Between Races, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-13


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— " -1 Between Races By Oscor Otis GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N, J., May 12. — On Monday, a landmark of turf jurisprudence will begin to unfold in the New New Hampshire Hampshire courts courts New New Hampshire Hampshire courts courts when Everett L. "Chubby" Wilson of Los Angeles will go on trial as the alleged master mind behind, a tampering case last year at Rockingham Park. William N. Weaver, a groom who is said to have carried out Wilsons instructions, will turn states evidence evidence after after havlner having " — -1 evidence evidence after after havlner having been in jail since last October. Weaver was unable to make bond on the charges that he sponged a starter in a Rockingham race. The case is a landmark in more ways than, one, for it has in effect proved the efficiency and merit of the TRPB as an investigative unit on a national scope. The Wilson case had ramifications from coast to coast, and it might be remarked that the clinching evidence upon which Wilson was indicted was obtained over the long distance telephone. Weaver, remorseful, agreed to phone Wilson cross country to ask for further instructions and advice, and the resultant conversation was truly "enlightening." In addition to the salient national aspect of the case was the close co-operation afforded the TRPB by the Rockingham Park track and New Hampshire state authorities. W. Rises Mahoney, the pari-mutuel chieftain, lias set some sort of a record in "tote" circles by managing:, personally, three plants simultaneously. Mahoney is the top executive here at Garden State Park, at Pimlico, and at the New Yonkers Trot Raceway. As might be imagined, the man is one of the areas leading: commuters. He can accomplish the feat only through the employment of able key aides, Tom Down in Jersey, S. L. Blondell at Pimlico, and Boyd Timanus at Yonkers. All three have risen from the ranks, and have had personal experience, in all phases of "tote" operation, from serving as messengers to money room clerks. Incidentally, Mahoney has added something new for Garden State patrons which he believes makes this South Jersey plant perhaps the most modern in the nation. Signs of newly developed fluorescent plastic light up, pointing the. way to the pari-mutuel windows, and those directing the flow of traffic to the Daily Double wickets can be turned off after the wagering- on the Double is closed. The signs are so designed as to fit into the harmony of the Garden State decorative motif, which is green and white, and includes ancient Virginian "porticos" at selling and cashier windows. Speaking of modernity, Gene Mori and his associates in Garden State believe the grandstand ring will be the flossiest in the nation come fall. Its even fancier than the clubhouse area. Ceilings have covered up the rafters, and floors will be reconverted from concrete to non-skid rubberized linoleum. The reconversion, which wilt be completed this summer, will enable the grandstandees Continued on Page Thirty-Eight I . BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS Continued ftom Page Three to enjoy even frreater luxury than their less-fortunate fellow citizens in the clubhouse. Dan and Janet Kelly, the Philadelphia sports people, have launched a farm operation in Pennsylvania which, while not s yet to be termed major, is steadily expanding and which only can add to the slowly but ever growing prestige of the "main line" as a thoroughbred production center. The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Breeders Association is taking on new vigor, and its members are lending wholehearted support to its officers, Arthur E. Pew. Jr., president, R. K. Mellon and Walter M. Jeffords,-directors. As might be expected in this area-, interest in the thoroughbred is accentuated through the showing of yearlings in the many horse shows and hunt meetings so popular with the citizenry. The Kellys right now are quite proud of one of their first Penn-breds, a colt by Beau of Mine from the crack Brigade mare?, Mary Shulz. He is a full brother to Jaleen, who was "classy" enough to finish third in the Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware Park. Beau of Mine may not ring a bell with some, but he Is a Bradley-bred son of Cohort — Baba Kenny, she the dam of Bee Mac and Better Self. Kelly purchased him as a two-year-old from Bradley, raced him with more than a modicum of success, and now stands him, along with a growing band of mares, at the Mapleton farm of David Dallas ODell. Mapleton has 176 acres of Kentucky seeded blue grass, is located near Malvern. Horses »nd People: Sherman Riace, the old rider of jumping mules, but more lately trainer for film funnyman Lou Costello, reports the Hollywoodian will tarry in Jersey from June 10 through the 23rd awaiting: transportation to Europe, where he will convert his extensive foreign bank balances into thoroughbreds for campaigning and breeding in this country.. A lifetime ambition to be a "big league" horse announcer has been realized here this season by Morris Tobe, the voice of the Garden State. horns. Tobe worked in public relations for four years, at the unpretentious task of gathering track notes, waiting for his chance. Eugene Mori was persuaded to hear him work at the Freehold Trots, and he was promptly hired for this track post when a conflict in commitments made the job available . . Centennial Park, Denver*. will have its barns open for horses, on schedule, come Monday. Delaware Park, where horsemen almost club one another to get stall space because of the richness of its program and the fine tone of its racing, clearly recognizes that the betterment of the breed lies in offering the greater rewards to the better horses, i.e., grade purses. A notice in its newly published stakes book says "in an effort to give the public the best possible class of racing we have programmed a number of races for the better class of horses. The races for the better class horses carry a higher purse value than we expect to offer in instances where these races fail to fill." In other words, the management is not guaranteeing its condition book excepting when the book fills, which most people in America are beginning to agree is fair, as long as there is a substantial minimum, which, of course, there is at Delaware. The National Association of thoroughbred Breeders in effect endorses the grading .of purses. 4

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