HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.20) beat Tuxedo Hanover in two straight heats 10 win the $70,000 Little Brown Jug pacing classic at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (page 72). In the first heat Bret broke the world record for pacers on a half-mile track, set by Overtrick in the same race in 1963, with a clocking of 1:57. Adios Vic, the only pacer ever to have beaten Bret, finished fourth in the heat.
Ambro Flight, driven by Joe O'Brien, broke the mile world record for a trotter on a half-mile track when she won the Breeders Filly Stake at Delaware County Fairgrounds by 11 lengths in 1:59 1/5. The old record of 1:59 4/5 was set by Darn Safe at Saratoga in 1957.
HORSE RACING—The $151,350 Futurity at Aqueduct ended in an upset, when PRICELESS GEM ($6.80), the only filly in the field of nine 2-year-olds, took the lead early and held off the favorite, Buckpasser, to win by half a length. Indulto finished third.
Kelso ($2.60) drew $17,842 closer to the $2 million mark ($1,977,396) with an eight-length win in the Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct. Carrying top weight of 128 pounds and ridden by Milo Valenzuela, Kelso took the lead on the final turn to beat Ky. Pioneer for his third victory in six starts this year.
MOTOR SPORTS—A. J. FOYT, driving a Sheraton-Thompson rear-engine special, finished the 200 miles of a national championship race for Indianapolis cars at the Trenton ( N.J.) Speedway in 2:03:37 seconds for an average speed of 99.95 mph.
Driving the only car with an automatic transmission in the 250-mile Canadian Grand Prix in Mosport, Ont., JIM HALL of Midland, Texas overtook Bruce McLaren on the 93rd lap and beat him by a fifth of a second. Hall's time, 2:27:27.6, bettered the race record by 11:10.8. England's JOHN SURTEES, the 1964 world champion driver, was seriously injured during practice for the race when his car left the track and rolled, pinning him underneath.
SOFTBALL—Joe Lynch pitched five straight victories, striking out 58 batters in 35 innings, as AURORA, ILL., won its third World Amateur Fast Pitch Championship. In the final game Aurora defeated the host team, Clearwater, Fla., 2-0.
SWIMMING—"I'm fine and dandy. Never felt better in my life," said TED ERIKSON, a Chicago chemist, after swimming the English Channel from England to France and back to England in 30:03:00. The only other swimmer ever to make the round trip was Argentina's Antonio Albertondo, who finished in 43:05:00 in 1961.
TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON broke the powerful service of Arthur Ashe twice in the first set and once in the second to win the men's final at the Pacific Southwest tournament in Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3. Top-seeded Roy Emerson was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Charles Pasarell, 6-0, 6-4 who was in turn defeated in the semis by Ashe.
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the U.S. Senate, a resolution authorizing Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey to appoint a five-member, independent arbitration board to settle the feud between the NCAA and the AAU once the two groups have agreed to submit their problems to arbitration. The resolution also suggested that both organizations drop any proposed disciplinary action, that all facilities be made available for scheduled tournaments and that restraints on participation be stopped pending settlement of the dispute.