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Edited by Richard Demak
March 16, 1992
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Another controversy lurks in the partnership between Arazi's owners: Allen Paulson, chairman and CEO of the Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, Ga., and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. They've agreed that when Arazi runs in Europe, he'll be ridden by Steve Cauthen and carry Maktoum's silks, and when he runs in the U.S., he'll be ridden by Pat Valenzuela and carry Paulson's silks. But if Arazi wins the Derby and the Preakness, the two will have another decision to make. Paulson has let it be known that he would want Arazi to go to New York for the Belmont Stakes and the opportunity to become U.S. racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. However, Maktoum has indicated that he would prefer to ship Arazi to England for the Epsom Derby to be held on the Wednesday before the Belmont. No horse has ever won both the Kentucky Derby and the race after which it was modeled, the Epsom Derby.

At least Paulson and Maktoum are in agreement about the Kentucky Derby game plan, despite the skepticism of such American trainers as Shug McGaughey. "I was very impressed with Arazi at the Breeders' Cup, but it could be a different story when he comes back," McGaughey says. "The press is already giving him the Derby trophy, but that might be a little bit premature."

Reds, Head to Head

Auerbach and Holzman return to the sidelines

The last time they coached against each other, Red Auerbach was presiding over a Boston Celtics team featuring Bob Cousy and rookies Bill Russell and Tom Heinsohn, and Red Holzman was coaching the St. Louis Hawks of Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan. It was Dec. 22, 1956, in Boston, and the Celtics won 95-93.

Last Saturday night Auerbach and Holzman again matched wits on the hardwood, dusting off their clipboards for the Sharp Legends Game in Madison Square Garden. Auerbach was coaching a team of NBA greats; Holzman, a team of former Knicks. The two Reds, who between them have 1,634 NBA wins and 11 titles, had not faced each other since 1956, because Holzman was fired during that season. By the time he returned to coaching, with New York in 1968, Auerbach had become Boston's full-time G.M.

"Both Reds were fiery competitors," says retired referee Earl Strom, who officiated the Legends game. "Maurice Podoloff was the commissioner, and he used to go into their locker rooms at halftime and talk to them about their behavior on the sidelines."

On Saturday night Auerbach exhibited some of that questionable behavior, and Strom slapped him with a technical foul. Ralph Kaplowitz, a 6'2", 72-year-old guard, was summoned to shoot the technical. Kaplowitz, who played for the Knicks in their inaugural season of 1946-47, drilled it.

Throughout their careers Auerbach and Holzman were notorious for searching for that little edge, whether through intimidating an official or something else. Earl Monroe, who as a Knick played under Holzman for seven seasons in the 1970s, remembers that Auerbach "always made sure that the visitors' whirlpool at Boston Garden was inoperable."

The game ended with Holzman's Knicks defeating Auerbach's Legends 30-12 behind eight points from Geoff Huston. After the game Holzman said, "It took 35 years to settle the score."

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