New England: Art Bronsdon on Familiar Scene Explain Remark About Brownskin Floor Boss Gilt-Edged Investment, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-09


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. i New England1 By Fred Galiani ; Art Bronsdon on Familiar Scene Explain Remark About Brownskin Floor Boss Gilt-Edged Investment NARRAGANSETT PARK, Pawtucket, R. I., June 8. — This meeting is a sort of homecoming affair for Art Bronsdon, who 5c ftQinincr a st.flblp nf ~ " » " — horses liere for the four - week stand. A native of Boston, Bronsdon rode around here with some measure of success from 1934 until 1943, when he retired from the saddle. Although he still calls Boston his home, this is his first sojourn to New Eng- lano. m live years, xie started his riding career in the horse shows, where he was noticed by Tom Thorpe, who sent him to George Sherman in Maryland, and in 1932 he turned to booting horses on the race tracks. When racing was legalized and became a part of the sport scene in Rhode Island, Bronsdon shifted his activities here and performed on the New England circuit until 1943, with a brief hitch in the Navy during the wax*. After hanging up his boots, Bronsdon took a whirl at training for a couple of years, then finally settled down as a jockeys agent, handling Billie Fisk- for five years. Abandoning that pursuit, he joined Tom W. Kelley as an assistant trainer lor another five years, and last season went out on his own as a conditioner. Most of that time was spent in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, but now at last he is on his home beat again. Among the horses he has ridden, he settles for L. B. Mayers Main Man as -the best he ever handled. Yet to look at him now, a tall, strapping fellow, it is hard to believe that a little better than 10 years ago he was light enough to be 6 a jockey. Poor Gerry Taylor! Over at Suffolk Downs recently, the nine-year-old Brown-skin won the 46th race of his career and the 43rd in J. R. Dwyers colors. After a .short chat with Taylor we wrote a paragraph in which we quoted Gerry as saying the horse never was any good. Since then Taylor has been bombarded with letters from Brownskins fans terming him all sorts of an ungrateful ogre and wretch. Just to clear up the situation and correct, any false impressions of Taylor that might have arisen, well explain again. By saying Brownskin was not a good horse, both he and I meant that he had never run in stakes or better class allowances races. All his life Brownskin was strictly a claiming performer, never running for probably more than a ,000 tag. Usually a horse who wins 46 races starts off as a stakes campaigner, and if not retired to stud, descends the ladder until he winds up a claimer. But never being more than a claiming performer, Brownskin, in race track terminology, is referred to as a "cheap horse." But all the old geldings fans can rest assured that Brownskin is the "big gun" of the Taylor stable and treated just as well as Nashua or any other stakes winner is, if not better. Brownskin may have not won many big purses, but he has earned a lot of checks and is as consistent as they come. Roger Laurin, who saddled two winners here on opening day was not, as some think, turning the trick for the first time. He tightened the girths on two winners at Scarborough Downs in 1953 when he had a division of horses there ... Peter Allen, patrol judge at Suffolk and steward at the Massachusetts fairs, came out on a busmans holiday to Gari-sett on Tuesday ... A sale of horses in training will be held in the paddock here on Friday, June 17, starting at 9:30 a, m. Horseman wishing to consign stock" to the sale should contact H. Silverman and Company, 76 Dorrance St., Providence. Pat Horgan, one-time racing secretary at Gansett who turned to literary work, has joined the faculty of the Tufts College Writers Workshop as assistant director for the summer session . . . John E. Smith, who was kayoed by an attack of pleurisy over the week end, was released from Revere Memorial Hospital but probably wont be back riding until next week . . . Although attendance has been on the light side thus far, Marty Winne and Charley Breslau, maitre des in the terrace club, have full reservation lists for the first Saturday . . . Trainer Odie Clelland and Darrell Madden are at Delaware Park today for the Polly Drummond Stakes, in which they will com- i t ft I * C I Continued on Page Forty-Four New England By FRED GALIANI Continued from Pag* Six bine their training and riding talents in an effort to get Murlogg Farms Dark Charger home on top. Both will be back here Thursday. Marvin Greene, trainer of a sizable public stable, returned from his Lees-burg-, Va., home where he was called for the past four days because of the illness of his wife, Betty. He reports she has recovered from an attack of pneumonia ... Steve Rowan is due in the end the week with nine horses from Garden State Park ...Guy Marks, young comedian who is currently appearing in Boston, and is quite well known around New Jersey and Miami, and his missus are frequent visitors to the track. They were guests of trainer Tommy Bonham Tuesday . . . E. R. Reynolds, prsident of the Weymouth Fair, came oVer on business this morning. Floor Boss, winner of his ninth race this year in Tuesdays best event, has proved to be a gilt-edged investment for the Ianelli Brothers, poultry dealers of Allen-town, Pa., who race as the Sunnycrest Stable. Claimed for ,500, Floor Boss has already won 4,000 this year and is now defeating opposition of the ,000 category . . . Norman Mercier has been booked to guide G. S. Collelas Switch On in the Blackstone Valley Handicap here on Saturday . . And its not true that the stewards are sending up to Gloucester for fish nets after the outriders had trouble with runaway horses Tuesday. Its just a humorous rumor.

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