T.V. Lark ($14.90), out to earn an invitation to the Nov. 11 Washington D.C. International (see page 53), won the $29,350 Knickerbocker Handicap and set an American record of 2:40 for 1 5/8 miles on the turf at Aqueduct, N.Y. and received his invitation. Johnny Longden moved the 4-year-old colt up from seventh place to win by a nose over the fast-closing Nasomo.
Henry The Seventh and Violetta III finished the mile-and-a-furlong Cambridgeshire Handicap, which determines an Irish Sweepstakes payoff, in a dead heat, thereby doubling the number of first-place sweepstakes winners throughout the world. Violetta III, a 33-to-1 long shot ridden by Larry Parkes, caught Henry the Seventh, ridden by Edward Hide, in the last furlong to bring about the third dead heat in the 119-year history of this Newmarket, England race.
HORSE SALES—The 17th annual KEENELAND BREEDING STOCK SALE set a record gross of $18,585,000 for three days' bidding in which 456 head were sold. Keswick Stables paid an alltime Keeneland high of $22,000 for a weanling colt by Native Dancer-Raise You, while the Shawnee Farm spent $64,000 for Fiji, a 5-year-old mare by Hill Prince-Fifth Fleet, at Lexington, Ky.
Old glory horse sale in three days of auctions brought $700,000 for 450 harness horses. J. S. Turner Jr., acting for his father's estate, put up the 10-year-old stallion Adios Boy for sale at $100,000, but when the bidding stopped at $85,000 Turner himself bought the son of Adios-Carrie Castle for $90,000. It cost Turner $9,000 in commission to buy the horse from his father's estate.
SHOOTING—Army Sergeant 1/c SAMUEL W. HUNTER in three days of dead-eye marksmanship put together a total score of 1,657 out of a possible 1,800, won the U.S. International Free Pistol Championship, but the Army, in spite of Hunter's strong showing, placed second to the Air Force in the team standings, at Fort Benning, Ga. Another Army man, 1st Lieut. Willard D. Powell, won the international running deer competition with a score of 1,244 out of a possible 1,500.
TENNIS—AUSTRALIA'S ROY EMERSON and Rod Laver were rated one-two in the latest list of the world's best male amateur tennis players. Chuck McKinley, only American to make the top 10, was fifth behind third-place Nicola Pietrangeli of Italy and fourth-place Manuel Santana of Spain. Darlene Hard of Montebello, Calif., winner of the National Women's title at Forest Hills, was also ranked fifth behind Angela Mortimer of Great Britain, Margaret Smith of Australia and Ann Haydon and Christine Truman of Great Britain.
Rod Laver, Wimbledon Champion, who lost to Roy Emerson in the U.S. Nationals and Australian Championships, beat Emerson 7-5, 6-3 in the finals of the Queensland Hard-court Championships at Brisbane, Australia. Laver and Emerson then teamed to give spectators a preview of what may be the Australian Davis Cup doubles combination, beating Fred Stolle and Bob Hewitt, runners-up in the Wimbledon doubles, 6-3, 6-4.
TRACK AND FIELD—SZIGMOND NAGY, Hungarian shotputter, set an odd world's record when he put the shot 57 feet 1 inch right-handed and 47 feet 10 inches left-handed for an aggregate of 104 feet 11 inches, at Budapest, Hungary. Parry O'Brien's mark was 102 feet 1� inches.
Tom Blodgett, 22-year-old Harvard grad, now a Cambridge University post-graduate student, won five events in the two-day freshman meet at Cambridge, England. In driving rain Blodgett ran the 120-yard high hurdles in 14.4 and the 220-yard low hurdles in 23.5; next day he won the pole vault at 12 feet 6 inches, the javelin with 167 feet 7 inches and the broad jump with 23 feet 2 inches.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: ANDY PHILLIP, BENNY BORGMANN and JOHN J. O'BRIEN to the Basketball Hall of Fame, at Springfield, Mass. Phillip, an All-America forward on the 1942-43 University of Illinois' Whiz Kids, later went on to star with four NBA teams and is now coaching the Chicago Majors of the new ABL. Borgmann scored more than 25,000 points playing with the original Celtics and other professional teams from 1917 to 1938. A pioneer in professional basketball, O'Brien served as president of the American League for 25 years. The three men will take part in the Nov. 6 services commemorating the game's 70th anniversary and the 100th birthday of its founder, Dr. James A. Naismith, at Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.