Connors Corner: Queens Plate Run on Saturday; Fixture Dates Back to 1860; Show Racing Heritage Prevue; Cigar Maid to Race at Spa, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-21


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck Connors BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 20. — The "Triple Crown" comprises! the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Bel- j mont Stakes, the three leading spring and early summer offerings for three-year-olds. There is much ado made about the traditional values of the three offerings and. their respective places in thoroughbred history. The Derby has an unbroken skein since its first running in 1875. The Belmont was founded eight years earlier but has a gap of two years, 19il and 1912, when racing was suspended in New York. The Preakness was first run in 1873 but there are gaps in the span of this event and for a period of 14 years it was run over the old Gravesend track. This all leads up to the fact that the Queens Plate will be contested at Woodbine, . Toronto, Ont., over the week-end. This fixture is in point of continuity the oldest stake on the American continent. The first; running was in 1860 and each succeeding year the offering was presented. To retain the unbroken skein, the officers of the .Ontario Jockey Club sought and obtained permission from the Canadian government to run the event in 1918. One year previous during the summer * of 1917 at: the height of World War I the government suspended racing for the duration. The race was contested in 1918 under war-time conditions. When racing was resumed in 1919 the then Kings Plate was returned to its post of honor on Canadas racing calendar and with all the panoply and trappings which attended the offering. Red-coated troopers, bands and royalty or representatives thereoff paid homage to king horse. The race is named in honor of Englands monarch, who annually awards the winning owner a bonus of 50 guineas in addition to the purse. The event attracts but little attention this side of the border but in traditional age it is still daddy of all races. AAA The presidents of the five New York tracks, Cyrus S. Jullien, Aqueduct; George D. Widener, Belmont; James Butler, Empire City; John A. Morris, Jamaica, and F. S. von Stade of Saratoga Springs, have turned movie impressarios. They will present the first showing of the RKO-Pathe movie "Racing Heritage" at the Waldorf next Tuesday. The prevue will follow a cocktail party which may partly cloud the efforts of a lot of budding actors such as i * Plate Run i Queens on Saturday Fixture Dates Back to 1860 Show Racing Heritage Prevue Cigar Maid to Race at Spa Jim Roach. Max Hirsch, he plays the romantic lead. Alfred Vanderbilt, John. Gav-er, Mr. Fitz, Preston Burch, Marshall Cas-sidy, Francis Dunne, Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and a host of others and some pretty good horses play themselves against the background of Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct. AAA Charlie Bloch, of Miamis Park Avenue, returned, to the Florida center following a lengthy sojourn in these parts . . . Mose Rauzin came on from Miami and plans to remain until after the Belmont. He has several horses 4ri training . . I Bad luck seems to be the lot of Willie "Deacon" Jones. The young Virginian, has had two of his charges disqualified at this meeting. The first was Chee Oaks, moved back to last from first place, and one week later In the Van moved back from second place . . .The all night rains and a sloppy track failed to deter training operations for trie Coaching Club Oaks. Ampola and Lily White, two of the potentials, were sent through their paces during the training hours. . .Ben Jones is expected here to saddle RealT elight for Calumet Farm for the Oaks. Following this race the miss, Bubbley and Mark-Ye-Well will be shipped to1 Chicagos Arlington Park. AAA Trainer Walter Kelley reported that Cigar Maid, a stakes-winner last year, owned by .Jack W- Schiffer, is on the retired list for the time being. She is being freshened up for the Saratoga Springs season. . .Mrs. Ann Clare, track superintendent at Saratoga Springs, attained that "famous people" stage. She was a television guest of Ed Sullivan on Sunday evening but will have the opportunity of seeing herself as others saw her on Friday night at her home. The teevee programs are from five to six days late when released in the Saratoga area. On her arrival Mrs. Clare reported that the wheat that had been planted on the racing strip last fall was cut down and plowed under. This will give the racing strip new life and elasticity for the summer meeting. . .Regret was expressed by the local racing colony on receipt of the news of the death of Peter Ar Markey, the Detroit owner and breeder. He i I ... _ , . tr z. r i .1 _- t r- ~ — - n - „ -it ►had been in racing for many years and one of his best campaigners was Piet. AAA Lee Olwell, the advertising man. and former minister of propaganda, press agent to you, for the New York tracks, was on hand yesterday... George Walker, who a couple of decades back raced under the nom de course of the Log Cabin Stable, was a clubhouse visitor during the afternoon. . .Trainer Syl Veitch returned from Lexington," Ky., where he went to visit Mrs. Veitch, who is convalescing from surgery. . . William Almy, one of the stewards at Suffolk Downs, East Boston, came down for a one-day lookrsee. . .William Duke, who looks after the finances for the state, returned to his desk yesterday following a long absence due to illness. . . Saul Lautemberg, one of the Belmont regulars, died at his home on Sunday and funeral: services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a. m. from the Riverside Chapel. AAA A draft of yearlings owned by the Wheat-ley Stable arrived from Kentucky and are stabled atthe Long Island farm of Mrs. H. C. PhippsT. .Louis Lazare, the gin rummy expert and horse owner, was on hand for the afternoon searching for some opponents. . .Howard A. Cooney, an inspector for the Florida Racing Commission, dropped in to say hello. He is here visiting his daughter. . .A. E. Masters, who races Le Buis Fleuri, came out yesterday to witness the effort of his lepper. This French-bred is one of the few horses on record to recover from a case of lockjaw which was contracted last fall. . .Trainer Jim Fitzsim-mons shipped Dare Devil and Bravado to Johnny McDowell up in New England to race for the Wheatley Stable. :.S, L. Ko-pald, the Memphis, Tenn., patron, dropped in for a few days racing. He has a draft of horses with Walter Kelley.

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