Bold Ruler, beaten by older horses at 1� miles last time out, found seven sloppy furlongs more to his liking, literally ran away from field in impressive 1:21[2/5] to break 51-year-old Belmont record while winning $23,250 Vosburgh Handicap.
Mrs. Ogden Phipps' Neji, durable old war horse, lugged 168 pounds up and over 16 obstacles, nearly flipped on last jump but was steadied neatly by Jockey Pat Smithwick to haul in first place in $32,250 Grand National Steeplechase Handicap.
Billy Haughton. usually around when top money is on line, reined Charming Barbara, Farmstead Acres' frisky brown filly, to front, held firm with occasional whipping despite spirited challenge by runner-up Time Me to win $30,000 Dream Trot for 3-year-olds at Roosevelt Raceway. Billy also was in sulky with three other winners, went home richer by $2,445.
Charles Goren and Helen Sobel, U.S. bridge experts, played their cards right, piled up 1,027 points to beat fellow-Americans Martin Cohn and Sanford Brown (1,001 points, and representatives of 23 other nations for Masters Championship of Europe and British Bridge World Challenge Cup in Selfridge's department store's flag-bedecked Exhibition Hall at London.
Swedish-made Volvos and Saabs carried day in Little Le Mans 10-hour endurance race at bustling new Lime Rock ( Conn.) track, sweeping first nine places. Bill Rutan of Essex, Conn, and Art Riley of Port Washington, N.Y. took turns zipping their conventional-drive Volvo around 1� -mile course, covered 597 miles at 59.6 mph average speed to finish first, ahead of four more Volvos. Next four places went to front-wheel drive Saab, firmly establishing Swedish cars as durable competitors in small-car field (see page 58).
Jim Shoulders, steel-nerved bronc buster from Henryetta, Okla., won bareback-riding title at New York's Madison Square Garden. Other winners: Vernon Kerns of Hearne, Texas, calf roping; Alvin Nelson of Sentinel Butte, N.D., saddle bronc; Sherman Sullins of San Diego, steer wrestling; Harry Tompkins of Dublin, Texas, bull riding.
Michigan State made week's biggest bang, hitting Michigan with all its power to win 35-6 in Big Ten feature, but most emotional victory belonged to Notre Dame, which squeezed past Army 23-21 on Monty Stickles' last-quarter field goal. Other Big Ten rumblings came from Ohio State, 21-7 winner over Illinois, and Minnesota, 41-6 victor over Northwestern. Oklahoma had its troubles with Texas but won 21-7 for 43rd straight. In other games: Pitt thumped Nebraska 34-0; Washington State outlasted Stanford 21-18; Oregon State beat Idaho 20-0; Navy defeated California 21-6; UCLA handled Washington 19-0; Auburn edged Kentucky 6-0; LSU upset Georgia Tech 20-13; North Carolina surprised Miami 20-13; Georgia ground attack licked Tulane 13-6.
Baltimore Colts continued to set NFL on its ear, exploding for 38 points in second half to beat Green Bay 45-17 and remain atop Western Division standings. Cleveland Browns, in first place in East, out-mauled winless Philadelphia Eagles 24-7 in game marred by fist fights. Things began to look up for New York Giants, who put together 11 pass completions in 13 attempts by veteran Charlie Conerly and 50-yard field goal by Ben Agajanian for 24-20 victory over Washington Redskins. San [Francisco's Y. A. Tittle once more played hero's' role, passing to End R. C. Owens for winning touchdown in final seconds as 49ers beat Chicago Bears 21-17; Detroit Lions picked off half dozen Los Angeles passes in 10-7 triumph over Rams; Pittsburgh Steelers, helped by Billy Wells' 96-yard scoring sprint in first period, beat Chicago Cards 29-20.