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Floyd Patterson's proposed heavyweight title bout with Archie Moore was pushed back indefinitely by cautious seven-man board of physicians who examined X-rays of his healing right hand, decided he wouldn't be ready by September. Disappointed Patterson, who had been using hand on light and heavy bags and doing some light boxing, reported no pain.
Hamilton Richardson, 22-year-old Rhodes Scholar, combined booming serve and near-flawless net game to defeat Mexico's Mario Llamas 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in third singles match and assure U.S. of victory in American Zone Davis Cup final at Rye, N.Y. Mexico's Cuppers had extended U.S. when doubles team of Llamas and Francisco Contreras outlasted youngsters Sam Giammalva and Barry MacKay 11-13, 6-4, 1-6, 8-6, 6-3. U.S. won other singles contests; Richardson beating Contreras, Vic Seixas overpowering Llamas and Giammalva taking Estaban Reyes (see page 41).
Rod Laver, 17-year-old left-hander and first Aussie to compete in national junior singles, beat Chris Crawford in straight sets for title at Kalamazoo, Mich., portended further gloom for future U.S. Davis Cup prospects.
Dedicate, game 4-year-old bay son of Princequillo, rallied under Jockey Eddie Arcaro's bat at 16th pole for head victory over Midafternoon in mile-and-three-sixteenth, $57,500 Brooklyn Handicap at Jamaica. Said Arcaro: "The dude [an Arcaroism for horse] was really rolling at the finish."
Two of the year's upsets came in featured races at Washington Park. Ben A. Jones beat Swoon's Son by four lengths in $27,475 Sheridan Handicap, and Needles, in first start on turf, found six-furlong distance unsuitable, finished last as Burnt Child set new American turf mark of 1:09 4/5.