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The Big Gray's Last Race

Aug. 30, 1954
Aug. 30, 1954

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Aug. 30, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Soundtrack
Spectacle
  • A team of white oxen haul the palio—racing's oldest prize—around the crowded public square of ancient Siena to prepare the way for a centuries-old contest

Preview
Baseball
The Great Outdoors
  • A hulking mother brown bear glares from her den at four intruders...who have climbed a Kodiak mountain to try to catch her cubs for exhibits at a zoo

Nature
Under 21
Boating
Boxing
Column Of The Week
Acknowledgments
Sporting Look
Horse Racing
Golf
Bowling
Yesterday
Last Laugh
Departments

The Big Gray's Last Race

AT SARATOGA last week the Oneonta Handicap rated as a small event. The track was sloppy and the purse was only $3,270. But the Oneonta Handicap will go down in racing's memory book, for it proved to be Native Dancer's last. Only two other horses could be found to run against him, but he ran the kind of race that has been his trademark—letting the others set the pace, then charging down the stretch to win by nine lengths. A few days after this historic picture was taken, the Dancer turned up lame and Owner Alfred Vanderbilt retired him permanently.

This is an article from the Aug. 30, 1954 issue Original Layout

NATIVE DANCER'S MARGIN
RACELENGTHS
Maidens4½
Youthful Stakes6
Flash Stakes2½
Saratoga Special3½
Grand Union Hotel Stakes3½
Hopeful Stakes2
Special Weights1¼
Futurity Stakes2¼
East View Stakes1½
Gotham Stakes2
Wood Memorial4½
Kentucky Derby ¼
Withers Stakes4
Preakness Stakes ¼
Belmont Stakes ¼
Dwyer Stakes1½
Arlington Classic9
Travers Stakes5½
American Derby2
Allowance1½
Metropolitan Handicap ¼
Oneonta Handicap9

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ENGLISH CHANNEL season opened officially when Robert Paysour, Gastonia, N. C., Brenda Fisher, England, Toufic Bleik, Lebanon, and Antonio Abertondo, Argentina left Cape Gris Nez to compete against 12 other swimmers. First at Dover was Portugal's Baptista Pereira (12 hours, 25 minutes) who staggered ashore, said port he drank en route helped him to win.

(SM)ALL-AMERICAN high-school stars from east (dark jerseys) and west fought to a 6—6 tie before almost 10,000 spectators in Memphis. Although Ken Lovelace(72), Indianola, Miss. end worked up plenty of steam with a 16-yard run in the third quarter(above), it was not enough to give east a winning edge.

MIGHTY BATSMAN Frank Kellert, san Antonio (Texas League) 1st baseman, stepped to the plate a third time after clouting two home runs in a game against Houston. Kellert connected sharply, but the bat flew apart. Although it broke his string of homers (Kellert hit two the day before) his broken-bat hit went for a single.

SHUTOUT PITCHER Andy Wasil, husky 15-year-old from stamford, Conn., trimmed Jackson, Tenn. 2—0 in Washington for Stamford's third Babe Ruth League title in three years.

JUBILANT PAKISTANIS leaped exultantly after administering humiliating defeat to England during important cricket Test (championship) match in London. Pakistan's victory made Englishmen feel as miserable as would a Giant fan if his team went hitless against Poughkeepsie.

RECORD-SETTING Austin-Healey "100," driven by its 56-year-old designer, Donald Healey, proved itself the fastest sports car in the world by zipping over a mile course on Utah's Bonneville salt flats at 192.62 mph. On the same day the English designer set nine other U.S. and International speed records in the 2,000-pound superstreamlined car. Earlier in the week Healey was pictured from a low-flying airplane as he drove the car at better than 190 mph.

SCARED RABBIT, running like a ferocious football player, wove expertly downfield past startled Ulysses Curtis, Toronto back, during exhibition game between Toronto and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium.

BIG-GAME FISHERMAN Colonel Andrew Jones disdained customary scales picture to stand like an African hunter with feet propped on back of 670-pound bluefin tuna. Although large, Jone's bluefin, boated off Liverpool, Nova Scotia, is 307 lbs. short of record.

UNCOOPERATIVE STALLION Laird of Moray showed restlessness in judging ring of Derby, England horse show by grabbing hand of 72-year-old owner Joseph Stanfield that fed him. Nine-year-old Laird calmed down after breaking Stanfield's wrist.

TUG OF WAR pit two tons of the Detroit Police Dept. at the opposite ends of a rope at the University of Detroit Stadium to warm up for their part in the 28th annual Detroit vs. Toronto police track and field games. Average weight of the 17 patrolmen practicing above is 260 pounds, not counting Coach Norman McCorry (center), no lightweight himself. During the actual meet, a few days after this picture was taken, close to a ton (seven) of the husky Detroiters heaved slightly to tug Toronto police off their feet in two tests. The first required 19 seconds, the second 21.1 seconds. It was the 14th time in 14 years that Detroit has won the annual tug of war. Some 14,000 spectators watched the event. In over-all track competition, Detroit fared as well, winning the meet handily for the 28th time in as many years.

HILL-CLIMBING Motorcyclist Carlton Krantz chugged grimly past the 330-foot mark on Mt. Garfield near Muskegon, Mich., while many of the 20,000 spectators on hand for the national championship craned their necks below. Krantz, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., was one of 30 cyclists who made the haul up 350-foot Garfield. In the race against time and some near-vertical grades, Krantz placed 9th, covering the uphill course in 15.41 seconds at an average speed of 15 mph.

WASHTUB REGATTA on Main River Frankfurt, Germany attracted willing contestants, unwilling craft. Regatta was part of local festival.

FOURTEEN PHOTOS

THE TOP FIVE

NAME

STARTS

WINS

TOTAL EARNINGS

CITATION

45

32

$1,085,760

STYMIE

131

35

918,485

ARMED

81

41

817,475

NATIVE DANCER

22

21

785,240

ASSAULT

42

18

675,470