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HARNESS RACING—CRYSTAL BYRD took two straight heats to win the $46,000 Illinois State Fair Stakes for 2-year-old pacers in Springfield. With Glen Kidwell driving, the pacer covered the second mile heat in 2:01[4/5], fastest time this season for a 2-year-old on a mile track.
Elaine Rodney ($5) beat Merrie Duke by a head in a stretch duel to win the $13,300 fourth leg of the Harness Tracks of America Trot, at Batavia Downs. With Clint Hodgins in the sulky, Elaine Rodney trotted the mile in 2:02[2/5].
HORSE RACING—DIVINE COMEDY ($5) set a fast pace to win the $55,300 Saratoga Handicap by� of a length over High Tide Stable's Whodunit. With Willie Shoemaker up (he was celebrating his 30th birthday), Mrs. Cloyce Tippett's colt ran the 1� miles in a near record 2:02[1/5].
Tudorich ($29.40) began to move at the half-mile pole and continued to roll through the back-stretch to win the $58.400 Arlington Handicap by four lengths over Jacnot Stable's Oink. The Spring Hill Farm 4-year-old, with Sandino Hernandez up, ran the 1[3/16], miles over grass in 1:57[4/5].
Rudoma ($10) finished strong to win the $61.000 Arlington Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 1� lengths over Cherry Laurel. The filly, with Bill Hartack up, sprinted the six furlongs in 1:11[1/5].
Battle Joined ($5.60), running in the $38,175 Saratoga Special, rushed to the front soon after the start, finished two lengths ahead of George D. Widener's previously unbeaten Jaipur. To win his fourth victory in five starts the Captain Harry F. Guggenheim colt, with Manuel Ycaza up. hustled the six furlongs in 1:10, a record for the Special at Saratoga.
SWIMMING—With each splash at the men's national AAU outdoor championship in Los Angeles, records plunged lower (see page 18). World-record breakers were: Steve Clark, 100-meter freestyle in 54.4; Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.4; Robert Bennett. 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.3; Tom Stock. 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.5; Chet Jastremski, 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.5; Chet Jastremski, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.6; Fred Schmidt, 100-meter butterfly in 58.6; Carl Robie, 200-meter butterfly in 2:12.6; Ted Stickles, 400-meter individual medley in 4:55.6; Indianapolis AC (Stock, Jastremski. Larry Schulhof and Peter Sintz), 400-meter medley relay in 4:03. American-record breakers were: Tsuyoshi Yamanaka. 400-meter freestyle in 4:17.5: Roy Saari, 1,500-meter freestyle in 17:29.8; Ted Stickles. 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.9. The only race in which a record wasn't broken was the 800-meter freestyle relay, won by Indianapolis AC (Alan Somers, Dick Allen, Mike Troy and Peter Sintz) in 8:17.9.
TENNIS—For the second year the UNITED STATES Davis Cup Team just managed to squeeze by Mexico 3-2 in the American zone finals. On the first day Mexico's Rafael Osuna cut down Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 while the U.S.'s Tut Bartzen defeated Mario Llamas 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Mexico then won the doubles, but McKinley, back in form, overpowered Llamas 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 while Bartzen dispatched Osuna 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 to complete the come-from-behind victory.
In Chicago a teen-age contingent of UNITED STATES girls won the Wightman Cup 6-1 over one of the best British teams ever sent to the U.S. To start the upset, Karen Hantze, 18, quickly beat England's top-seeded Christine Truman 7-9, 6-1, 6-1. Billie Jean Moffitt, 17, scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ann Haydon, then teamed with Karen to beat Christine and Deidre Catt in doubles 7-5, 6-2. Next day Justina Bricka, 18, clinched the championship by beating Wimbledon Champion Angela Mortimer 10-8, 4-6, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD—After winning the shotput with a heave of 60 feet 8 inches at the international military meet in Brussels. JAY SILVESTER of Trementon, Utah set a world record in the discus with a toss of 199 feet 2� inches, 6� inches better than his previous and as yet unapproved mark set in Frankfurt on Aug. 11. MAX TRUEX won the 5,000 meters in 14:16.4 and the 10,000 meters in 28:41. Italy's LIVIO BERRUTI won the 100-meter dash in 10.4, over a rain-soaked track, and the 200-meter dash in 20.8.