HORSE RACING—Top weighted at 123 pounds and carrying Johnny Sellers, the newly syndicated (for $1.5 million) HAIL TO ALL ($4.60) won the $87,350 Travers Stakes at Saratoga with a closing rush that put him five lengths in front of runner-up Pass the Word at the finish.
At the age of 58, JOHNNY LONGDEN rode the 6,000th winner of his 38-year career, a three-quarter-length victory on Prince Scorpion, at Exhibition Park in Vancouver, B.C. In nearly 32,000 races Longden has collected approximately $24 million in purses for the owners of his mounts.
Ole Liz ($13.40), Bill Shoemaker up, splashed through mud to a 3�-length victory in the $56,500 Lassie Trial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Arlington Park. Silver Bright came in second, and the favorite, Native Street, finished third.
SWIMMING—A U.S. team swamped a British squad 166-84 at a two-day meet in Cardiff, Wales, as four schoolgirls and a men's relay team set world records. PATTY CARETTO of Whittier, Calif., who bettered the 1,500-meter freestyle mark at the U.S. championships a week earlier, trimmed 21.3 seconds from the pending mark of Australia's Kathryn Wainwright in the rarely contested 1,650-yard freestyle, while a 5-foot-tall Aldan, Pa. schoolgirl, MARY ELLEN OLCESE, was clocked in 5:25.1 in the 440 individual medley, 4.9 seconds under the record set by Donna de Varona in 1962. CLAUDIA KOLB's 2:33.9 in the 220-yard individual medley and SUE PITT'S 2:31.9 in the 220-yard butterfly were also new international marks. In the men's 440-yard freestyle relay a team made up of BOB HOAG, GREG CHARLESTON, RICK GIRDLER and JIM EDWARDS registered 3:41.7 and broke the 1962 mark of an Australian team by 2.2 seconds. The U.S. men also set two new American records as JOHN NELSON clocked 17:26.9 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and an 880-yard relay finished in 8:15. The girls, however, lowered nine American records: MARTHA RANDALL (the 440-yard freestyle in 4:46.4 and the 220 in 2:13.5), POKEY WATSON (the 110-yard freestyle in 1:02), CYNTHIA GOYETTE (the 110-yard breaststroke in 1:21.2), CATHY FERGUSON (the 110-yard backstroke in 1:09), CLALDIA KOLB( (the 220-yard breaststroke in 2:52.2), JUDY HUMBARGER (the 220-yard backstroke in 2:31.2), KENDIS MOORE (the 220-yard butterfly in 2:32.9) and the 440-yard medley relay in 4:42.2.
The Netherlands' ADA KOK netted her second world butterfly record in two weeks—both at the expense of the U.S.'s Sharon Stouder—with a 200-meter clocking of 2:25.8 in Leiden, The Netherlands. The time was .6 lower than Miss Stouder's listed mark and .5 lower than the pending mark set by Kendis Moore at the U.S. Nationals two weeks ago.
TENNIS—For the fourth time in the past six years the U.S. Davis Cup squad failed to reach the Davis Cup challenge round. Playing at Barcelona's Real Club de Tenis, the Americans lost the Interzone semifinal 4-1 to SPAIN (page 20).
Without losing a set in six matches, JANE (Peaches) BARTKOWICZ of Hamtramck, Mich. won the U.S. girls' lawn-tennis championship, beating Julie Anthony of Malibu, Calif. 6-3, 6-3 in the final at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Miss Bartkowicz then teamed with Valerie Ziegenfuss of San Diego to take the doubles title from Wendy Overton and Emilie Burrer 6-8, 8-6, 6-3.
MILEPOSTS—GRANTED: By the AFL, a franchise to operate a pro football team in Miami beginning in 1966, to a group headed by television's DANNY THOMAS, for an estimated $7.5 million. The team, which will play its games in the Orange Bowl Stadium as the fifth member of the AFL's Eastern Division, will be Miami's second pro football venture. The first was the Miami Seahawks, an All-America Conference team that lasted only one season, 1946.
INSTALLED—In his own Hall of Fame, JAMES H. VAN ALEN, former court-tennis champion, inventor of the VASSS method of tennis scoring and president of the Newport Casino, where the first U.S. lawn tennis matches were played. Van Alen saved the Casino a decade ago and founded the tennis Hall of Fame that welcomed him to membership last week.
NAMED: By a committee of the PGA, BYRON NELSON, to serve as nonplaying captain of the American Ryder Cup team, which will meet a team of English pros in Southport, England in October. Appointed to the team on the basis of points awarded for tournament finishes were Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Tommy Jacobs, Gene Littler, Johnny Pott, Julius Boros, Don January and Dave Marr.