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?Darn Safe of Hayes Fair Acres set world record for three-year-old geldings by trotting consecutive mile heats in combined time of 4:02 to win Horseman Futurity at Indianapolis. Darn Safe covered first mile in 2:01 2/5, second mile in 2:00 3/5.
?John Clark-Samaza, wearing foam rubber suit and using triple tank of oxygen and helium, set new world skin-diving record of 350 feet off Casino Point, Calif. Old record: 306 feet, set in 1947 in Mediterranean waters by Frederick Dumas of France.
SWEEP?Robert Sterling Clark's Kentucky-bred Never Say Die, sired by the great Nasrullah, wrapped up second of England's two major racing classics with 12-length victory in St. Leger at Doncaster. Last June, Never Say Die won Epsom Derby, and with St. Leger triumph became first American horse in 73 years to win both races.
STAYERS?Mrs. Ada L. Rice's Pet Bully fought off stretch challenge by Fairway Farm's Good Call to win Washington Park Handicap. Pet Bully's fast mile (1:34 2/5) earned him $110,900 for lifetime total of $283,402.
?Mrs. Marian duPont Scott's Mighty Mo, caught in bottom of stretch by Lowry Watkins' Tourist List, made final burst to win three-mile National Cup steeplechase in excellent time of five minutes, 55 seconds. Third in 19-jump test: Monkey Wrench of Mill River Stables.
JOCKEYS? Willie Shoemaker , making runaway of 1954 jockey championship, rode Blue Ruler of Murcain Stables to two-length victory in Del Mar Futurity, added two more winners on day's card to raise season total to 253.
? Sir Gordon Richards , recently retired world champion jockey, began new career as trainer when he took over conditioning of colt by Alycidon out of Eastern Express, bought at Doncaster yearling sales.