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Madison Square Garden Rodeo in New York ended with following winners: Saddle bronc riding: Casey Tibbs , Fort Pierre, S.D. (Deb Copenhaver, dueling Tibbs for national honors in bronc riding?SI, Oct. 18, was hampered by badly twisted knee, finished fifth). Bareback bronc riding: Buck Rutherford, Lenapah, Okla.; Calf roping: Buddy Groff, Bandera, Tex.; Steer wrestling: Gene Pruett, Ozark, Ark.; Brahma bull riding: Jim Shoulders , Henryetta, Okla.; Wild horse race: Kent Fillingham, Fort Worth, Tex.
King Ranch's High Gun with Eddie Arcaro up galloped to three-length triumph over C. V. Whitney's Fisherman in two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup race, at Belmont Park. High Gun's win earned $55,150 for owner Robert Kleberg Jr. , made High Gun top money horse for 1954 with $314,550.
Cain Hoy Stable's Flying Fury won 84th running of Champagne Stakes, nation's oldest race for two-year-olds, at Belmont. Flying Fury, sired by Nasrullah, paid $37.50.
Le Moussaillon II, ridden by Ann Waugh, 23, won 288-year-old Newmarket Town Plate Race at Newmarket, England. For amateurs only, four-mile race is only one on Britain turf calendar which permits girls to replace professional jockeys.
Carmen Basilio , Canastota, N.Y. welterweight, became top choice to fight winner of welterweight title fight between champion Kid Gavilan and Johnny Saxton, when Basilio clearly outpointed 17-5 underdog Allie Gronik of Detroit in ten rounds at Syracuse.