The Caufield Cup, the trophy for one of Australia's two most esteemed horse races, will sit for the next year on a Beverly Hills mantlepiece, thanks to a judicious purchase a fortnight ago by two Los Angeles businessmen.
Three days before the 90th running of the historic stakes event, Investor William Breliant and Accountant Irving Litz flew to Australia and bought Tobin Bronze, a 5-year-old chestnut who had won 23 races and $164,000. The buyers had been told by California Trainer Charlie Whittingham that the horse could probably beat anything in America up to 10 furlongs. They purchased Tobin Bronze for about $450,000, a record in Australia, but noteworthy in the U.S. because it was so small, rather than so large, a price. The following Saturday Tobin Bronze won the Caufield Cup and the $40,000 purse that went with the victory.
Breliant and Litz were at first reluctant to go into the winner's circle at the Melbourne track, mindful, no doubt, that Australian racing enthusiasts still hold every American responsible for the mysterious death 35 years ago in California of the famed Phar Lap. Now another Australian champion was being taken away.
But the crowd applauded the new owners as well as the horse, and Major General Sir Rohan Delacombe, the governor of Victoria, has even offered to arrange transport for Tobin Bronze to the Washington, D.C., International on November 11, where he will formally compete for Australia, despite his new ownership.
FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY
In a high school football game in Texas, New Deal beat Roosevelt 46-14.
NOT SO SPARTAN PROSE
A few days after he had suspended six Michigan State football players, Coach Duffy Daugherty was explaining in his newspaper column why athletes have to be disciplined: "To become a champion all athletes have to be aware of the value...of discipline, of being willing to have respect for authority, being willing to discipline one's self and of being willing to give up some of the things that non-athletes are doing.... I feel so strongly about our young men trying their best at all times that I not only talk to them a great deal in this vein but also write them a number of letters during their summer vacations.
"In these letters I point out our goals, hopes and aspirations for the coming season. I ask them to think big so their deeds will grow, to hitch their wagon to that proverbial star and to come back to fall practice imbued with an overwhelming desire to do everything within their God-given talents to help us achieve the high goals that we have set for ourselves.
"Knowing that words might fail to get across my important points in my final letter I enclose this little poem:
If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun, be a star.
For it isn't by size that you win or you fail,
Be the best of whatever you are."