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New Zealand-bred CARDIGAN BAY ($12.80) broke the Yonkers track record for a mile as he beat Overtrick by a nose in 1:58 1/5 to win the $25,000 Dan Patch Pace. The former mark of 1:58 4/5 was shared by Speedy Pick, Adios Butler, Meadow Skipper and Betting Time.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Marion duPont Scott's MONGO ($12.80), ridden by Wayne Chambers, took the lead in the stretch and survived a foul claim to win the $107,500 Monmouth Handicap at Monmouth Park, N.J. The 5-year-old beat favored Kelso by a neck in the 1�-mile test.
South African-bred COLORADO KING ($3.80), Ray York aboard, romped to an easy two-length victory over Mustard Plaster in the $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park, Calif. The 5-year-old chestnut covered the mile and a quarter in a fast 2:00 2/5 for his second straight stakes triumph, having outrun Mustard Plaster two weeks earlier in the American Handicap.
In one of the biggest upsets in British Thoroughbred racing history, NASRAM, owned by Mrs. Howell E. Jackson of Middleburg, Va., led from the start and defeated Santa Claus, winner of both the English and Irish Derbies, by two lengths for the $86,072 first money in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Heath, England. The French-trained 4-year-old, ridden by Australian Billy Pyers, had been a 100-to-7 long shot to take the 1�-mile turf test. Nasram's time was 2:33.15, three seconds slower than the track record.
MOTOR SPORTS—DONALD CAMPBELL drove his jet-powered, 4,500-hp Bluebird to a new automobile land speed record of 403.1 mph on the Lake Eyre salt flats of southern Australia (see page 10).
To no one's surprise, A. J. FOYT, behind the wheel of the same conventional front-engine Offenhauser in which he won the Indianapolis 500, averaged 150.590 mph to lake the USAC's 150-mile race at Trenton, N.J.
In heavy rain JIM CLARK drove his Lotus an average of 91.466 mph around the slippery track at Stuttgart, West Germany to win the 142-mile Solitude international race for Formula I cars. Runner-up John Surtees of England splashed across the finish line 10.4 seconds later in his Ferrari.
TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON of Bakersfield, Calif., enjoying a relatively discouraging year except for his NCAA championship, completely crushed his perennial rival and Davis Cup teammate, Chuck McKinley, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to take the National Clay Court title in River Forest, Ill. McKinley had won the tournament the past two years. The women's tournament followed form. Top-seeded, deeply concentrating NANCY RICHEY of Dallas ran Mrs. Carole Caldwell Graebner (a bride of a week) from corner to corner with classically hit flat backhands and forehands to win the final, 6-2, 6-1.
To crown his second season as a pro, Australia's 26-year-old, left-handed Rod Laver defeated Pancho Gonzalez of Los Angeles, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in the drizzly finals of the U.S. Professional championship, held on the grass of the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. His prize was $2,200; Gonzalez', $1,400. The pretournament favorite, Ken Rosewall, wound up in fourth place after dropping a "pro set," 8-7, to Andres Gimeno of Spam. (Laver had beaten Rosewall in the semifinals.) Rosewall's solace was that he had the best record of the touring pros—18 wins against 5 losses—and had earned the most money: $8,700. Gonzalez was 19-9, earning $7,300, and Laver was 17-7, earning $6,900.
In a pair of upsets, STEVE STOCKTON of Garden City, N.Y. and LUIS GLASS of Jackson Heights, N.Y. won the Eastern Junior and Eastern Boys' titles, respectively, at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. Stockton defeated top-seeded Peter Fishbach ( New York State schoolboy champion) in the Junior finals, 6-3, 6-1, while Glass beat top-seeded Steve Siegel of Teaneck, N.J., 8-10, 6-0, 6-3, to capture the championship for 16-year-olds and under.