Belmont Park: Short Memories Haunt Paddock Gang Swaps Trek over Rockies Success Real Native Son of Golden State, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-10


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took took down down the the win Belmont Park — By Chuck Connors Short Memories Haunt Paddock Gang Swaps Trek Over Rockies Success Real Native Son of Golden State BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 9.— The paddock gang membership was in a sombre mood this morning; the news from Louisville Saturday eve- ning ning was was disquieting, disquieting, not not that that ning ning was was disquieting, disquieting, not not that that Swaps was returned the winner, but that he upset one of their pet theories. The membership has for many years broadcast far and wide that an eastward trek over the Rocky Mountains takes something from a horse, what, they never divulged. Evidently times have changed in that respect, or the boys have short memories. Determine, it will be recalled, crossed the Rockies in 1954 and winners ners swag, swag, and and now now Swaps. Swaps. Both Both took took down down the the win winners ners swag, swag, and and now now Swaps. Swaps. Both Both winners turned in smashing efforts and lowered the standards of the East in emphatic fashion. Another angle to the result was that Swaps would not come East to hook up with Nashua and Summer Tan in the Preakness or the Belmont. The Californian, a real native son, is headed back to the Golden State carrying the gold that he took from the Churchill Downs lode. While the Derby is now history, some of the gloss has been rubbed away from the two other baubles in the Triple Crown. This year the space reserved in the history books for that entry will remain blank. The post-mortems over the result of the Derby were brief and to the point. The boys hailed the winner, and that was that. Now that the limelight for the time being is shuttered on the three-year-old colts, the older horses will move to the center stage. Saturday the first of the big New York handicaps will be contested. This mile jaunt looms up as one for the book with all the elements of a dramatic contest of all Metropolitan handicaps, and the boys were eagerly awaiting the weights as assigned by Jimmy Kilroe. Jimmy has them locked away in his desk and at the proper time will spring them on the boys, which the grapevine reports will be along about the last race. Polynesian Colt Foaled at Brookmeade Preston Burch returned from Louisville, Ky., where he witnessed the running of the Derby, and reported the arrival of a colt foal by Polynesian from New Riches at the Brookmeade Farm near Lexington. . . . Frank 0*Neil, the expatriate American jockey and trainer to France, underwent an emergency appendectomy at a New York hospital on Friday. He recently returned here for a visit to his daughter, who lives near New Rochelle, N. Y.f and to renew old-time friendships on the American turf. . . . Herbert Bayard Swope was among the visitors for the afternoon. . . . Major Albert Warner of the Warbern Stable decided against a quick trip to the Derby and stayed ever for the running of the Roseben. . . . Trainer Jack Skirvin reported that he had turned out the two-year-old Salt Creek at Willie Posts Long Island farm. The youngster is owned by the Sand Hills Farm. Tom Bragg came down from Connecticut for the week end. . . . Barney Baruch, the elder statesman, forgot about world affairs as he witnessed the running of the week-end program. . . . John Barry Ryan plans to sail for Europe for an extended vacation the latter part of this month. . . . The racing clans extended their greetings to Mr. and Mrs. Cortright Wetherill when it was made known that they became the parents of a baby girl on Friday. . . . Mrs. Elizabeth Graham of the Maine Chance Farm was on hand for the week-end program. . . . Jabneh, winner of his second race at the meeting for the Paris, France, patron, Laudy Lawrence, is, according to Lambert Goldsmith, named for a Hindu god of mythology. Anyway, thats his version. . . . William Goadby Loew, whose Grandpaw looms up as one of the choices for the Withers, was present for the afternoon. Derby Riders Return to Elmont Jockeys Arcaro, McCreary and Guerin returned from Louisville to report that the trip in search of the Golden Fleece was not so good. . . . Jockey Tony DeSpirito arrived today and reported to trainer Oscar White of the W. M. Jeffords stable. The horses in the menage shipped in yesterday from Laurel. . . . The Kentucky division of the Cain Hoy Stable is due here tomorrow from Louisville in charge of trainer Loyd Gentry. . . . Summer Tan, owned by Mrs. John W. Galbreath of Columbus, Ohio, was flown back to New Yorks Idlewild Airport by trainer Sherrill Ward. . . . Nashua, runner-up in the Derby, owned by the Belair Stud, is due back this evening by train. . . . Jockey Jack Westrope and Miss Terry Terry of San Francisco were married Sunday afternoon. The newlyweds enjoyed a one-day honeymoon, for Westrope was an absentee from the afternoons races. Trainer Vance Longden of the Alberta Ranches arrived at Jamaica with a quartet of horses, St. Vincent, Play Off, Fraser Valley and Racing Review. They are named for several stakes at this meeting. . . . Alex Robb of the Westchester Racing Association received a letter from Nashua, N. H., requesting that 30 seats be reserved for the running of the Belmont Stakes on June 11. The letter was postmarked 4 p. m. Saturday, and so far no alterations are contemplated. . . . Trainer Cary Winfred returned Dedicate, owned by the Miam-ian, Jan Burke, from Garden State, where he accounted for a stake on Saturday. . . . Jockey Hank Moreno, under contract to the Cain Hoy Stable, is due here tomorrow to ride for that stable.

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