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Well, it doesn't look as if the Yankees are going to win the American League pennant this year. At the end of last week the three top contenders for the American League championship were Minnesota, Baltimore and Cleveland. Each of these shares its field with an NFL team—the Twins with the Vikings. the Orioles with the Colts and the Indians with the world champion Browns.
The World Series is scheduled to begin in the home park of the American League champion on Oct. 5 and, in the event of a seven-game Series, it could run through Oct. 12. Precedent says that no baseball field can be used for football during Series time. (Last year the St. Louis football Cardinals had to move a scheduled home game to Baltimore because the baseball Cards were in the Series. Baseball people felt, and rightly so, that the field could not be restored to playing shape soon enough after a football game.)
On Oct. 9 this year Pittsburgh is supposed to play in Cleveland in the NFL. On Oct. 10 the Giants are scheduled at Minnesota's stadium, and the Detroit Lions are in Baltimore. Since Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore are in the same conference, these games could be shifted. Minnesota and New York, however, are in different conferences, and you can bet that the Vikings will not hold still for a shift. It looks like an interesting problem for Pete Rozelle.
COMEBACK FOR CALUMET
During a wonderfully successful era that began, roughly, with Whirlaway's Kentucky Derby victory in 1941 and extended at least through Tim Tarn's Derby win in 1958, the devil-red colors of Calumet Farm dominated the turf world. But a sports organization cannot hope to remain at the top forever, as Notre Dame discovered in football and the New York Yankees are finding out in baseball. Calumet faltered. During four years its accounting books were done in devil-red ink.
That created a considerable tax problem. The income tax men hold that if a horse farm loses money over five consecutive years it is a hobby, not a business, and the losses are therefore not altogether deductible. Calumet faced the prospect of having to pay taxes on what had previously been deducted over a five-year period.
Mrs. Gene Markey, owner of Calumet, could not bear to sell any of her 846 magnificent Bluegrass acres in order to establish a 1964 profit. Instead, she cut expenses, sold some horses and stepped up breeding of her stallions to mares from other farms. The farm managed to finish in the black, although, said Mrs. Markey, "it took some finagling."
Now Calumet is really coming back. Whereas in 1963 it failed to win a single stakes race, and in 1964 won only two, so far this year it has captured five. In seven months it has won $230,000, closing in fast on the 1964 total of $299,975. Prospects are the best in years. Reverse, a 3-year-old colt by Turn-to out of Miss Grundy, has won four of its last five starts, including two stakes. No Fooling, a 2-year-old by Tom Fool—Real Delight, is promising, and so are two juvenile fillies, Another Love and Rose Court.
Calumet raced 44 horses last year. Now the farm runs 25. But, apparently, they are all runners.