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December 12, 1955

A Roundup Of The Week's News

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Willie Hartack , pint-sized riding wizard, booted home Athena at Tropical Park to become second jockey to win 400 races (the first: Willie Shoemaker with 485 in 1953), was awarded gold cup and 10-day suspension (until Dec. 16) for allowing mount to drift out in race day earlier.

Trackmaster, who broke 18-race losing streak two weeks ago, responded to vigorous ride by Apprentice Don Lewis, stormed through mud to take $34,750 California Derby at Tanforan, San Bruno, Calif.

Mrs. Hirsch Jacobs' 3-year-old bay filly Searching eased into early lead, maintained pressure under able ride by Conn McCreary to win by three lengths in $15,000 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico, Md.

Nashua , rumored about to be sold at auction along with late William Woodward Jr.'s Belair Stud, got nod from TRA as best 3-year-old colt, seemed almost certain to be designated American champion later in week. Other TRA champions: Nail, 2-year-old colt; Nasrina, 2-year-old filly; Misty Morn, 3-year-old filly; High Gun, older horse; Parlo, filly and mare; Neji, steeplechase.

Tim Flock , youngest member of Atlanta's most distinguished auto-racing family, won 18 races with his 1955 Chrysler 300, set 22 speed records while earning $33,790 and 9,596 points, drove off with 1955 NASCAR title.

Oswald Jacoby , veteran Dallas strategist, and son James teamed up with Texans George Heath, Ben Fain and P. H. Hodge to win 57� matches, took open team-of-four championship in American Contract Bridge League national tournament at Miami Beach.

Willie Mosconi , sharpshooting cuemaster, had his shots clicking, whipped Irving Crane of Rochester, N.Y. 1500-676 to regain world pocket billiard championship at Philadelphia. Mosconi immediately offered to defend crown against all comers, tossed challenge at Harold Worst, world three-cushion titleholder.

Cork of Oakwood Lane, Dr. A. Harold Mork's 100-pound black Labrador, got every duck and pheasant assigned to him in near-perfect trial on final day to run off with National Retriever Championship Stake held on Conway ranch at Sacramento, Calif.

Hawaii's fast-moving Ford Konno dominated AAU All-America swimming team, was named for five events (220-yard, 200-meter freestyle; 440-yard, 400-meter freestyle; 800-meter relay). Other choices: Kerry Donovan, Hendrik Gideonse and Dave Armstrong of Yale; John Glover of New York AC; George Breen of Cortland ( N.Y.) State Teachers; Yoshi Oyakawa, Dick Cleveland, Bill Woolsey and George Onekea of Hawaii; Bob Mattson of North Carolina State; Bill Yorzyk of New Haven Swim Club; George Harrison of Berkeley (Calif.) City Club; Jerry Harrison and Al Wiggins of Ohio State; Gary Tobian of Los Angeles; Frank Brunell of Philadelphia; George Holtrey, Bill Shriner and Jerry Holtrey of Huntington ( Ind.) YMCA; Reid Patterson of Georgia (honorable mention).


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