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As befits a young and attractive Kentucky matron, Mrs. P. A. B. Widener III of Lexington is a fine horsewoman. But, although she lives more than 500 miles from the ocean, it is at deep-sea fishing that she excels. Pictured here with her husband Pete, Kentucky's new commissioner of state police, Mrs. Widener has, at one time or another, held two world fishing records. In 1950 she set the women's Atlantic sailfish mark by landing a 70½-pounder on a 30-pound test line, and in 1951 she set another record by taking a 25-pound 5-ounce sailfish on a 20-pound test line. "I fish just for fun," says Mrs. Widener modestly. "Those records were just accidents. Just being out in the boat and trying your luck is the main idea. When you catch a fish, that's an added bonus." As proof of this, Mrs. Widener points out that her biggest thrill in fishing came from a disappointment, something veteran fishermen easily understand. It happened last month when she lost a 400-pound blue marlin after a three-hour struggle off Palm Beach. It was tough to lose him, she explains, but it was fun getting that close.

As the wife of a man who has an eighth interest in Nashua, she is also keen on racing. She owns a yearling filly by Shannon II out of Namor, and she expects to race her next year. "I have hopes," Mrs. Widener says, "I have hopes."