Hammy Faye Bacon
Hammy Faye Bacon, 8 months old, tore up the pig racing circuit in her first year of competition, with 420 wins in 630 starts. She had a top speed of 17.5 mph over the 150-foot oval track and got an Oreo for each victory. She trains at Robinson's Racing Pigs farm, where the noted Secretariat, winner of 230 of 380 races, is on maternity leave.
Cody, 7 months, is one of four prairie falcon mascots at the U.S. Air Force Academy. On Dec. 31 he will simulate military aerial skills such as high-speed target attack passes and flybys during the Liberty Bowl pregame show. Cody and the other cadet-trained mascots, Attila, Grimmy and Lyle, will serve two years before being released to the wild.
Get Up, 7, leaped 19'11" to become grand champion at the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. In the triple-hop final he defeated fellow Californians Born Free, of Roseville, and Wacky Wart, of Santa Clara, by six and seven inches, respectively. His jockey, Bob Yost, 39, returned him to the wild after his win.
Bobby Joe Skoal
Bobby Joe Skoal, 9, a gelding, was named Saddle Bronc of the Year for the second time in a row by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Earlier he had twice been runner-up. At the national finals Craig Latham, 25, of Kaycee, Wyo., took advantage of Bobby Joe's consistent bucking action to earn an 82-point second-round victory.
BOSQUE FARMS, N.MEX.
Slick Willie, 9 months, a mallard drake, won the Great American Duck Race in Deming, N.Mex., over 500 competitors. He prevailed in all four of his heats, averaging .90 of a second for the 16-foot course. He trains with current world-record holder Harvey (.83) and is owner Robert Duck's ninth straight Great American champion.
Batley, 10 months, a white domestic gobbler, was a triple medalist at the Live Turkey Olympiks in New Preston, Conn. He won the 50-foot dash in 15.2 seconds, earned a silver medal in the high jump with a leap of 3½" and finished third in the eight-gate, 50-foot slalom event, behind fellow Connecticuters Kris Kringle and Zsa Zsa.