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Nail, big gray colt who had never won stakes race, took on East's top 2-year-olds, splashed down sloppy Widener chute to win second richest ($125,125) Futurity at Belmont Park, N.Y., earned $100,425 for Owner Mrs. Anson Bigelow of Palm Beach, Fla., daughter of late Joe Widener, longtime Belmont president.
Ben A. Jones , 9-1 short-ender ridden smartly by Bobby Permane, gave 2-year-old picture another jolt, whipped past Mark's Rickey in stretch, drove to 1� length victory in $28,400 Juvenile Handicap at Hawthorne, Chicago. Favored Swoon's Son, winner of six straight, finished weak third, was placed last for interference.
Ribot, 3-year-old Italian colt owned by Marchese Incisa della Rocchetta, stepped jauntily into lead in stretch, flashed burst of speed to take Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe, Europe's richest horse race ($87,328 to winner), before 150,000 at Longchamp.
Greater New York Association, Inc., nonprofit organization created by group of Jockey Club members headed by John W. Hanes , took over operation of Belmont Park, planned "rehabilitation" of all four New York tracks (others: Aqueduct, Jamaica and Saratoga).
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, windmilling Far Rockaway, N.Y. heavyweight who fights only because "it's better than working for a living," was fooled by right hand leads for four rounds, finally began to flail away at pudgy Rex Layne in fifth, won by TKO in sixth at Detroit. Manager Lippy Briedbart brazenly insisted Hurricane was "ready for Marciano." Beaten Layne snorted: "He's nothing but a clown."