Between Races: Corum Set for Pep Talk to Jockeys Jacobs Denies Miracle Cure for Shins Detention Area a New Derby Procedure, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-01


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. _ _, Band__L»i r t /Between Races By Oscar Otis — * Corum Set for Pep Talk to Jockeys Jacobs Denies Miracle Cure for Shins Detention Area a New Derby Procedure CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville, Ky.. April 30.— Derby Horses and People: Bill Corum, a noted master of ceremonies and after dinner speaker, will make his . _, _ most most stirring, stirring, and and moving moving speech speech _, _ most most stirring, stirring, and and moving moving speech speech t of the year in the jockeys room shortly before the running of the Derby, and flanked by the stewards, he will remind the jockeys "that maybe as many as fifty million people will be watching you, and the good will and reputation of racing will be in your hands, exclusively, from the time the band strikes up the strains of My Old Kentucky Home until the the blanket blanket of of roses roses is is over over the the Band__L»i r t the the blanket blanket of of roses roses is is over over the the winner" Corum, a prolific coiner of catchy phrases, has come up with a new angle for this years caution talk, to wit, "a pebble in the Kentucky Derby may be magnified into the size of the Rock of Gibralter". . . . The Kentucky State Racing Commission, also aware of the national significance of the race, specifically authorizes suspensions up to a full year for rough riding. . . . But as a matter of fact, for the last nine years, the Derby has had an absolute minimum of rough incidents. . . . There is nothing phony about those stories about the demand for reserved seats being greater than in any previous Derby. . . . Even the directors have been called upon to give up some of their traditional seats so that owners may be accommodated in their customary style. Kentucky Colonels to Convene Friday •The Kentucky Colonels dinner Friday night, most glamorous of Derby week doings, is a sell out, while in all parts of the country groups of Colonels who cant personally be on hand for the big annual re-union will gather in Derby parties to toast the occasion in absentia. . . . World wide, the colonels work -for the best interest of racing, are advocates of the Kentucky way of life, and more specifically-engage in major charitable work. . . . Col. Anna Friedman Goldman of Anchorage, long time keeper of the great seal for the Colonels, has done yeoman work through the years in futhering the cause of gracious living as exemplified by the Kentucky Colonels. . . . Bull Hancock observes as how Nadir doesnt run high off the ground unless he dislikes the track, but when he likes it, he tends to skim the surface rather than climb. ... A few weeks back had it that trainer Gene Jacobs and found a "miracle cure" for the sore shins of Martins Rullah, but when queried, Jacobs laughed and said, "if I had a miracle cure for sore shins, Id be a millionaire. We did use some ultra sonic sound on the shins and that helped a lot.but there is nothing mysterious about ultra sonic treatments." One good story anent the Hartack broken leg came when Jimmy Jones received a wire from Willie Little Beaver Fry, a diminutive Indian jockey now at Golden Gate Fields, with the wire reading, "Have saddle, will travel" . Jones, going along with the joke, wired him back;. "Go west, young man". . . . The punch of the story is that Fry only has to go a few yards west to find himself in the chill waters of San Francisco Bay. . . . "Dont get me wrong, everybody likes Fry," said Jones, "and it was all in fun." . . . Doc Alex Harthill, who through the years has tended to more Derby horses coming up to the race than any other vet, says this " Derby has seen an absolute minimum of minor troubles of probable starters in need of minor repairs. . . . Last year, Harthill had his biggest disappointment, for after working round the clock, he still couldnt get Gen. Duke to the race. . . . There is no 48 hour rule in Kentucky, meaning a vet can use any legal treatment to get a starter to the post fit and ready to run his best race, which is a sensible procedure and to our way of thinking does the horse no injustice and protects the public. Winner Must Go Into Seclusion Incidentally, there is a new procedure to this years 84th Derby, namely, the winner goes to that new special detention area directly after the race where samples will be taken before returning to his own barn. . . . The detention area is wire fenced and nobody is permitted into the" area excepting the stable connections and the state help. . . . This will remove the victor from the range of photographers and others for a spell after the winners circle ceremonies. ... In past years, the practice has been for a huge entourage to accompany the winner back to the bam, shoot pix, do interviews, etc — . The Churchill detention, or cooling out sample area, is near the gap onto the track adjacent to the 6 2 furlongs pole. . . . Eddie Read of Del Mar has dubbed the Churchill Downs stretch as "heartbreak highway". . . . Could be right for the many, but for one owner, trainer, and jockey it could hardly be termed that, but rather as "the glory road." Ed Carpenter, trainer of Belleau Chief, is "from the old school" meaning he bushwhacked with a small stable of his own in the old days and was successful with a string of cheap horses, most of whom were in constant need of repair. . . . Carpenter was a familiar figure at the old Tijuana track from 1921 to 1926. "Times have changed," observes Carpenter, "for in Mexico, it was like one big family, and now, racing gX can more be likened to an industry". . . . Al Lavin, racing secretary, believes the new inaugurated last v ». .* i j -i j !nueA.onPoge,FjftttB 4 ,t BETWEEN RACES I By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Fire year* weight set-up lor the Derby Trial is of distinct benefit iii getting a Trial starter ready for his top effort in the Derby, . . , "Mcst people overlooked that we raised the starting weight, i.e., that from which allowances are figured, from 118 pounds to 122 pounds," explains Lavin. . . . "The higher scale will get the good horses more used to their weight on the eve of the race, and for the lighter weights will make it more feasible to ride their Derby jockeys in the Trial as well." The persistent rains, and continuing "off" tracks of the early week, were most disheartening to track superintendent Tom Young, whose new strip, as mentioned yesterday in detail, could do with a bit of sun for proper mellowing. . . . Ernie Mason of the Los Angeles Examiner is covering his first Derby and finding it a memorable experience. . . . And the press box was happy to see Bill Lauder Jr., back for the New York Herald-Tribune after an absence of three years. . . . Tony Alessio, call-over man for the Caliente futures, is here to see how he does on the Derby, but come what may, his losses will not be extensive. The man took a bath on Round Table in the Anita Cap futures. . . . Joe Stevens is directing the catering of the San Francisco ball park from his Churchill Office. . . . "Just think, coast-to-coast at last," mused Stevens, who now commutes to California about once a month. . . . And on even* trip west, the man goes sightseeing, has been to Muir Woods, and next trip, Yosemite.

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