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Gaspar Ortega, quick-moving Mexican with handy knack of knocking over favorites, added still another to his list, stabbing and jabbing away at bomb-throwing ex-Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco in early rounds and bravely trading punches with heavy-hitting Bostonian in later rounds to win 10-round split decision in New York's Madison Square Garden. Said puzzled DeMarco: "I guess all you can say is that the horse ran out."
Swaps, still suspended in sling to facilitate healing of left hind leg fractured in Oct. 9 workout at Garden State, was choice for Horse of Year and best handicap horse in annual poll of The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form. Other bests: Barbizon, 2-year-old colt; Leallah, 2-year-old filly; Needles, 3-year-old colt; Doubledoghare, 3-year-old filly; Decathlon, sprinter; Blue Sparkler, handicap filly or mare; Career Boy, grass horse; Shipboard, steeplechaser. Latest report on Swaps: recovering; appears brighter and even puts full weight on injured leg for brief periods without pain; X-rays show good callus formation.
Summer Tan, back in big money after spending most of year chasing home winners, began to look more and more like horse he should have been, outhoofing straining Midafternoon and spent Find to win going away by three lengths in $50,000 Pimlico Special.
Don Newcombe, his feelings bruised and battered by World Series failures and criticism by fans despite 27 regular-season victories for Brooklyn Dodgers, got morale-boosting lift (and salary-talking point) when Baseball Writers Association voted him 40-point edge over Teammate Sal Maglie for National League's Most Valuable Player award. Confessed surprised but happy Newk: "I didn't think I'd get it."
Philadelphia traded power for defense, giving up Outfielder Del Ennis, who spent 11 major-league years clouting home runs (259) for Phillies and unnamed minor leaguer to St. Louis for Outfielder Rip Repulski and Utility Infielder Bobby Morgan.