Carry Back, the 1961 darling of American race tracks, will not emigrate to Paris for the glamorous Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe in October. Instead, he will stay at home and try to wrest Horse of the Year honors from Kelso, last year's winner.
It was not without regret that Owner Jack Price made his decision. It would have been a challenge to enter his exciting 3-year-old in an international event never won by an American-bred horse, not to mention the $100,000-$150,000 purse. But Price had to weigh some negative factors, too. Carry Back would require intensive training to learn how to run clockwise at Longchamp. Then he would have to repeat the process in reverse on his return home. By staying here for such fat races as the United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City and the Woodward at Belmont Sept. 30, Carry Back could turn a profit with honor in his own country, and at far less risk to his racing future. Juggling all these factors, Price said thanks but no francs, at least till next year.
All in all, it was a wise decision. In this year's Arc de Triomphe, Carry Back would be lucky to finish third.
We take you now to downtown Bellingham, Wash. for the re-enactment of a historic scene from last week. A woman is driving home from two weeks of fishing in Canada. Her husband, totally nude, is sacked out discreetly in the back of their camper. The wife stops at a red light, then puts the camper into gear with a tooth-jolting jerk. The rudely awakened husband jumps up and is catapulted out the back as his wife drives off at near-sonic speed.
Now the husband realizes that he is standing at State and Holly Sts., the main intersection of Bellingham, and he is out of uniform. Several hundred bystanders, most of them women, make the same observation with varying sound effects. Some of them run for shelter, and so does the man. He winds up behind a row of garbage cans, where the police find him and make inquiries. It all ends happily; the police race down Hwy. 99, catch the wife and re-insert the now-blanketed husband into the camper. Just another relaxing, happy fishing trip.
This week, as the National Football League season begins, professional gamblers will move in with bribes and promises to try to beat the usually accurate point spreads offered by bookmakers. Pete Rozelle, the league's commissioner, recently gave his boys his stand on the subject. Said Rozelle, "You used to be told that we made spot checks on places where gamblers hung out. We used to say that we would not use surveillance on individual players. I can no longer assure you of that. We are using more agents than ever before, spending more money than ever keeping watch. If we have any reason to suspect a player he will be under surveillance."
The NFL has expanded its investigative staff to nearly 100 men, most of them FBI-trained. This staff, backed by Rozelle's firm stand, should deter the sleazy polluters of sport.
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