Dead Ahead ($16) impressively won the $57,300 Roamer Handicap at Aqueduct. Although bunched behind the leaders at the start. Jockey Avelino Gomez calmly waited until he spoiled a hole, shot Dead Ahead into it at the final turn, and beat Jaipur by a length.
Even Stevens effortlessly won the two-mile Melbourne Cup race in Melbourne, and thus became the seventh New Zealand entry to win the Australian classic in the last 10 years. Jockey Les Coles, an Australian who was forced to move to New Zealand for lack of mounts, returned to ride the winner home in 3:21 2/5.
Match II ($14.20), a 4-year-old French colt, upset U. S. champions Kelso and Carry Back in the $125,000 Washington, D.C. International (see page 75).
HORSE SHOW—NATIONAL HORSE SHOW concluded in New York with the U.S. Equestrian Team taking the elusive and exclusive Nations Cup (see page 71). Other finals: Maj. Piero d'Inzeo won the individual title with 36 points; Kathy Kusner guided Unusual through a flawless jumpoff to win the open jumper title; and Cold Climate, Mrs. J. Deane Rucker's 7-year-old chestnut gelding from Grosse Pointe, Mich., clinched the conformation hunter title for the third straight year.
MOTOR SPORTS—ROGER PENSKE, fresh from two major triumphs in California, extended his victory streak by winning the first Grand Prix of Puerto Rico at Caguas. Penske, a 25-year-old Philadelphia sales engineer, carefully cornered his Zerex Special through eight tight turns of the 1.7-mile course that twists around a hill covered with banana plants, to gain a three-lap win over Tim Mayer, another Pennsylvania racer, and California's ace, Dan Gurney. He averaged a prudent 76.5 mph for 153 miles in the testing two-hour endurance run.
MILEPOSTS—WON: MARV JENSON, lean West Jordan, Utah mink rancher and former boxing manager (of Gene Fullmer), after stepping into the political ring; a two-year term as a Salt Lake county commissioner.
DECIDED: ROD LAVER, the world's best amateur tennis player, to turn professional immediately after next month's Davis Cup, for a 2�-year contract calling for $109,760.
RESIGNED: BOB WATERFIELD, 41, stoically reserved coach of the last-place Los Angeles Rams, a team he brilliantly quarterbacked for seven years but was unable to help from the sidelines in three disastrous seasons. Defensive Line Coach Harland Svare, a former New York Giant linebacker and coach, was named to replace Waterfield for the rest of the season.
DIED: NEVILLE SELLWOOD, 39, renowned Australian jockey who had more than 1,600 wins including England's Epsom Derby last June, top rider for the Aga Khan Stables and leading jockey in France this season, when his mount stumbled and fell on him during a race in Paris.