HARNESS RACING—SAFE MISSION ($10.20 and $6.80), showing the same class as his sire. Triple Crown Winner Scott Frost, swept both heats of the $55,230 Kentucky Futurity at Lexington, Ky., the year's last major event for 3-year-old trotters. In winning, the delicate-footed Safe Mission foiled A.C.'s Viking's bid for the Triple Crown. He was never in contention, finishing fourth and third. Driver Joe O'Brien kept the California entry (S.A. Camp Farm, in Shafter) just off the pace in both heats before urging the carefully nurtured trotter into winning dashes through the stretch.
HORSE RACING—CAIN HOY STABLE had two quick winners in pig weekday races as Belmont Park opened its autumn racing season. NEVER BEND ($3.80) was the best 2-year-old in the $71,175 Cowdin Stakes. He moved up well through a 12-horse field, catching the leaders in the stretch and going on to a three-length victory over Valiant Skoal. The win was momentarily marred by a protest—Never Bend's third straight legal involvement. Another of Captain Harry F. Guggenheim's Thoroughbreds, BATTLE JOINED ($5.50), wiggled through a bunched pack in the stretch to win the $57,300 Lawrence Realization by two lengths over Ogden Phipps's Comic. Manuel Ycaza, who rode both winners, added still another during the week. He led PAMS EGO ($26) to victory in the rich $110,500 Frizettc Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by taking advantage of a tiring duel between the early leaders, Affectionately and Smart Deb, who finished third and sixth.
Soltikoff, a 40-to-1 shot in the 24-horse field, led a French sweep of the first five places in the $228,010 Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe. Europe's richest race, in Paris. American hopeful. Carry Back, never in contention, finished 10th (see page 22).
MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY CLARK, Scottish driver who races a green English Lotus, smoothly sped over the curving Watkins Glen. N.Y. course at a record 108.61 mph to win the U.S. Grand Prix (see page 26). The victory brings him to within striking distance of the world driving championship.
TENNIS—SOUTH AMERICA defeated North America, 3-2, and Australia put down Europe, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the world professional championships (the Kramer Cup) in Turin, Italy as U.S. pros had no more luck than the country's Davis Cup amateurs in this year of international defeat.
TRACK & FIELD—AURELE VANDENDRIESCCHE, a little-known Belgian distance runner, stepped ahead of the pack at a Waregem, Belgium meet and flowed over a rain-soaked track to break the world 30,000-meter record. His time of 1:34:41.1 took more than a minute off Russian Albert Ivanov's five-year-old mark of 1:35:01. At the same meet TATYANA SHCHELKANOVA, the Soviet Union world champion broad jumper, added 3� inches to her world record with a leap of 21 feet 8� inches.
MILEPOSTS—OFFERED: ONE MILLION DOLLARS for the Toronto Maple Leafs' big (6-feet 1-inch), bulky (200 pounds), goal-hungry (33 last year). Left Wing Frank Mahovlich, by James D. Norris, owner of the Chicago Black Hawks. Although he made the offer to Leaf President Stafford Smythe at a Toronto party, Norris promptly followed up with a check that, if accepted, would be the highest price ever paid for any athlete.
SHUFFLED: IN BASEBALL MANAGERIAL SWITCHES—George Robert (Birdie) Tebbetts, from manager of the Milwaukee Braves to manager of the Cleveland Indians; Johnny Pesky, 43, former peppery Red Sox shortstop, from minor league Seattle where he guided a Boston farm team, to manager at Boston, replacing Mike Higgins who moved—possibly up—to a desk job; Mel McGaha, fired by Cleveland, hired by Kansas City, as a rare combination of coach and front-office aide.