Admiral Vee, gallant old geezer whose earnings have helped Owner Edward Seinfeld build plush Miami motel, fought off Inside Tract in head-bobbing stretch duel, dropped his nose down in front at wire to take $56,700 Saratoga Handicap.
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK, longball belting ex-Duke footballer who had gone two years without tournament victory, finally hit jackpot in St. Paul Open, mangling Keller Course with 25-under-par 263 to win welcome $3,500 first-place money.
TRACK & FIELD—U.S. track and field nomads, laden down with shining trophies and exotic souvenirs, and bubbling with optimism for future after victories over Russia, Poland, Hungary and Greece, flew into New York's International Airport, received well-deserved pat on back from Mayor Robert L. Wagner. Summed up Coach George Eastment: "A very rewarding trip, but we're glad to be home."
IAAF, after months of pondering, nodded approval to three controversial world records, added 15 more (six by Americans I to official books. Russia's Yuri Stepanov, whose reported use of "elevator" shoes caused prolonged hesitation, was given credit for 7-foot 1.2-inch high jump while IAAF ignored alleged use of rabbits, recognized 3:57.2 mile (since beaten by Herb Elliott's fantastic 3:54.5) by England's Derek Ibbotson and 3:38.1 for 1,500 meters by Czechoslovakia's Stanislav Jungwirth.
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP contenders exchanged greetings with British challenger Sceptre at Newport, then set out for eight days of Observation Trials. Vim, John Matthews' grand old lady of the sea, outsailed Columbia and Weatherly in match races, was still boat to beat. Easterner, sometimes moving smartly but not often enough, trailed both Columbia and Weatherly.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—LISTER-JAGS took their first major beating on SCCA circuit at Montgomery, N.Y., where Chuck Daigh of Beverly Hills, behind wheel of Lance Reventlow's Chevy-powered Scarab, swirled into lead when Walt Hansgen was forced to pits with blown tire, held narrow advantage and average speed of 77.1 mph to end of 50-lap race. But Runner-up Hansgen still picked up 1,000 points in race for Class C modified driving championship. At Milwaukee, Home-towner Augie Pabst pushed his 2.5-liter Ferrari Testa Rosa at average speed of 74.9 mph, rode off with first national SCCA victory.
FISHING—ATLANTIC TUNA TOURNAMENT at Galilee, R.I. began with flood of giant blue-fins (record 50 in first two days), ended abruptly when dense off-shore fog, raucous winds and rough seas kept eager anglers idle on final day. Nathan Schwartz of Cranston, R.I. snared biggest tuna—a 595-pounder—while Montauk, L.I., Yacht Club landed team prize with 2,944 points.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED—JOHNNY SUM-MERLIN, 26, onetime ranking heavyweight who was approved by Michigan Athletic Board physician for losing (by KO in fifth) fight with Nino Valdes May 24 despite numbness in left side, later diagnosed as hypesthesia (SI, June 16); at Detroit.
DIED—HENRY RUSSELL (RED) SANDERS, 53, talented coach who came out of South ( Vanderbilt) to lead UCLA to football heights; of heart attack, at Los Angeles (see page 26).