Sportsmans Park: Chuck Parvin Has Reached His Goal; Trainer With Degree as Veterinarian; Has Great Faith in Racings Future, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-04


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t Sportsman s Park — ■ By J. J. Murphy — : Chuck Parvin Has Reached His Goal Trainer With" Degree as Veterinarian Has Great Faith in Racings Future SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, HI., May 3.— It took 37-year-old Chuck Parvin, of Homedale, Idaho, 16, years of schooling to become a trainer, but he believes t it was worth it. Chuck attended grammar school, high school, and two colleges with but one objective. That was to become an efficient veterinarian. He reached his goal one year ago when he received his degree at Colorado A. and M., but he has not as yet practiced veterinarian medicine nor does he intend to. However, Parvin is of the opinion that every man taking up a profession should acquire all knowledge ob tainable anent his subject, and one of the prime requisites of a trainer is to diagnose the ailments of his horse. Hence all that schooling. Chuck was a -good jockey in his day. He and Charlie Stevenson, assistant to Ivan Parke, were brought out by Bennett Creech and started riding on the same day back in 1932. He won his first race at Epsom Downs, Houston, Texas, in 1933 on a horse owned by John Mikel; was one of the 10 leading apprentices in 1934; and after riding four years, returned to school. Entered Eighth Grade at 20 Parvin was 20 years old when he entered the eighth, grade in grammar school in his home town. He had amassed a small fortune as a jockey, and whereas many of his classmates had yet to earn their first dollar, Chuck owned a ranch and an automobile. He then went on through high school, and after four years graduated and received a scholarship to University of Idaho. After having attended college for two years, Parvin joined the Armed Forces and served five years, most of them as a sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge, Chuck returned to University of Idaho to complete his term and then enrolled at Colorado A. and M., graduating on June 1, 1954, at the age of 36. Parvin is now filling his very first training position. He is conditioning the horses owned by J. H. Thatcher, a rancher of Pueblo, Colo. He has turned down several offers to practice as a veterinarian regardless of financial return. He wanted to become a trainer and has reached his goal. Parvin, who is married and has two young daughters, has great faith in the future of racing. And when one converses with him, one seems to develop a great faith in Parvin. With such enthusiasm and perseverance it does not seem that he can miss. William E. Walsh, who has been showing good form in the saddle at this meeting, is under contract to Parvin. Is the first boy on whom Chuck ever held the papers. Walsh, who hails from Lawrence, Mass., is 21-years-old, and although he rode his first winner two years ago, does light weight and is still an apprentice. He had eleven winners in 122 mounts last year, and before coming to this track was seen in the saddle at Oaklawn Park. Parvin has been schooling him in the rudiments of reinsmanship and is of the opinion hie has a bright future. To date Walsh has had two winners at Sportsmans Park. Korjenek Leaves For Downs Joe Korjenek, of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau, after having spent a few days here departed for Churchill Downs to witness the Kentucky Derby. . .-. The great majority of horsemen on the grounds believe that Nashua will win the Derby. . . . Several who made the acquaintance of trainer Mickey Tenney when he had the Ellsworth horses in this territory for a couple of seasons are pulling for the Calir fornian Swaps. . . . Should that one connect, he will be the first California -bred to take the Blue Grass classic in 33 years. Determine, last years victor, was California-owned. . . . Swaps may be seen in action in Chicago later in the season. . . . Got his name after requests for several other names had been turned down by The Jockey Club. . . . Owner believes Swaps to be a better horse than Correspondent, who ,was fancied as a strong Derby possibility two years ago. . . . Correspondent, like Swaps, was bred by Ellsworth and is by the same stallion, Khaled. Durable Anthony Skoronski, despite his spill on Monday, was released from the hospital Tuesday, but due to a fractured wrist may not ride for some time. . . . Apprentice Arthur Farrell, who figured in the same accident, will be absent from four to six weeks. Chipped bone in a leg. Farrell was leading apprentice at the recent Fort Miami meeting at Toledo, Ohio. Under contract to W. W. Craig, he is 18 years old and comes from Maiden, Mass. Won his first race at Scarborough Downs, up in Maine, last July. . . . The four-year-old Watch It Grow was the first horse to take two purses at this meeting. Originally cost ,500 as a yearling. Owned by N. L. Raffelman. . . . Roy Dickerson will commence schooling horses at Washington Park Wednesday a. m. Schooling hours from 6 to 8:30. . . . They sure picked a hot day if or thj£t fire; drill at Wellington Park. TemgMure was at 87. It was a formal affair. EgejMfced in asbestos suits.

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