Swoon's Son, so rank in early going that Jockey Eddie Arcaro had to stand in saddle to rate him, forged into lead at top of stretch for �-length victory in $159,425 American Derby on Washington Park's soggy turf. Needles, still mite leery of grass, failed to respond in run for wire, finished fifth. Said Arcaro: "I asked him to give me his best when we straightened out for home, and he really purred." (see page 47).
Splendored, 2-year-old daughter of Double Jay, stayed with pack until final furlong when Jockey John Heckman found opening on rail, drove her to head victory over Romanita in $97,470 Princess Pat Stakes at Washington Park. Favored Leallah, apparently discouraged by heavy going, suffered first loss in six starts, came in fifth.
Dedicate, Mrs. Jan Burke's 4-year-old colt, wore down Summer Tan entering last quarter mile under Jockey Willie Boland's smart handling, breezed to four-length victory with track-record time of 1:49 4/5 in nine-furlong, $40,000 Whitney at Saratoga.
Sugar Ray Robinson, wheeling and dealing, attempted break with IBC ( James D. Norris, president), considered bids from both Philadelphia and Los Angeles promoters for September title defense against Gene Fullmer. Said free-enterprising Sugar: "I've only got one title to put on the line and I'm going to get all I can. Norris wants everything for himself.... It's [his exclusive contract with IBC] illegal and won't stand up in court." Countered Norris: "I think Ray is just popping off. We're not going to break relations...even if he breaks with us. He owes us too much money." Ultimate decision most likely rests with Federal Judge Sylvester Ryan who will delineate IBC power this autumn.
Brenda Frazier, women's record holder for speediest Channel crossing, broke Marilyn Bell's Lake Ontario standard by more than two hours, completing 32-mile haul from Niagara-on-the-Lakein 18:51. Said Brenda, after touching down at Toronto in driving-rain: "I feel fine, thank you. I'll have my bath now."
Mrs. Amy Hiland of Long Beach, Calif, battled cold waters and tricky rip tides of Strait of Juan de Fuca for 10 hours 51 minutes, became first woman to conquer northwest channel.