Events in Sport in 1853

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  • Mar 2 15th Grand National: Tom Oliver aboard Peter Simple wins
  • Sep 1 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times
  • Sep 24 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
  • Oct 12 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans