BOATING—Amidst snapped rods, burned-out pistons, stalled engines and river-tossed drivers, Miro Slovak. 1958 hydro champion, held Bill Boeing's powerful Wahoo together long enough to capture the President's Cup. On the first heat of the first day Maverick, leading boat on the 1959 circuit, bounced off a gentle chop and flipped over, throwing Driver Bill Stead into the Potomac River and out of contention. By the final heat on the second and last day only six of the nine hydros were left in racing condition. Don Wilson, leading on points in Miss U.S. 1, was flung while trying to catch Wahoo on the last lap, was fished unconscious from the Potomac. With red flares set off to stop the race, only Wahoo and Nitrogen, driven by Norm Evans, finished the heat.
HORSE RACING—Before a cheering crowd of nearly 50,000 on the first Saturday of racing at the new Aqueduct plant, Green-tree Stable's Weatherwise, running against eleven 2-year-olds in the $143,220 Futurity, chose the stretch turn to reveal himself as one of the more promising 2-year-olds of the season. Under Eddie Arcaro the son of Tom Fool, who won predecessor Belmont Futurity in his own year, swiftly moved to the outside and left favored Udaipur in second place more than a length behind (see below). Ready to challenge Weatherwise in the Champagne at Aqueduct (October 17) is Tompion, another 2-year-old Tom Fool colt, who proved himself earlier in the season by taking the Hopeful at Saratoga.
BOXING—Raymundo Torres, 18-year-old Mexican lightweight known as Battling Torres, knocked Frankie Ryff to the canvas in the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium at the beginning of the first round, seconds later dropped him in the opposite corner with a right, then put him away for the count with a left. Torres, undefeated in 26 fights, scored his 20th knockout, hopes to be knocking on Champion Joe Brown's jaw within six months.
Eddie Machen, footing around with Milwaukee Heavyweight Willie Besmanoff to the boos of the crowd, finally took command in the closing rounds with a series of furious, fast rights, outpointed Besmanoff for a unanimous decision at Portland. Machen, whose only loss in 32 bouts occurred last September when Ingemar Johansson knocked him flat in the first, upped his string to six straight.