The Isidril month of June 1983 got off to a good start with a fine corrida from Alonso Moreno which facilitated the triumphs of the toreros. But at the end of the Festival, the Salvador Guardiola Fantoni bulls did not facilitate the success of the toreros. Dámaso González was his usual valiant self and could have cut an ear from his second bull but he had difficulty with the kill. José Ortega Cano did not have his lucky afternoon either. Thankfully, Jose Nelo “Morenito de Maracay” went all out and earned the applause of the public for his efforts.
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LA FIESTA BRAVA: Winding up San isidro 1983
By Muriel Feiner
Wed. June 1st. YIYO AND THE PUERTA GRANDE
The Isidril month of June got off to a good start with a fine corrida from Alonso Moreno which facilitated the triumphs of the toreros.
Angel Teruel was somewhat indifferent on his first bull but he went all out on his second with an artistic and templado faena. He killed recibiendoand was awarded a very deserved ear.
Miguel Espinosa “Armillita Chico”, from Mexico, got little in the shuffle, for the afternoon really belonged to José Cubero “Yiyo” who had a great performance. He cut two ears, one from each bull, for the two varied and artistic faenas.
The sixth bull of the afternoon was returned to the corrals but before the mansos could do their job, a short, slight figure jumped into the ring from Tendido 5. it was the first woman espontaneo, torero Mari Cruz Gomez, who unfortunately did not get a chance to reach the bull. She was cornered by two banderilleros and Curro Alvarez, in a very machistic manner, scooped her up in his arms as if she were his bride and deposited her unceremoniously in the hands of the police.
Thurs. June 2nd. CURRO VAZQUEZ’S TRAGIC GORING.
The bulls from Moreno Silva and the corresponding sombreros were difficult animals and on top of it all they were weak, which increased the public’s impatience. Neither Curro Vazquez nor Jorge Gutierrez could do anything with their first animals.
The short but courageous Pepe Luis Vargas went all out with his bull which is his style and he was tossed about repeatedly, fortunately without any serious consequences. He was applauded warmly for his efforts.
Unfortunately, Curro Vazquez was not as lucky as Vargas. Curro faced an angry public when he began his second faena and the cogida was not really the torero’s fault. The man cited with the muleta in the correct position, but the bull charged directly for the matador’s body. He was rushed to the infirmary with a severed femoral artery and though doctor’s initially feared an amputation would be necessary, Curro is happily out of danger now. It was, nevertheless, one of the worst cornadas we have seen in the ring.
On his last bull, Pepe Luis Vargas, undaunted by Curro’s tragic cornada, went all out once again and had he not experienced difficulty with the swordhe would have cut an ear.
Bull no. 2 was returned to the corrals and today there was another espontaneo, this time, a man, torero Julian Calderón, “El Jato”, a perennial espontaneo who displayed style and revealed the fine quality of the animal itself.
Fri. June 3rd. THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE FAIR.
The assortment of bulls from Santiago Martin “El Viti” and Fco. Garzón and the absence of paco Ojeda, because of his cogida the day before in the corrida of Corpus in Toledo, filled this corrida with major disappointment.
Antonio Chenel “Antofiete” created a fine faena with his first bull and was applauded but he could do little with his second invalid. Tomás Campuzano experienced the same difficulty with his “invalid”, but Jose Cubero “Yiyo” triumphed once again. He took a turn of the ring on his first bull but cut an ear on his second for another varied and tasteful faena, bringing his total of trophies up to four, in a tie with Ojeda for the triunfador of San Isidro.
Sat. June 4th. LUIS FRANCISCO ESPLA, A GREAT TORERO.
The bulls from Tulio and Isaias Vazquez were difficult and in general manso. They furnished a rather exasperating afternoon for toreros and aficionados alike.
Paco Ruiz Miguel did the best he could this afternoon, as well as on previous performances, but he had no choice but to abandon Madrid without any ears in his baggage.
Jose Luis Palomar could not overcome the difficulties of his animals and we might say that Palomar appeared in the Fair as a torero of rather fragil enthusiasm.
Luis Francisco Esplá put together a very taurine effort with his first bull which was from Carmen Ordoñez and he cut a very deserving ear from a public grateful for his style and efforts.
Sun. June 5th. AN EVENTFUL CONCLUSION TO THE FAIR.
The Salvador Guardiola Fantoni bulls did not facilitate the success of the toreros. Dámaso González was his usual valiant and determined self. Dámaso could have cut an ear from his second bull but he had difficulty with the kill.
José Ortega Cano, who substituted for Julio Robles, injured in an auto accident, did not have his lucky afternoon either and Jose Nelo “Morenito de Maracay” went all out and earned the applause of the public for his efforts.
FINAL WEEK, SAN ISIDRO 2019
June 9th: Bulls from Baltasar Ibán for Curro Díaz, Emilio de Justo and Pepe Moral
10th: Bulls from Ventorrillo for Eugenio de Mora, Sebastián Ritter and Francisco José Espada
11th: Bulls from Valdellán for Fernando Robleño, Iván Vicente and Cristian Escribano
12th (Corrida de Beneficencia): Bulls from Los Espartales y Cuvillo for Ventura, El Juli and Urdiales
13th: Toros de Cuadri for Rafaelillo, López Chaves y Octavio Chacón
14th: Bulls from Fuente Ymbro for Morenito de Aranda, Pepe Moral and José Garrido
15th (Corrida de la Cultura): Bulls from Victoriano del Río for Sebastián Castella, Paco Ureña and Roca Rey
Sunday the 16th (Corrida de la Prensa): Bulls from Santiago Domecq for El Fandi, López Simón and Pablo Aguado
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Bullfight/Eric Titcombe, CC BY2.0