HARNESS RACING—LORD GORDON ($10.80), with John Patterson in the sulky, won the $50,000 Harness Tracks of America trot final at Yonkers by a nose from Delight Hanover, who had the same margin over Pro Hanover. Co-Favorite Worth Seein wasn't, as she clopped in seventh.
HORSE RACING—Jockey Milo Valenzuela guided three-time Horse of the Year KELSO ($2.70) to his fifth straight triumph in the $55,800 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga (see page 56). Saidam finished second, two and a half lengths back, with Sunrise County third and Garwol fourth. Kelso's $36,270 purse increased his total earnings to $ 1,343,307, second only to Round Table's record $1,749,869.
With Raise a Native, the unbeaten 2-year-old son of Native Dancer, scratched because of a tendon injury in his final workout, MR. BRICK ($9.80), with Larry Adams up, won the $104,960 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park by half a length over fast-closing and previously undefeated Big Pete. Bold Sultan finished third, Alphabet fourth.
At Arlington Park Rex Ellsworth collected an $87,338 winner's purse as CANDY SPOTS ($3.80), with Willie Shoemaker aboard, dashed to a comfortable four-and-a-half-length victory over Admiral Vic, a 70-to-1 longshot, to win the $131,833 Arlington Classic and to boost his lifetime earnings to $753,193 and the Ellsworth stable winnings to more than $1 million for a second straight year. B. Major was third by a neck and Y Flash was fourth.
MOTOR SPORTS—"I don't think the limit has been reached yet," said former Fireman CRAIG BREED-LOVE, 26, of Los Angeles after setting a world land-speed record of 407.45 mph in his $500,000 jet-powered Spirit of America on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, surpassing John Cobb's 16-year-old mark of 394.196 mph set with a piston-type car.
England's JOHN SURTEES, driving a Ferrari, roared across the line a minute ahead of Scotland's Jim Clark in a Lotus and won the German Grand Prix in N�rburgring to move into second place behind Clark in the world driving championship.
SWIMMING—"I kept thinking of the sacrifices my parents went through so I could do this," said 17-year-old CLAUDIA McPHERSON after successfully fighting strong winds and choppy seas to become the youngest (by four months) girl to swim the English Channel. Claudia, a student nurse from St. James. Man., Canada, entered the water at Cape Gris-Nez and 17 hours 17 minutes later emerged in Sandgate, England 20 pounds lighter, but happy.
Japan's SATOKO TANAKA stripped three-tenths of a second off her own 200-meter backstroke world record by covering the distance in 2:28.2 in Tokyo.
TENNIS—Wimbledon Champion MARGARET SMITH, after losing to Darlene Hard at the Pennsylvania championships, returned to form and reached the finals of the Eastern Grass Court tournament in South Orange, N.J. without dropping a set. The Aussie power hitter then blasted Miss Hard off the courts in 24 minutes, 6-1, 6-1 to win the title for a second straight year. The men's final lasted a little longer, 77 minutes, as University of Virginia law student EUGENE SCOTT of St. James, N.Y., trounced Davis Cupper Marty Riessen, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first eastern player to win the Easterns since Dick Savitt in 1957.
At the National Junior Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., eighth-seeded CLIFF RICHEY, 16, of Dallas outlasted fifth-seeded John Pickens, 18, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. 7-9, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1, to win the 18-and-under title. In the Boys' (16 and under) Division the seedings were a bit more in balance as top-seeded BILL HARRIS, 16, of West Palm Beach, Fla. defeated unseeded Chuck Brainard, 15, of Hamtramck, Mich. in the finals 6-1, 6-0.