Connors Corner: Tidy Sum Added to Stakes; Joe Notter Visits Belmont; May 23 Is Tappen Natal Day; Richardson Veteran of Saddle, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-09


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck Connors BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y May 8 The New York associations wil distribute the tidy sum of 1181000 it for the first half of tht racing season or befon the trek to Saratoga Springs is undertaken This sum represents 5 offerings underwriter by Jamaica Belmon Park Aqueduct Empir City United Hunts ant Saratoga at Jamaica Belmont Park as to b expected tops the lis with 447500 for 2 ing Of this the Belmont Stakes is th most heavily endowed with 100000 added and second in importance is the Suburbai Handicap with 50000 added Jamaica which launched the Metropolitan season disbursed 285000 for 11 offerings topped bj the Gallant Fox and Wood Memorial The United Hunts champions a twoday meeting following the close of Belmont and has twc stake offerings for a gross of 16000 Ther conies Aqueduct with 312500 spread bvei 16 stakes Empire CityatJamaica has three offerings in its brief summer meet ¬ ing This is followed by SaratogaatJa maica with 65000 for four offerings SaratogaatSaratoga Springs has a note ¬ worthy list of offerings which are not in ¬ cluded in the grand total but add up tc 237500 Joe Notter one of the great jockeys oJ other years who rode Colin Whisk Broom JX and others made his first appearance of the season He retired from racing sev ¬ eral years ago Don Ameche of the films radio and TV was among the clubhouse visitors yesterday He will go to Pimlicc for the Preakness and head the Ben Jones rooting section Willie Booth will take over a few horses as the foundation of a public stable he will assemble this month Counterpoint is coming along nicely re ¬ ported trainer Syl Veitch of the C V Whitney menage and will be a handicap starter later in the summer Eddie Burke who came on from Louisville where he was represented in the Derby by Swoop left for his Miami home yesterday He reported that the colt came out of the race with several nasty cuts about the legs and will be on the shelf for some time Mr and Mrs John Hertz are leaving on a European holiday They plan to witness the Epsom Derby George Fish Tappen first assistant to Jim Fitzsimmons for a half century cele ¬ brates his natal day on May 23 A party is planned for the veteran Dr Alex Kaye medico to the jockeys on the New York tracks is a regular that is when his prac ¬ tice permits Tom Shaw and Tim Mara compare handicap figures during the after ¬ noons Both are kee i observers of how a race is run Herb Woolf the Kansas Citian plans to be here about Belmont time Frank Stevens president of the Stevens Crabbing and Fishing Association defied the doctors for a sneak visit the other afternoon Trainer Sol Rutchick re ¬ ported that Master Fiddle will next face the starter in the Peter Pan to be run on the final Saturday in May Tommy Hawkes the old railroader who was in charge of the Pennsylvania terminal until his retirement came out for a looksee and cut up a few old touches Jack ODare the van man reported that shipments to Delaware Park from here will be quite heavy heavyA A A A S SWarren Warren Mehrtens who hung up his tack this spring to become associated with the horse identification department is down to his former riding weight The exercise walking from barn to barn is the answer George McNulty of the admittance de ¬ partment stated that Walter Gleason is the oldest man in the crew Gleason in earlier years was stable foreman for John Rogers who trained for W C Whitney George D Widener is satisfied that Battle ¬ field will be a factor in the handicap events this year His New York debut was good in the opinion of his owner Tom Brophy from the Auld Sod keeps the paddock gang well informed on the racing situation over there He generally has a bundle of Irish papers that carry the news of interest to some of the expatriates expatriatesA A A A AJockey Jockey Warren Lane who less than a year ago was riding as a lightweight ap ¬ prentice was all smiles when he returned to the winners enclosure Wednesday aboard the successful steeplechaser Golden Fur ¬ long It was Lanes third try and his first success through the field Jockey Noel Richardson who rode here Wednesday was accepting his first mount on New York tracks in many years He is the westerner who rode Ligaroti in the controversial match race against Seabiscuit at Del Mar in 1938 The late George Woolf was on the Biscuit and the boys did everything but commit fouls in the run through the stretch Richardson retired from the saddle a couple of years later to operate a ranch in the Northwest He then returned to be one of the leading riders at the first meeting at Centennial Park Denver He is 39 years old Trainer Bert Mulholland is giving Jack Creevy credit for Battlefield returning to the races in such good condition Creevy cared for the Widener racer during the winter Rose Jet champion twoyearold filly of last year is expected to make her herseasonal seasonal debut in a week or two George GeorgeHearst Hearst of the noted family of publishers was a recent press box visitor Francis Horari manager of Shipwreck Kelleys boarding farm at Oyster Bay died yester ¬ day after a short illness

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