeting. They are due next week.

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