Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-05


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Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS — Chief of Chart Correspondents CHURCHILL, DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 4. — Enthusiasm displayed by many important Viriginia political figures for . Virginias native Hill Prince, may augur the introduction of a bill in the State Legislature, restoring legalized wagering. State Senator Raymond Guest, an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds himself, and State Representative Edwin Dejarnette were frequent visitors at the colts Doswell, Va., training quarters last winter, and Lieut.-Gov. Pat Collins is also one of the Derby prospects staunch admirers. Long before World War I., police raided the old Jamestown track, outside Norfolk, and, since that time, there has been only informal betting at Virginias hunt meetings. Charles T. Fisher, master of Dixiana, arrived from Detroit and lamented the fact that he has ho.. Derby starter .. Frank Conklin, well known in Canadian racing: and breeders* circles, arrived from his Brantdorf, Ont., home for the big event . Starter Reuben White reported today that he was all ready for any unlooked-for break. He has in addition to the regular 14-stall gate a six-stall addition. The mechanics checked the .apparatus yesterday and reported that it worked.. Everett Clay, the tub thumper for Hialeah, deserted the palm-fringed and flamingo habitated racing ground for Churchill Downs. He cast an affirmative vote that the Derby would be transferred to Hialeah next year. Del Holeman is all enthused over his new stallion, Condiment, a Greentree-bred. The noted New York racing establishment has reserved five seasons to the young horse . . .Warner Jones, the Kentucky owner and breeder, is all enthused over the record set by his trainer Bill "Red" Womeldorff in the past two weeks. The veteran in the final week at Keeneland and the first week here saddled 10 horses of which seven were returned winners. Thats something for the book... J. Samuel Perlman, who is the publisher of this paper, came on from New York for the big race and extended his congratulations to Bill Corum, who is handling the Derby job in masterful style .. Bill Rector from Oakland, Calif., who deals in automobiles, checked in from the Golden State. Yes, he likes Your Host. . .Clarence Bleicher, whose job when not racing is running the DeSoto Motor Corporation, came on from Phoenix, Ariz. Fred WendeU of Nebraska City, Neb, deserted his cattle business to root for Theory.- He is an adherent of the Ben ■ Jones school. . .Earl Steffen is not too sanguine over the Willowrene Farms Trumpet King facing the Derby starting gate. The colt came up with a "filled leg." Its not too dangerous said the trainer who was a better than average rider in his more youthful years... Jpckey Gordon Glisson, the sensation of last year in the riding ranks, will be here on Friday. He will ride Hawley, owned by Clifford Mooers, an ace of World War I., who changed from the skies to the oil wells with better results. Jockey Johnny Longden, who by the way is no stranger to the Derby scene, scoffed at reports that Your Host could not handle an "off" track. "Just watch him," was his terse summation. ..The toughest job in Louisville at, the moment is that of a hotel clerk. His old austere frigidaire look has given way to a sickly smile and a derisive finger points to the signs which reads "no rooms.". . .Thomas S. Bohne, dont you remember him in his association with the late E. R. Bradley, came on from Palm Beach to say hello... Leo Edwards, the chairman of the Florida Racing Commission, wired to hold everything until he got here. Hes strictly an Oil Capitol man... Jacob Sher, who owned Frere Jacques, and is a dominating factor in dog racing in Florida, is en route and will check in on Friday. . John Pappas, who is the presiding officer at Suffolk Downs, Is due here today from the back bay district. On Sunday he will return home. Charles B. Bohn of Detroit, who races a small but well balanced stable in his home town, is here. . .Harvey C. Frue-hauf of Detroit, the man who is responsible for those big truck bodies on the highway, you know the ones you cuss out when you cant pass them on hills, is on hand. His horses are in New York in charge of Frank J. Kearns. . .John F. Curry, the old chieftain of Tammany Hall in "Little Old New York," will not be here this year. He sent his sincerest wishes to Bill Corum for a big day. . .J. K. Houssels of Las Vegas, Nev., who raced a well balanced stable on the California, tracks for several years, will fly in tomorrow. . .Frank Frankel, who has enjoyed considerable success during the winter and spring in New York, flew In for a look-see. He was impressed by the sight. . .Horace Wade, bringing gala reports of the Gulf stream Park meeting, showed up to add additional copy to the Florida picture. j

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