"That horse there is Hitting Away, and he don't know it yet but he's going to run on grass, too. I've had a big fight with him over who was going to be the boss, him or me. I'm going to be the boss.
"Another thing I have is 2-year-olds. One of 'em is Henry The Eighth. He's by Bold Ruler out of Flirtatious, and I like him. But most of all I got 2-year-old fillies. Sometimes I don't even know how many I got. Every place I look there's a filly. I got one called No Resisting, one called Medici, one called Fashion Verdict and one called Bold Princess. I guess it's just a matter of throwing a saddle on them and letting them run."
At Saratoga this month Sunny Jim threw a saddle on Bold Princess and she easily won the $29,250 Schuylerville Stakes. He also put Hitting Away on the grass twice at Saratoga and he has won both times. So remember the names of those other orchids: No Resisting, Medici and Fashion Verdict.
American amateur tennis has sunk to such a low that when the U.S. Davis Cup team lost to Mexico in the American Zone semifinal—the earliest we have ever been eliminated from Davis Cup play—there was no talk of its being an upset. The superior Mexican team won at half speed, so to speak, and it was the U.S. that was fired up and almost pulled off a surprise victory. Mexico's star, 23-year-old Rafael Osuna, lost one of his singles matches, almost lost the other and won the doubles with his partner, Antonio Palafox, mostly because of the inept play of the American, Dennis Ralston. America's Chuck McKinley stunned Osuna in straight sets in the opening singles match, and then Jack Douglas played him into exhaustion and almost beat him in a five-set match. Osuna, one of the top amateur players in the world, must regain the touch that was missing in the matches with the U.S. if Mexico is to beat Yugoslavia, Sweden and India and gain the Challenge Round against Australia in December.
If they do get to Australia, the Mexicans could be tough. Osuna plays best on grass, and that's the surface he'll have in Australia. And Palafox has played brilliantly enough on occasion to beat players like Australia's Rod Laver, probably the No. 1 amateur in the world today. "When Palafox is on his game and playing with courage, no one can beat him," says Mexico's captain, Ponch Contreras. "Unfortunately, this does not occur often."
The old adage holds that pitching is 75% of baseball. Don't sneer at old adages. The Kansas City Athletics are first in the league in hitting, 10th in pitching—and stand where? Ninth.
THE WISE GUISE
It seemed like such a kindly project when Chicago FM station WCLM got a license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate on two bands. One band offered typical FM fare—all music, little news. The other, broadcasting on a special frequency that could be picked up only by special equipment, was to be a continual report of sports news, with a little general news and very little music. The idea, someone said, was to provide sports news "for old folks and shut-ins." And it was arranged for one of the special receivers to be placed in an old folks' home.
Recently, after sporadic raiding of bookie joints, the Chicago police noticed that they had confiscated nine of the special receivers out of a total of only 27 that are known to exist. Moreover, the receivers were getting race results from such distant tracks as Hialeah directly after each race, a convenience that could serve as prophylaxis against the bookie's dread disease—past-posting.