Jack Price, owner of Carry Back, the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and a good bet to be 1962's Handicap Horse of the Year, wants to sell his prize. The price is $1 million. "I'm being realistic," Price said last week. "There's nothing we'd like more than to keep Carry Back and stand him at stud. But he's too great a responsibility. Anyone who comes up with a million dollars can have him. Then I'd buy back five shares for $165,000, or $33,000 a share."
The price seems a little low for such an outstanding performer (Swaps sold for a rumored $2 million, for example, and Nashua for $1,251,200). The reason, unquestionably, is Carry Back's undistinguished breeding. Horsemen recognize that Carry Back is a superb horse but they fear he is, in a sense, a freak and that his outstanding racing characteristics would not necessarily be passed along. "You'd be starting a whole new line," commented one amateur of the running horse.
Price still hopes to send Carry Back to France for the Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe in October. A victory in Paris would mean a $75,000 purse and tremendous added prestige. "It's 50-50 right now," Price said. Carry Back is scheduled to race again on Labor Day. "He doesn't have to win to earn the trip. No matter where he finishes, if I think he runs creditably, we'll fly right over to France. If we go, we'll go a month before the Arc, train him on the Longchamp turf and get a good foreign jockey to ride him. I figure it will cost $15,000 to make the trip: $5,000 for stable transportation, $5,000 in extra insurance premiums, $2,000 for my travel expenses, $3,000 in living expenses for the month in Paris. If he could win the Arc and retire in a blaze of glory, it would all be worth it."
THE INSIDE TRACK
?The Houston Colts are going all-out for the future. They've signed 68 young players under the new bonus rule, more than any other club in the majors, and they are putting not one but two rookie teams in the Arizona Winter League, which plays a 50-game schedule between October 12 and December 9. Other clubs with teams in the instructional league are the Dodgers, Giants, Pirates and Cubs.
?Latest betting odds from Las Vegas had Sonny Liston 8 to 5 over Floyd Patterson, Arnold Palmer 3 to 2 over both Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in that TV "golf world championship" (if you want to take Nicklaus and Player, you put up 10 to win 13), and the Dodgers 3-to-2 favorites to win the National League pennant. Those baseball odds change daily, but the Giants were 2� to 1 and the Reds 8 to 1.
?Don't be surprised if Ford has an entry in the Indianapolis "500" next year, Mickey Thompson, speed king and builder of Buick-engined cars for this year's "500," has been unable to rehire Driver Dan Gurney for the 1963 race. Reason: Ford's got him for Indy.