EXTRA: SWAPS AND NASHUA WILL MEET
Rex Ellsworth's California red chestnut and William Woodward's New York bay colt are matched in a winner-take-all race that should determine which is truly Horse of the Year
News to gladden the hearts of racing fans everywhere came from Chicago this week. Swaps and Nashua will definitely meet in a match race to determine the unofficial U.S. champion 3-year-old. Since early June (SI, June 13) Ben Lindheimer, director of Chicago's Washington and Arlington Parks, has been trying to line up this dream race. His persistence has paid off and he was able to announce to the public this week that owners Rex Ellsworth of Swaps and William Woodward Jr. of Nashua have agreed to the following terms for what will almost certainly be the race of the year.
The date: Wednesday, August 31.
The place: Washington Park, Chicago.
The distance: Kentucky Derby distance of 1� miles.
The weights: Kentucky Derby weights of 126 pounds.
The purse: $100,000, winner take all, plus a gold cup for the victor.
Jockeys for the big race will be the same top riders who have guided both horses to sensational records: Willie Shoemaker aboard Swaps and Eddie Arcaro on Nashua.
When Lindheimer made his original proposal for the match race, both Ellsworth and Woodward were unable to make their training schedules jibe. Now all details have been worked out. Both owners agreed on Washington Park, which has the longest home stretch (1,531 feet) of any U.S. race course. Swaps is due at Washington Park next week. Nashua is now at Saratoga for a well-deserved rest but will be shipped west two weeks before the race.
Frisky Nashua stretches neck, Jockey Arcaro smiles after workout in Chicago, where colt won $148,500 Arlington Classic.
Victorious swaps ignored restraints of Jockey Shoemaker, won by six lengths in $57,750 Westerner at Hollywood Park.
SUMMIT MEETING FOR SPORT
America's leading sport figures lunch with the President and pose for a striking picture illuminating the depth and breadth of U.S. athletic talent