Derby time pushing ever closer, Bluegrass hardboots were still looking for a
favorite. Tomy Lee showed courage, beating down Dunce and Scotland to win
$32,550 Blue Grass Stakes while Sword Dancer, Brookmeade's spunky little
chestnut, earned new respect by sprinting home ahead of Easy Spur and Silver
Spoon in Stepping Stone Purse.
Gonzales, whose crackling service seemed to simmer down on tour (he trails Lew
Hoad 12-5 in head-to-head matches), cranked it up again for Leisy pro
championship tournament at Cleveland, boomed it past persistent Hoad to win
6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his seventh straight title.
FIELD—Track buffs, busy focusing on Penn and Drake Relays (see page 16), also
had ear cocked for returns from South and Far West. At Norfolk, powerful Dave
Sime lunged for tape (below) in time to nip Briton Peter Radford in 9.5
hundred, but was overtaken by France's Jocelyn Delecour in 21 flat 220. At Mt.
San Antonio Relays in Pomona. un-California-like cold tightened up some
muscles, particularly those of USC's Dallas Long, who could do no better than
61 feet 10� inches in shotput. However, Bill Dellinger warmed up long enough to
run two miles in 8:48.2 for new U.S. citizens' record.
Robinson, no easy man to pin down, was still wriggling and dealing after
Justice Saul Streit of New York Supreme Court upheld Boxing Commission's right
to vacate Robinson's middleweight title and gave him 15 days (until May 7) to
sign to defend against Carmen Basilio. Challenged Sugar Ray defiantly: "Why
wait 15 days? Let them do it right now. I'll fight Basilio some time, but not
until I'm ready." But from California came word that perhaps Robinson was
ready. Promoter Roy Warner, every bit the optimist, confidently announced that
Sugar Ray had agreed to meet Basilio Sept. 21 at Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum—for 45% of the gate. However, Basilio was not so sure: "It sounds
like another camouflage job to me. That Robinson's pretty cute. He's always
befuddled by more left hands than he had seen in a month of Sundays,
slowed-down Virgil Akins found himself inevitably worn down and outclassed by
more agile Welterweight Champion Don Jordan, who punched his way to 15-round
decision at St. Louis (see page 68).