But not overwhelming, for it is impossible to break the Aussie spirit. This week Engert and Owens intend to race in the world championships in Chicago. To get there, the pair spent practically their last bob on a '52 Mercury, which they got for $50. "It has automatic transmission," said Engert happily. "We got the lot. It's better than the one I've got back home. We'll get to Chicago, all right. We'll kill them."
One way or another, we bet they will.
It may well be a record in modern Thoroughbred racing. Shannon's Hope, a 7-year-old gelding racing in the leaky-roof circuit of New England fairs, won five races in eight days, three of them on consecutive days.
The fairs do not resemble Saratoga or Santa Anita—jqckeys get a basic fee of $11 a mount, $26 for winning, $16 for second, $13 for third, and the purses are for $500 or so. But Shannon's Hope did himself proud nonetheless. First, he had an $11.80 win, at the Weymouth, Mass. fair, then moved down the South Shore to the Marshfield fair, where three days later he won for $15.60. He missed the next day but then put together three straight for $4.80, $4.20 and $5.80.
A CHEER FOR HOLLER
A star of Baltimore's championship team in the All-America Amateur Baseball Association Limited Tournament this summer has been Charles Holler, who plays third base. He has a lot of fans pulling for him to go on to stardom with the San Francisco Giants, whose roster Includes Chuck Hiller and Tom Haller, thus creating the possibility of a Hiller-Haller-Holler lineup.