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The Big Gray's Last Race
August 30, 1954
AT SARATOGA last week the Oneonta Handicap rated as a small event. The track was sloppy and the purse was only $3,270. But the Oneonta Handicap will go down in racing's memory book, for it proved to be Native Dancer's last. Only two other horses could be found to run against him, but he ran the kind of race that has been his trademark—letting the others set the pace, then charging down the stretch to win by nine lengths. A few days after this historic picture was taken, the Dancer turned up lame and Owner Alfred Vanderbilt retired him permanently.
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August 30, 1954

The Big Gray's Last Race

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THE TOP FIVE

NAME

STARTS

WINS

TOTAL EARNINGS

CITATION

45

32

$1,085,760

STYMIE

131

35

918,485

ARMED

81

41

817,475

NATIVE DANCER

22

21

785,240

ASSAULT

42

18

675,470

AT SARATOGA last week the Oneonta Handicap rated as a small event. The track was sloppy and the purse was only $3,270. But the Oneonta Handicap will go down in racing's memory book, for it proved to be Native Dancer's last. Only two other horses could be found to run against him, but he ran the kind of race that has been his trademark—letting the others set the pace, then charging down the stretch to win by nine lengths. A few days after this historic picture was taken, the Dancer turned up lame and Owner Alfred Vanderbilt retired him permanently.

NATIVE DANCER'S MARGIN
RACE LENGTHS
Maidens 4½
Youthful Stakes 6
Flash Stakes 2½
Saratoga Special 3½
Grand Union Hotel Stakes 3½
Hopeful Stakes 2
Special Weights 1¼
Futurity Stakes 2¼
East View Stakes 1½
Gotham Stakes 2
Wood Memorial 4½
Kentucky Derby ¼
Withers Stakes 4
Preakness Stakes ¼
Belmont Stakes ¼
Dwyer Stakes 1½
Arlington Classic 9
Travers Stakes 5½
American Derby 2
Allowance 1½
Metropolitan Handicap ¼
Oneonta Handicap 9

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

ENGLISH CHANNEL season opened officially when Robert Paysour, Gastonia, N. C., Brenda Fisher, England, Toufic Bleik, Lebanon, and Antonio Abertondo, Argentina left Cape Gris Nez to compete against 12 other swimmers. First at Dover was Portugal's Baptista Pereira (12 hours, 25 minutes) who staggered ashore, said port he drank en route helped him to win.

(SM)ALL-AMERICAN high-school stars from east (dark jerseys) and west fought to a 6—6 tie before almost 10,000 spectators in Memphis. Although Ken Lovelace(72), Indianola, Miss. end worked up plenty of steam with a 16-yard run in the third quarter(above), it was not enough to give east a winning edge.

MIGHTY BATSMAN Frank Kellert, san Antonio (Texas League) 1st baseman, stepped to the plate a third time after clouting two home runs in a game against Houston. Kellert connected sharply, but the bat flew apart. Although it broke his string of homers (Kellert hit two the day before) his broken-bat hit went for a single.

SHUTOUT PITCHER Andy Wasil, husky 15-year-old from stamford, Conn., trimmed Jackson, Tenn. 2—0 in Washington for Stamford's third Babe Ruth League title in three years.

JUBILANT PAKISTANIS leaped exultantly after administering humiliating defeat to England during important cricket Test (championship) match in London. Pakistan's victory made Englishmen feel as miserable as would a Giant fan if his team went hitless against Poughkeepsie.

RECORD-SETTING Austin-Healey "100," driven by its 56-year-old designer, Donald Healey, proved itself the fastest sports car in the world by zipping over a mile course on Utah's Bonneville salt flats at 192.62 mph. On the same day the English designer set nine other U.S. and International speed records in the 2,000-pound superstreamlined car. Earlier in the week Healey was pictured from a low-flying airplane as he drove the car at better than 190 mph.

SCARED RABBIT, running like a ferocious football player, wove expertly downfield past startled Ulysses Curtis, Toronto back, during exhibition game between Toronto and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium.

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