Wise Margin, 5-year-old son of Market Wise, stepped smartly from last to first, stayed there to take $27,950 Narragansett Special at Pawtucket, R.I.
, his future still in doubt, was shipped off to A. B. (Bull) Hancock's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. to await decision by executors of late William Woodward Jr.'s estate. Said Veteran Trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons
hopefully: "We might bring him to Hialeah for winter racing."
Our Babu, 3-year-old English son of My Babu (recently bought by U.S. syndicate for reported $600,000), has been purchased through Cromwell Bloodstock Agency, will soon stand stud at Jonabell Stables in Lexington, Ky.
stretched winning streak to five by beating Boston 106-92 as ex-college All-America Tom Gola made 10-point debut, edging Syracuse 102-94 with help of 37 points by big Neil Johnston, took over Eastern Division lead in NBA. New York Knickerbockers ran into trouble with St. Louis, dropped pair to Western Division leaders 121-95, 104-91 but took Fort Wayne Pistons 110-88, 119-115 to remain close behind Warriors. St. Louis Hawks suffered blow when brilliant scorer Frank Selvy was called into armed forces, promptly bowed to Syracuse 84-80.
, unbeaten in 11 games, soared eight points in front of New York in National Hockey League, showed signs of running away from field. Canadiens nipped Toronto 3-2 on Maurice (Rocket) Richard's flashy backhand shot, thumped Rangers as fiery Rocket and his little brother Henri teamed up for three goals, then played to 1-1 deadlock with same team. Chicago's Nick Mickoski pulled hat trick in 6-1 trouncing of Boston, carried Black Hawks into third-place tie with slumping Bruins.
, onetime wild-flinging New York castoff who returned to pitch Yankees into World Series, and sturdy
, slugging Brooklyn catcher (.318, 32 home runs, 107 RBI) who batted meager .207 in 1954, were voted comeback-of-the-year honors in AP poll of Baseball Writers' Association.
Richmond Virginians, in hock to government for 1954-55 taxes, went under hammer at unprecedented auction, were sold to six-man syndicate for $20,000.
James Keelty Jr., 43-year-old building contractor, succeeded resigned Clarence Miles as president (without pay) of seventh-place Baltimore Orioles as board of directors gave General Manager-Field Manager Paul Richards vote of confidence.
and Mexican equestrian stars continued tight duel at Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, each team winning three events. Charles Dennehy Jr. was individual star for Americans but brilliant
Gen. Humberto Mariles
captured permanent possession of individual jumping championship trophy for Mexicans.