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BOATING—WEATHERLY, smartly skippered by Bus Mosbacher, sailed well through a strong southwest wind to win the 24-mile Queen's Cup race from Block Island to Newport, R.I. over four other top 12-meter boats. Easterner finished second, followed by Nefertiti, the Australian-chartered Vim and Columbia. The race, a part of the New York Yacht Club's cruise, has no direct bearing on the contest to choose the defender for the September America's Cup event.
BOXING—MIKE DE JOHN, Miami heavyweight with a record of 28 knockouts in 53 bouts, couldn't kayo Robert Cleroux, the Canadian heavyweight champion, but slugged his way to a 10-round unanimous decision in Miami.
FISHING—JOHN MARTIN MATTHEWS, veteran offshore guide at Port Aransas, Texas, threw all kinds of bait overboard trying to catch a sizable sailfish nosing around his boat in fairly shallow water off St. Joseph Island. When all else failed, Matthews threw himself overboard and wrestled the fish aboard. It was 7 feet 5 inches and perfectly healthy.
GOLF—TED KROLL, who was the leading PGA money winner in 1956 and hadn't won a tournament since, finally found the range in the $30,000 Canadian Open in Montreal. Tied with Charlie Sifford, five-time Negro champion, going into the final round, Kroll went ahead by two strokes on the closing four holes to win at last.
HARNESS RACING—A.C.'s VIKING ($3.10), getting ready for The Hambletonian, outclassed a field of five in the $14,600 Gen. George Washington trot at Brandywine Raceway. Driven by Sanders (The Preacher) Russell, the 3-year-old, who has already won the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown, quickly took the lead and stayed there to beat Pro Hanover by a length. Safe Mission was third.
HORSE RACING—SEVEN THIRTY ($21) was the girl of the hour at Delaware Park as she won the $141,875 Delaware Handicap, world's richest race for fillies and mares. (See page 20.) George D. Widener's 4-year-old slipped along the rail to catch front-running Cicada in the stretch, then burst past to win by a head. The favorites, Darby Dan Farm's entry of Bramalea and Primonetta, finished in that order, about seven lengths back. Larry Adams urged the winner over the mile and a quarter in the near-record time of 2:02 3/5. Ronnie Ferraro, the almost unnoticed Philadelphia apprentice who has become the winningest jockey of the year, piled up a record number of 84 firsts during Delaware's 54-day meeting, and now has 195 wins, nine more than Willie Shoemaker.
Affectionately ($2.60), the darling of the form players, didn't cause her followers a flutter as she easily won the $100,440 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park over eight other 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Swaps, ridden by Ismael Valenzuela, set a stakes record of 1:10 for the six furlongs. Never headed from the start, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' filly pounded in five lengths ahead of Fashion Verdict. No Resisting, the only horse to have beaten Affectionately in her 9 starts, was no challenger this time, finishing seventh.
Prove it ($3.80) took the $88,000 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park in a photo finish over Windy Sands for his fourth straight stakes win. Rex C. Ellsworth's 5-year-old caught Windy Sands at the stretch turn, and the two dueled to the finish of the 1 5/8-mile race. Willie Shoemaker rode the winner.
A filly by Bold Ruler became the most expensive miss of the auction world as she brought a world record price of $79,000 at the Keeneland (Ky.) summer sale of yearlings. Spendthrift Farm's Leslie Combs II and his son, Leslie B. Combs II, collected the sum from hotel owner Garvice Kincaid. Spendthrift sold a total of 30 yearlings for $827,200, the highest amount ever grossed by one stable at the Keeneland sale. Bidding on 273 yearlings, however, averaged only $12,993 a head, a drop of 8% from last year's prices.