Arlington Notebook, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-23


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Arlington Notebook I — By J. J. MURPHY ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, HI., June 21. — The recent fire in the Belmont Park stable area brings to mind the system system used used by by the the Illi- system system used used by by the the Illi- flli-nois Racing Board to identify thoroughbreds in event of disaster. Ever since the conflagration at Hawthorne in 1948, a file has been kept on every thoroughbred quartered on Chicago courses, and the stall it occupies. Therefore, if a horse is found in a specific stabling stabling space space and and the the stabling stabling space space and and the the remains are unrecognizable, it is an almost indisputable fact that it is the animal listed in that stall on the racing board files. This information is of great assistance to fire marshals and insurance adjusters investigating any such accident. The idea is the brainchild of Dr. Martin F. Kent, Illinois Racing Board veterinarian, and we understand it is being adopted on some other tracks. We recall that years ago a raging blaze swept through the stable area at the old Tijuana track and dozens of thoroughbreds either broke from their stalls or were turned loose by grooms. They scattered up old Rattlesnake Hill, directly behind the stabling area, and were off through the sage brush. Many were captured, but some were never found, and many horsemen spent the off days driving through the Mexican countryside in hope of catching a glimpse of his missing thoroughbred. Several years later one "racetracker," out on a quail hunting trip, swore he viewed one of the missing stallions running with a band of wild horses. Perhaps some of those Mexican ponies have a thoroughbred strain. The condition of trainer George May-bery who suffered a heart attack Friday, is reported to be greatly improved and he has been removed from the oxygen tent in which he was placed . . . John C. Hauer, owner of Aris Mona, a recent winner, was an arrival from his home in Fort Mitchell, Ky. Aris Mona will be a starter in the Artful and will be ridden by John Heckmann . . . The promising two-year-old, Mimi Mine, has recovered from her coughing spell and is in light training. Her owners, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Herf f . are visiting from Memphis. . .Trainer Jimmy McGee left for Delaware Park but will be back to saddle General Staff in the Equipoise Mile . . . Johnny Adams has been engaged to ride Brownell Combs stretch-running filly, Bella Figura, in the Arlington Matron, July 5 . . The good three-year-old Smoke Screen has been sent to the Reverie Knoll Farm at Danville, Ky. to be freshened up. The colt had a stiff campaign last year and this spring. Ruthred and Lady Ridgewell, owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Muckler," arrived from Fair-mount Park in charge of trainer C. Grande . . .Fred Crafton, who has charge of the registering of horses, states that 1320 head are quartered here; 430 are two-year-olds, 358 three-year-olds and 532 four -year-olds and older . . . When Eddie Arcaro rides his 3,000th winner he will be the first American-born jockey to have made the grade. Of the other two, Johnny Longden and Gordon Richards first saw the light of day Continued on Page Forty-Five ■ | | » : 5 - 1 r I y t -j o e e a s e s k r e — h to 0 go 0 . ;I ,a j t Arlington Notebook By J. J. MURPHY Continued from Page Three in England. Arcaro was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. . .The boys dont mind a little cut finger or a few bruises now that they can be treated at the track hospital by pretty nurse, Joyce Kraut, of Elgin, 111. "Im in love with a beautiful nurse," is getting to be the riders theme song. . .Leroy Beck, the well known mutuel supervisor, was a visitor. Has lost much weight since cut- ting down on the steaks. Leroy is the only man ever to be kidnapped on the handlebars of a bicycle. Marshall Field, Jr., entertained a party of friends in the Post and Paddock Club Friday, following a round of golf at a nearby country club . . . John "Whiz-a- Bit" Wheeler, the whirling dervish of clubhouse waiters, is still looking for his first Daily Double. ...Willie Crump is now training the W. M. Wickham horses which last season were conditioned by Tommy Root . . . Louis Ef f rat, New York sports writer who is in town with the Yankees, was out for yesterdays card. The White Sox and Yankees played last night . . . Another newsman on hand was Wilbur Johnson, of Oklahoma City, who is attending the Newspaper Guild convention. . Everett Lawrence, who has some horses here in charge of trainer Dave Saunders, was an arrival from New Or-_ leans . . Jockey Johnny Adams has en-s tered into an agreement ride Whirla Lea in the Artful next Saturday. Mrs. Frances Genter, who has horses here in charge of trainer Melvin Calvert, is con-fined to her Minneapolis home due to Illness, but hopes to be on hand for the sport next week-end . . . John Friendly, who serves as chief assistant to Gene Paradise in the parking area, is a professional basketball player with Fort Wawne . . . George Taliaf -_ fero, outstanding professional football back-• field man, is another employe at this track . . Herbert R. Penney is visiting from his home in Bexley, Ohio. His horses here are in charge of Jack Hanover... A. B. Hancock, Jr., took in the week-ends sport, hav-e ing come up from his home in Lexington, *£:

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