Connors Corner: Belmont Stakes Field Shaping Up; Strubs Back From European Trip; Ivan Thomas Goes to Delaware; Gavers Remark About Tom Fool, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-03


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CONNORS CORNER By Chuck1 Connors BELMONT PARK, Elmont,- L. I., N. Y.,4 June 2. — Well, here it is June and the boys and , girls of the clubhouse set are await ing the arrival of summer. The first of the month being a Sunday, •they gave the result of the Peter Pan a good going over and then turned their attention to the Belmont Stakes which is down for decision on Saturday. The field for the Belmont will comprise 8 or 10 starters. That information is gleaned from the paddock gang, who have a good line on the probables. The field at the moment shapes up as follows: Blue Man, Golden Gloves, King Jolie, Armegeddon, Sub Fleet, One Count, Master Fiddle, and Cold Command. There is no guarantee with the present field, for some of the outlying neighborhoods are yet to be heard from. Blue Man will be the favorite and, by the way, he gets his final drill tomorrow on the main track for the test. According to Woody Stephens, he is doing right well, eating and sleeping without a care in the world. The Belmont is over the mile and one-half distance and carries an added value of 00,000. Should the above mentioned octet face the starter, the winning owner will take down the tidy sum of 4,400 and the winning jockey and trainer, if accepted precedent -is carried out, will receive 10 per cent of the purse. That means the successful jockey will be paid 6 a second for his work which is not hard to take if you can get it". The top jockeys of the area are signed, sealed and delivered for this event which comes but once a year, and is the final bauble in the "Triple Crown." The race is attracting considerable interest in the countryside and reservations from the breeding country are arriving steadily. Kentucky and Tennessee will be well represented, which means that the Broadwayites are practising their southern accent and making arrangements to duck those who carry canes and speak convincingly about breeding for fear that they may wind up buying a yearling. AAA Dr. and Mrs. Charles Strub returned from a European vacation and showed up during the af ternoon . . . Old Ironsides, owned by the Trenlon, N. J., owner and breeder J. M. Roebling, is on the shelf, a misstep in training upset his underpinning . . .Mr. and Mrs. Jack Denis, who maintain Whiteoak, at Brentweed, Term., which by the way is not far from Nashville, are due here from their home for the running ► Belmont Stakes Field Shaping Up * Strubs Back From European Trip Ivan Thomas Goes to Delaware Gaverfs Remark About Tom Fool of the Belmont and a look-see at their two-year-old Confederacy, which is about, due to start. Denis racing colors are an adaptation of the Confederate battle flag and the Old South rides again. Bill Trundle showed up with a batch of Monmouth Park stake blanks and a desire to do some missionary work...W. E. Charles came in for the Horsemens Mutual meeting. . .Trainer Dolly Byers brought Tea-Maker and Centime, the oldest and youngest members in his care, back from Delaware Park where he accounted for two stake offerings. . .Herbert Bayard Swope came out to say hello and check on the general overall. . .Eddie Burke checked in from Miami. He has a ! draft of horses in training at Aqueduct. AAA Trainer Bob Odom is undecided as to the Charfran Stables Crafty Admiral for his next start. The runner-up in the Suburban is eligible for several offerings at Aqueduct and the Massachusetts Handicap. . .Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, entertained a party of friends at luncheon before the races . . . Ivan Thomas, the new racing secretary at Arlington and Washington Parks, departed for Chicago. He appeared satisfied with his missionary work in this sector. . .The Long Island Railroad is using double decker type cars for the transportation of racing patrons from the New York terminal. . .The Addison Stables Arise is due back here from Jersey according to stable information. . . J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson, a couple of fellows from down Washington, D. C, way, showed up during the afternoon. They were in quest of information on win-i ners, is case you are interested. AAA Fred Lansberg has his arm in a sling. No, thats not the reason, it is just old fashioned gout. . .Davy Mandel, who was sidelined by illness for a couple of weeks rejoined the clubhouse delegation ... M. L. Schwartz, of Wall Street, who raced a pretentious stable a couple of decades back, was a week-end visitor. . Jimmie Mazor, a law student at Yale, deserted the tree-lined streets of New Haven to do some serious rooting for his dads Master Fiddle in the Peter Pan. . .The Jacobs brothers, Sidney and Hirsch, returned from Garden State. They saddled Uncle Jay and King Jolie, respectively, for engagements on the final day of that meeting. . .Spencer Drayton, the TRA man, was a paddock visitor during, the afternoon. . . Jule Fink gave the ►afternoon program a good going over and reported that it was a tough one for horse players. . .Bob Pinkerton gave the weekend crowd the once over and reported not a doubtful one in the lot. . .William C. Langley, of the racing commission, said hello. . .Mr. and Mrs. Ashley T. Cole came out early to avoid the crowd but remained late. . .Jake Swirul discussed airplanes and later remarked that he wished thatv he could install a few motors in the ones that he selects. . . . When queried as to whether he would start Next Move, topweight in the Top Flight Handicap, A. G. Vanderbilt replied in the affirmative, but added that is, if he could find a boy who can do the weight. . .Trainer John Gaver, in discussing Greentree Stables Tom Fool, remarked that he will start the -colt when he "tells him he is ready."... Al Bonagura, who served as an official at Garden State, came up for a look-see. He will serve at Monmouth Park.

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