Arlington Notebook, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-27


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• aH *tL ™kiJ™ . Arlington Notebook I By J. J. MURPHY 1 ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights. HI., June 26. — Although the Equipoise Mile, which will be run for the thirteenth time • Saturday, Saturday, has, has. since since Saturday, Saturday, has, has. since since 1945, been worth over 8,000 to the winner and has reached as high as 4,200, it has never been won by an outstanding thoroughbred. However, one top-notcher went down to defeat on a couple of occasions when Calumet Farms Armed was beaten by Witch Sir Sir and and Old Old Kentuck Kentuck ™kiJ™ Sir Sir and and Old Old Kentuck Kentuck in 1947, and by With Pleasure the following year. With Pleasure, now at stud in Kentucky, was a very useful handicap runner in his day, as were Equifox, Sun Again, and Fervent, other winners, but their turf deeds are almost forgotten. Best Seller, Daily Trouble, Witch Sir, Star Reward, Curandero, and Oil Capitol were just run-of-the-mill handicap and stakes horses. Equifox, son of the stallion for which the race was named, won the first running of the event as a four-year-old and repeated as an eight-year-old. Best Seller won it as a four- and five-year-old. And no previous winner has carried the weight of 132 pounds allotted this years favorite, Spartan Valor, although Armed packed that poundage when he finished third. Sun Again had 127 pounds up in his victorious jaunt. But one three-year-old, Oil Capitol, has ever been successful in the Equipoise Mile and the late F. A. Smith is the only jockey to have ridden two winners . . . Woodchuck went a half mile in :47% in preparation for the Equipoise Mile, and jockey Eddie Arcaro has been engaged to ride him. Mrs. Leonard Florsheim, who was chairman of the benefit ball which immediately preceded the opening of the Arlington meeting, attended the races Wednesday with a number of guests she had entertained at luncheon at her Highland Park home . . . Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Perrin, of Dallas, Texas, paid their first visit in three years. Since that time they have been twice around the world ... Laurance Armour, president of the Post and Paddock Club, entertained F. W. Specht, president of the Armour Company and a number of vice-presidents of the organization at the track -Wednesday. . .Mrs. John OConnor and county commissioner James Ashenden each celebrated a birthday in the Post and Paddock Club Wednesday. Birthday celebration as Judge John F. OConnell, whose natal day it was, entertained a party including his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hammond. Judge OConnell never misses the races on his birthday . . . State Senator Peter J. Miller was among the mid-week visitors . . . Chris Wood, Jr., was an arrival from Monmouth Park to stage the annual hurdle race to be run Friday. . .Louis J. Hol-lenbach, Sr., who has some horses here in charge of Robert Mattingly, in for the week-end. . .Freeman Keyes, owner of the Reverie Knoll Farm, was an arrival from California. The four-year-old Stop Gap has been altered, the operation being performed by Dr. N. D. Lusk. . .N. G. Bouchard purchased the Continued on Page Forty-One i Arlington Notebook By J. J. MURPHY Continued from Page Three three-year-old Vinvic and the filly ran in the silks of her new owner for the first time Wednesday. . Any horsemen who are members of the Loyal Order of Moose are requested to get in touch with Ed Shannon, of the publicity staff. The official magazine of the order wishes to give them a write-up . . .Frank Catrone says if they put much more weight on Spartan Valor he is going to trim off a few pounds and ride the horse himself ... A couple of trainers here who are blacksmiths are perturbed because the platers union will not permit them to shoe their own horses ... A spectator approached jocks valet, an old-time rider, Johnny Corcoran, and asked him why a certain horses tongue was tied down. "Hes the favorite and we dont want him talking to the other horses," retorted John. The first motion picture show of the season staged under the grandstand Tuesday evening was a huge success. Not only did the stable help witness a good movie "for free," but Marge Lindheimer ordered they be furnished with ice cream and soft drinks "on the house." Needless to state a large gathering is expected to be on hand for the next presentation, which will be Friday eve. . .Randy Se-chrest is contemplating shipping his good stretch runner, King Diver, to Ascot Park, Ohio, for the running of the Ascot Gold Cup, July 23 . . . Clifford Mooers was an arrival from Texas and his trainer, Roy Waldron, is due back from California. In Waldrons absence the Mooers horses were saddled by Jimmy Wallace. Gray Moon and Eternal Quest, the property of Ada L. Rice, have been sent to the Rice Farm at Wheaton HI., to be rested up ...Leon S. Green, owner of department stores at Gary, Ind., and Coral Gables, Fla., is a frequent visitor. He has some horses here in charge of Harry Golden . . . Mutuel clerk Mike Knigston celebrated his 72nd birthday Wednesday . . . Roy Selden, who for many years trained horses on Chicago tracks, is reported to-be quite ill at his home in Arcadia, Calif. . .Old-time jockey Henry Burke is confined to a sanitarium at San Diego, Calif . . . Light Moon, who was injured at Sportsmans Park, is back in training. . . The good two-year-old, Doc Walker, owned by James Cox Brady, will arrive from New York Saturday and will be turned over to Howard Oots to condition. The son of Revoked is a Futurity eligible.

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