In the $301,700 Garden State, Manuel Ycaza urged Mrs. Mary Hecht's SADAIR ($7.60) to a 10-length win over Royal Gunner (page 28).
Backgammon Champion Charlie Wacker went gambling at the Keeneland Sales and bought LA DAUPHINE, a 7-year-old Princequillo mare, for $177,000. IN THE CLOUDS, a half sister to the 2-year-old champion, Bold Lad, was knocked down to Warner Jones for $125,000.
HORSE SHOW—HELEN CRABTREE, a Simpsonville, Ky. horsewoman, rode off with both saddle-horse championships at the National in Madison Square Garden. She achieved her unprecedented feat on I've Decided in the three-gaited division and Legal Tender in the five-gaited.
MOTOR SPORTS—Not every girl has a jet racer, but PAULA MURPHY was able to borrow one. The 29-year-old brunette then sped off on the Bonneville Salt Flats and set a women's land speed record (226.37 mph).
TENNIS—In an all-Australian finals of the Queensland tournament in Brisbane, FRED STOLLE upset his Davis Cup teammate, Roy Emerson, 6-3, 8-6, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, and MARGARET SMITH bested Lesley Turner in a 90-minute match, 11-9, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—Hoping to run a 3:50 mile this week, PETER SNELL warmed up in Auckland by lowering the world's 1,000-meter record to 2:16.6.
MILEPOSTS—FOR SALE: SOVEREIGN, England's latest loser in the America's Cup. When Owner Anthony Boyden commissioned the yacht, he declared: "I shall apply the principles of modern business success to the challenge." Principles were not enough. The challenge cost $280,000. The asking price for Sovereign is $61,000.
FIRED: CHARLEY WOLF, the clean-living but constantly losing coach of the Detroit Pistons.
HIRED: DON WATTRICK, as the fourth general manager of the Pistons, and DAVE DEBUSSCHERE, as the fifth coach, in seven years. DeBusschere, only 24 and a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the off season, will continue to play forward for the Pistons as well as coach.
HIRED: ALVIN DARK, 42, as a coach by the Chicago Cubs. The recently fired San Francisco Giant manager played for the Cubs in 1958 and 1959.