California: Sidelight on Derby Future Book Betting; Race Track Originates Many Witticisms; Californias New Lieut.-Gov. Racing Fan, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-07


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ii " California 1 By Kent Cochran Sidelight on Derby Future Book Betting Race Track Originates Many Witticisms Californias New Lieut.-Gov. Racing Fan TANFORAN, San Bruno, Calif., May 6.— Theyre telling this one about the Caliente future book. Seems a fellow bet on Tomy Lee to win the Kentucky Derby at 10 to 1 last winter. Later the price dropped to 6 to 1, and the man bet some more at that price. Finally the odds are 4 to 1, and a stock-market friend says, "Hes a better price now at 4 than he was at 10." Whereupon the bettor observes, "Gee, if Ida only waited I coulda got all my money down at 4." . . . George Tani-guchi has gone South, but his agent, Frank Buckley, says hell be back to ride Bisco in Mon days closing-day stake. . . . T. Hart Nesbitt left for his home in Pomona. . . . Farrell Jones stable pony is a brother of Captain Bam. . . . Bill Cahalan, veteran mutuel clerk, who originated thoroughbred sales as promoter and auctioneer in California soon after the racing law was enacted, back on the job after a siege of illness. . . . Kent Taylor and wife Turf Club guests. Taylor starred as "Boston Blackie" for several years on TV. Hes now in a series called "Rough Riders." . . . Mimi Howard hosting a party of eight. Tis an ill wind that blows good for nobody. The departure of a goodly portion of Tanforans horses for Hollywood Park has delighted the owners of maiden three-year-olds and juveniles, for it means that these classes are now getting a break, Barry Whitehead being forced to put on more races for them than when an equine nose was sticking out of every stall door in the barn area. However, as one fan was heard to remark, the crowd can expect as many photo finishes as always, which means that competition-wise the sport will remain up to par. . . . Joe Whittingham will have William Pascoes horses at Hollywood, plus one of his own. Joe is a brother of Charlie Whittingham, .the Llangollen Farm trainer. Cadillacs Eye Another Derby The race track is the place for witticisms. Overheard in the clubhouse as a shaggy pony passed a sleek racer to the post: "Lookit his long hair — his name must be Fidel Castro. If Gillette doesnt soon scoop the world by making the razor that shaves Castro, itll grow into a job for International Harvester." . . . Again we heard : "Ive had four straight losers and am restless as a dollar in Las Vegas." . . . And then this one: "Tomy Lee, Silver Spoon, Royal Orbit and Fin-negan will be in the Hollywood Derby field. Theyre the Cadillacs of the California-owned three-year-olds. Reminds that there are scores of Volkswagons to every Cadillac on the race track as well as on the freeways." . . . And as a horse jetted along far in front of the field for the first half mile: "Hes a nuclear physicist — out to set the world on fire." Lieut. Gov. Glen Anderson, who came into office with Gov. Pat Brown, was a Tanforan visitor Saturday. Anderson lives in Hawthorne, which is the Hollywood Park district on the southwestern periphery of Los Angeles. The man is an athlete; he seemed extremely interested in the races, so much so that he climbed way up to the lip of the roof to say hello to the Daily Racing Form chart crew and announcer Joe Hernandez, and so seasoned was he in wind and limb that, like Round Table at the end of a 6-furlong spin, his breath wouldnt have blown out a candle. We asked the lieutenant-governor what his business was before going into politics, and he replied: "Building, and building loans." Seems to be a keen sportsman. Silky Breathes Quietly Now With Silky Sullivans return to the races close at hand, he recalled to trainer Reggie Cornell that he made considerable noise in his respiratory tract as a two-year-old. "Yes, thats true," said Reggie. "But it has now entirely disappeared. I ascribe the cure to three things: nasal sprays and douches, sea air at Half Moon Bay, and better health. He just grew out of it, as often happens with slight nose and throat imperfections in both humans and equines." . . . Nor-vell Snyder, who superintends the stable areas at four of Californias six major tracks, has a sideline: He manufactures a medicated cream which he trademarks "Le Vron," which is Norvell spelled backwards, with one "L" omitted. Its for sunburn, chapped hands and all burns. The man lives in San Bernardino, and occupies a portion of his time between meetings promoting Le Vron sales. Tom Ross flew up from San Marino for his first visit of the Tanforan meeting. Came to see Arctic Wind and Satin Sullivan run. Said wife Elsie has been ill. "So far as I know, Mrs. Phil Klipstein and her daughters intend to continue racing Silky Sullivan and the others jointly owned by the late sportsman and myself," Tom said. . . . We note that no less than seven "brother" trainers are in action in California: Charlie and Joe Whittingham, Wayne and Keith Stucki, Warren and Mel Stute, Bob and Jim Wheeler, Joe and Angel Ramos, Hugo and Peghinasso, and Charlie and John Leavitt. . . . Joseph Greenbach, owner of Ox II., saying he has sold the Royal Lodge Motel on the Bayshore Freeway which is patronized by many horsemen. Greenbach owns the Olympic Hotel in downtown San Francisco. . . . C. Ray Robinson up from his heavy law office duties at Merced to see his filly, Miss Anthonie, contest the fourth on Tuesday.

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