HORSE RACING—JAIPUR ($2.30) had to prove himself faster than Man o' War to win the $82,650 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and he did. In a thrilling duel, the dark bay favorite battled evenly with Ridan all of the mile-and-a-quarter distance before winning by inches. His time of 2:01[3/5] was a fifth of a second faster than Man o' War's 42-year-old Travers record. Willie Shoemaker rode Jaipur for Jockey Club Chairman George D. Widener; Manuel Ycaza rode the loser.
HORSESHOES—PALL FOCHT, Dayton automobile worker, finally broke a personal jinx as he won the world championship in Greenville. Ohio. A runner-up to Harold Reno for six years, Focht, 52, practiced steadily for a month to develop the eye that enabled him to toss ringers in 81.7 per cent of his tries during the 10-day tournament. He beat Reno by winning 32 of 35 games.
HUNTING—FEDERAL WATERFOWL regulations were set by the Department of the Interior last week, and proved to be the strictest ever. Seasons in the Mississippi and Central flyways were slashed to a maximum of 25 days. The Atlantic flyway was given 50 days, and the Pacific 75 days, both the same as last year. Shooting of redheads and canvasbacks was prohibited for the third straight year. Bag limits on mallards were tightened in all flyways except the Pacific, as was the black duck limit in the Mississippi flyway. Seasons and limits on geese remained roughly the same as a year ago.
SWIMMING—CAROLYN HOUSE, 16, kept her white hair bobbing far ahead of the competition as she produced the big moments at the AAU women's outdoor championships in Chicago. She broke one of the three world marks that fell during the record-tumbling spree that always seems to happen whenever more than one American gets into a pool. Miss House paced herself beautifully through the 1,500 meters against Los Angeles teammate Sharon Finneran and was 30 meters ahead of her at the finish. New time: 18:44. She also bettered the listed American record for the 200-meter freestyle in 2:14.6. Miss Finneran set a world record for the 200-meter butterfly in 2:31.2, and Donna de Varona made the best time ever for the 200-meter individual medley in 2:33.3. With the imperturbable Misses House and Finneran leading the way, Los Angeles took team honors with 80 points. Santa Clara was a close second with 74. Murray Rose, 23, after eating a few lettuce leaves and figs for quick energy, whipped through the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.4 for a new world record, as the men also competed at Chicago. He broke Jon Konrad's record as Konrad watched from the sidelines. Out for Konrad's other major world record, the 1,500-meter two days later, Rose broke the American mark but missed the big one. Don Schollander, the Santa Clara club's whiz, tied the world 200-meter freestyle mark in 2:00.4.
TENNIS—MEXICO advanced farther along the Davis Cup route than it ever had before as it defeated Yugoslavia 4-1 in Mexico City. Rafael Osuna (see page 55) delighted the crowd with his vivacious play against blond Nicola Pilic. beating him 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 after his teammate Antonio Palafox had steadily ground down Boris Jovanovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening singles match. Then the two Mexicans took the conclusive doubles 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 before Pilic beat Mexican Captain Pancho Contreras in a meaningless singles match.
Frank Froehling of Coral Gables, Fla. had his name inscribed at the top of the list of the Russian championships when he won Moscow's first major international tournament. He beat another guest. Australia's John Newcombe, then paired with America's Donald Dell to take the doubles.
Margaret Smith needed only 39 minutes to trounce onetime Wimbledon champ Maria Bueno of Brazil in the Essex invitation tournament in Manchester. Mass. The big Australian never let up, as she won 6-1, 6-4.
Chuck McKinley was the only one in Newport, R.I. with a serve bigger than that of upstart Gene Scott, 24, of St. James, N.Y. He beat Scott in the finals 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to take the men's singles.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM BEATTY, hearkening to a wildly encouraging crowd at London's White City Stadium and a phalanx of helpful pacesetters, ran the mile in 3:56.5, a record for an American. Beatty, touring Europe with a Los Angeles Track Club team, barely spurted past teammate Jim Grelle at the finish as Grelle, Too, bettered the American record of 3:57.6 set by Dyrol Burleson. Three followers were helped to a sub-four-minute mile, among them another L.A. runner, Bob Seaman, in 3:58.
Peter Snell, the world's fastest miler but not a competing distance runner until he began training arduously for the November Empire Games in Perth, showed he had further increased his stamina by winning New Zealand's cross-country championship. Snell clambered over hills and jumped fences as he outdistanced a good field over a six-and-a-quarter-mile course. Defending champion Pat Sidon was 41 seconds behind him at the finish.