By Prof. Gordon Jones
When Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games and Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941, who had the second-highest batting average that season?
It wasn’t Joltin’ Joe himself at a flossy .358 or even Stan Musial in the National League. It was the shortstop for the Washington Senators, a gentleman named Cecil Travis at .367.
Sports trivia is big business these days for millions who enjoy beating their neighbors and legions of “experts” in the endless field of who did what to whom and when or how.
So why not test your wits with sort of a “Jeopardy” show in the seldom-seen theme of horse racing? Here are the answers for “Final Jeopardy” that Alex Trebek, owner of a past Pomona Invitational winner, might be happy to use on his own show:
· The only racetrack in the land that offered at least one stakes race per day for a minimum purse of $60,000 going to $65,000 this year.
· This track offered so many competitive races last year that one out of every five of its contests ended up in a photo finish.
· At this track “the form” was so fine that betting favorites won 35 percent of the races and yet the average winner lit up the tote board at a solid $11.00.