Swaps went to work at mile-and-a-quarter for first time since match race with Nashua, showed plenty of speed and stamina as he romped home by two lengths under steady touch of Willie Shoemaker in 1:58 3/5 for new track record in $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park.
Nashua, held snug by Eddie Arcaro, literally ran away from undistinguished field, covering mile-and-a-quarter in 2:02 4/5 on muddy track to take $114,400 Monmouth Handicap by 3� lengths at Monmouth Park, boosting alltime earnings to handsome $1,236,965.
Swoon's Son, unbeaten as 3-year-old, was held off early pace by skillful Dave Erb, made his move at head of stretch, then roared past leaders to win $159,825 Arlington Classic at Arlington Park as 50-1 shot Ben A. Jones finished 1� lengths back and favored Fabius faltered again. Erb paid tribute to Swoon's Son, rated bay colt ahead of Needles: "This is the top 3-year-old I've ridden this year...bar none."
Eddie Machen, quick-hitting young (24) Californian who has put heavyweight title gleam in Manager Sid Flaherty's eye, had no trouble hitting strong but slow-moving Nino Valdes, finished off Cuban with smashing right to stomach in eighth round at Miami Beach for his 15th straight victory. Cagey Flaherty, admitting he had possible contender but still wary after what happened to Bobo Olson, refused to be hurried: "When I think he's ready for bigger fights, I'll get them."
World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, hard pressed for victory since winning Argentine Grand Prix last January, zipped his Ferrari along at steady and trouble-free 98.65-mph average to capture his first British Grand Prix at Silverstone after front-running Stirling Moss, slowed up by three pit stops, finally was forced out on 97th lap by split fuel tank.
Carroll Shelby, togged out in usual blue, bib-front overalls, churned up gravel on eight-mile carriage road as he roared his 4.5-liter Grand Prix Ferrari up New Hampshire's treacherous Mount Washington in record time of 10:21.8 to win Race to the Clouds.
TRACK & FIELD
Rafer Johnson, husky UCLA sophomore, got off and running with record 4,639 points in first five events, tailed off slightly next day when bothered by knee injury but still won national decathlon title and Olympic berth with 7,754 points at Crawfordsville, Ind. (see page 41).
Raimondo D'Inzeo, Italy's Olympic silver medal winner, romped through four perfect rounds aboard Merano (named Europe's best horse for second year) in jump-off, succeeded Germany's ailing and idle Hans Guenther Winkler as world jumping champion at Aachen.
Diamond Hal, Potato Farmer Sol Camp's 5-year-old bay sidewheeler, dawdled along behind pack in early going, put on burst of speed in stretch when Driver Joe O'Brien "talked to him and sort of clucked," edged Dotties's Pick by scant head in $25,000 National Pacing Derby at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y.