Connors Corner, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-09


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_ Connors Corner By "CHUCK" CONNORS - , Chief of Chart Correspondents BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 8. — Everett Clay, the tub thumper at Hialeah Park down Miami way, rarely pver-. looks an opportunity it comes to having _that tracks name in the public print. When Count Turf bounced, home in the Derby, Clay made no Swhen secret of the fact that the colt raced and trained over the Hialeah strip. The same applied to the result of I Tuesdays Polynesian Purse when Count Turf downed Combat Boots and Bold. Today Ev sent on information that he will be here for the Belmont Stakes and for that race he has rooting interest in Battlefield, Count Turf, Royal Mustang and Pur Sang. This quartet trained over the resilient Hialeah strip and should one of these emerge the winner, Evs voice will no doubt be heard over the clatter of teletypes, telegraph instruments and the wails of the losers in the press box. He pens that "Things here are on the upswing. There has been a 15 per cent increase in visitors to the park this spring, and it looks like the Flamingoes are going to set a new course, record. Sixty-three birds have already hatched, and there are more than 50 other eggs still under incubation. The largest number of young birds hatched before was 74 in 1944. And then there are the school children, whove been pouring in by special train the last few weeks. A total of 4,023 youngsters from 11 Miami schools have been here for free soft drinks, postcards, folders — and a look at the Flamingoes." Aqueduct has added something new this year, an innovation that pleases horsemen at that, track. The secret came out the other morning when a passerby noted that the Aqueduct house flag was flying from the tallest mast qn the grandstand. The reason, an -Aqueduct-trained horse had won a stake at Belmont Park, and the victor was Hyphasis, owned by the Belair Stud. His success was followed by Ogden Phipps Busanda in the Suburban. Now, whenever an Aqueduct-trained horse comes bouncing home in a stake offering at an alien track the house flag will be flown the next day. Looks like they should fly a couple of flags for Jimmy Fitzsimmons for isnt he the leading trainer at this meeting and the only one to send out both parts of the Daily Double?. The two-year-old Band Stand, a son of Eight Thirty and Pharalet, owned by Mrs. Audrey Davies and trained by J. S. Nash, died from a tetanus infection at Aqueduct yesterday. The colt had started but once and came out of that engagement with bucked shins. Ben F. Whitaker came on from his Dallas, Tex., home and will remain until the Saratoga season. His horses are in charge of Jimmy Conway. . .Jake Litwin, the Cincinnati owner and breeder, came on from his home for a look-see at some eastern racing, to be topped by the Belmont Stakes . . H. P. Headley is here from his Beaumont Farm out near Lexington, Ky., and he plans a lengthy stay...R. J. Kleberg, master of King Ranch, planed back to his Coatesville, Pa., farm for a few days, but will be back for the week-end program . . .Trainer Walter Kelly reported that Jake Schiffers Cigar Maid, winner of two stake offerings, will next be seen under colors in the Astoria at Aqueduct. . .Mike C. Erlanger was among the afternoons visitors. He has a draft of horses in training at Jamaica. . .David Davis, son of the presiding steward at Waterford Park and patrol and paddock judge on New York tracks, entered the armed services at Jamaica today. . .Johnny MacGilvary, the old lawnster, made his appearance during the afternoon. The occasion was his second of the year...S. Bryce Wing, steward at Laurel and Pimlico, was on hand for a meeting of the hunts committee. He returned to Baltimore, but will be back on Monday for a longer visit. . . Janon Fisher, oi .Baltimore, shipped in three horses to be raced here... A. B. Hancock, after spending several days here, left for his Lexington, Ky., home... Frank Keeney, former owner, was among the afternoons visitors. He recently came on from his Miami, Fla., home. Trainer Frank Kearns reported that Piet, owned by Pete Markey, of Detroit, would be ready for his Queens County engagement at Aqueduct. The six-year-old scuffed himself in a trial and, while the injury is not serious, Kearns decided against any chance for further irritation. Piet will be through with the racing wars following this season and , next spring enter the stud in Kentucky. Continued on Page Thirty-Three Connors Corner Continued from Page Five Kearns also reported that the two -year -olds, Pops and Honey Jar, were shipped to Kentucky to be turned out for the remainder of the season .Walter Donovan, general manager of Garden State, forsook Camden for the afternoon and gave Belmont Park the once over. . . Fred Colwell of the Maryland official tsaff, is due here over the week-end for a lengthy stay. . .Reports from down New Orleans way are to the effect that a new stewards, and judges stand will be erected on the roof at the Fair Grounds for next winters meeting. George D. Wideners Battlefield arrived from Erdenheim Farm in good shape and, according to trainer Bert Mulholland, is ready for his engagements, the Peter Pan and the Belmont. . .Clem McCarthy, the old aircaster, delved into his books relative to The Pimpernel and Cigar Maid incident and admitted that he could find nothing in the books that could be classified as comparable. However, he furnished the information that Domino at nine, the same age as Pavot, had Commando and Cap and Bells, which were trained by Jimmy Rowe. Also that Man o War at seven had American Flag and Florence Nightingale and at eight Big Red had Crusader, Friars Carse and Edith Cavell. These as two-year-olds were top drawer, but had never passed the auction ring or had been trained by ex-jocks. He also recalled that Hamburg at eight had Hamburg Belle and Leonardas, who finished first and second in the Futurity. Thank you Clem. The information will be passed to the members in good standing of, the paddock gang. . .Sam H. McCormick7~secretary and treasurer of the Hialeah race course, was elected to the all-important post of bade County Community Chest president for the coming year. That job is probably one of the toughest the Hialeah official has taken on, for raising money for charity is no sinecure, winter or summer. The selections are: ACEFULL in the fourth; WAR KING in the fifth, and ON THE MARK in the seventh.

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