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Wheatley Stables' Bold Ruler, running comfortably and easily at mile-and-sixteenth, hardly worked up sweat in $28,400 Queens County Handicap at Jamaica, romping smartly under snug hold by Jockey Arcaro to 2�-length victory.
Neji, lugging unprecedented 173 pounds gracefully and powerfully over 13 jumps under able ride by Pat Smithwick, left stablemate Ancestor seven lengths behind in $57,725 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase at Belmont Park, covering rugged 2�-mile grind in track record 4:42 2/5. Smithwick had only deep praise for durable 7-year-old gelding: "The greatest jumper I have ever ridden."
Rory Calhoun, rough and ready fifth-ranked middleweight who still has lot to learn, was forced into playing hare and hounds with backpedaling Rocky Castellani (see page 29), never quite caught up to his clutch-and-grab rival, but piled up more than enough points to take dull 10-rounder as IBC brought boxing back to New York's Madison Square Garden after seven-month hiatus.
Spider Webb, No. 6 middleweight subbing for ailing Ralph (Tiger) Jones, zoomed in on surprised Jackie LaBua with two quick right-handed shots, won by KO in 59 seconds of first round at Louisville. Explained LaBua: "I didn't see the punch coming."
Herman (Muggsy) Taylor, rumble-voiced Philadelphia promoter and frequent partner of IBC's Jim Norris, idle for more than two years while Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, in prolonged hearings, pondered "pirating" charges made against him by former Manager Donald Rettman and Boxer George Johnson, was given his license and green light to return to business at same old stand (see page 28).
Sid Flaherty was another who made his boxing peace, convincing California commission that he was prepared to love, honor and obey laws of stale. He admitted that he had doubled in brass as promoter and manager in past but henceforth would operate only as manager. Commission thereupon granted him license, paving way for heavyweight fight between Flaherty's No. 1-ranked tiger, Eddie Machen, and Hurricane Jackson in San Francisco, Nov. 13.
Horace Stoneham breezed into San Francisco with his Giants, promptly began wheeling and dealing. His first move: to swap Minneapolis franchise in American Association to Boston Red Sox for Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals. His second move: to sign Manager Bill Rigney to two-year contract.