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Busher Fantasy, winner of only one race in nine starts, broke smartly, paid strict attention to Jockey Sam Boulmetis , raced to surprising victory over Espea and highly regarded but faltering Needles in $30,925 World's Playground Stakes at Atlantic City, N.J. to provide healthy (13-1) payoff for backers.
Westward Ho, running as entry with favored Saratoga, took over when Montpelier Farm colt pulled up with injury to right hind pastern, saved day for bettors by barging under wire � length ahead of fast-finishing Illusionist to capture $28,350 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct, N.Y.
Cary Middlecoff, chip-shooting with gun-sight accuracy, dropped 50-footer for eagle three on final hole, edged pressing Sam Snead by two strokes 276 to 278 to pocket $10,000 first prize in rich Cavalcade of Golf at Scotch Plains, N.J.
PGA named 10-man team to meet British in Ryder Cup matches at Palm Springs, Calif. Nov. 5-6. Those selected: PGA champion Doug Ford , Masters champion Cary Middlecoff, Chick Harbert, Tommy Bolt, Ted Kroll, Jerry Barber, Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr., Marty Furgol and Chandler Harper . Notable absentee: Bob Toski , leading money winner of 1954.
Phil Hill , daring young engineering consultant from Santa Monica, Calif., battled Sherwood Johnston of Greenwich, Conn, wheel-to-wheel over 148 miles of winding black-top course, finally prodded his Monza Ferrari two lengths ahead of Johnston's D Jaguar in feature race at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Class winners: Class B modified—Harold Ullrich, Evanston, Ill., in Excalibur; Class C—Ralph A. Miller, Lincoln, Neb., in Jaguar XK140MC; Class D modified—Hill, in Monza Ferrari; Class D— Paul O'Shea , Rye, N.Y., in Mercedes 300SL; Class E modified—Ted Boynton, Chicago, in Maserati; Class E—Bob Gold-rich, Chicago, in TR2; Class F modified—Frank Bott, Chicago, in Osca; Class F—Bob Ballenger, Highland Park, Ill., in Porsche; Class G modified—Rees Makins, Chicago, in Osca; Class G—Roy Heath, Salina, Kan., in TC MG; Class H modified—John C. Mays, Bloomington, Ill., in Fibresport (see page 52).
Juan Manuel Fangio , racing-wise Argentine, gunned his sleek silver Mercedes into early lead, kept it there for full 310.5 miles while averaging 128.493 mph, eased home in front of teammate Piero Taruffi in Italian Grand Prix watched by 300,000 at new Monza track.