Nashua and Swaps, running again after long layoffs, have won their races and now the odds that they will meet again in the Gulfstream Park Handicap on St. Patrick's Day are better than ever. A new factor in the rivalry is Social Outcast, a head behind Nashua in the Widener Handicap. He goes to California for the Santa Anita Handicap, where he will come up against Swaps (see pages 42-45).
The first men's national curling championship in the U.S. since 1869 will be held at Chicago Stadium in April 1957. Prime mover for the national bonspiel is Hughston M. McBain, Marshall Field chairman and son of a famous curler. There are 73 curling clubs in the U.S. and about 7,000 active curlers. In Winnipeg there are 32,000 people and 15,000 curlers.
Income-tax returns of Blinky Palermo, Philadelphia fight manager, and Herman (Muggsy) Taylor, fight promoter, have been ordered sent to Washington by the Department of Internal Revenue. A mysteriously ominous spokesman said: "It does not exactly mean that this is an income-tax probe or a probe of just these men."
The pickled sands of Daytona Beach, the roughest in years, limited the speed-trial program of the National Association for Stock Car Racing ( NASCAR) to practice acceleration runs at first, then smoothed out to permit hope that most scheduled events could be crowded into the remaining week.
The Cincinnati Redlegs this season will wear a uniform of elastic-knit nylon and durene. Trousers will be on the order of football pants and the shirt will be very like the vest style once worn by the Chicago Cubs.