George D. Widener's STEEPLE JILL ($5.60), Johnny Ruane up, won the $56,700 Vineland Handicap at Garden State Park by two lengths over Cordially. Tosmah, who led until the stretch, finished third. It was the 26th consecutive time that Steeple Jill finished in the money.
Another Widener horse, CORNISH PRINCE ($5.40), ridden by Johnny Rotz, took the $29,500 Quaker City Handicap by a head over Flag Raiser. Big Rock Candy came in third.
JUDO—Olympic all-weight champion ANTON GEESINK of Holland retained his world title in Rio de Janeiro by beating Seiji Sakaguchi of Japan in his elimination group and Mitsuo Matsunaga in the final bout of the 43-nation event. The following day, Geesink, the first non-Japanese ever to win a world championship, announced his retirement.
MOTORS SPORTS—FRED LORENZEN battled back and forth with A. J. Foyt through the final stages of the National 400 Stock Car Race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway until Foyt hit the guard rail on the 254th lap of the 267-lap race and had to go to the pits, leaving Lorenzen the winner. Six caution flags lowered Lorenzen's average speed to 119.117 mph, considerably slower than his winning time last year. One flag was up for 17 laps, after Harold Kite of Augusta, Ga. was killed on the first lap when his 1964 Plymouth was involved in a five-car pileup.
Walter Hansgen drove his Lola T-70 at speeds of 98.2 and 96.2 mph in winning both heats and overall first place at the Monterey Grand Prix in California. Jim Hall, the prerace favorite, demolished his Chaparral when it flipped in the first heat.
TENNIS—Top-seeded BITSY GRANT, 54, of Atlanta took the USLTA Seniors' 55 Clay Court Singles title when he defeated last year's runner-up Jack Staton 6-4, 6-2 in Knoxville, Tenn. ALPHONSO SMITH of Alexandria, Va. and CHARLIE BROOKE of Towson, Md. gained the doubles title.
TRACK & FIELD—LUDVIK DANEK of Czechoslovakia, who holds the world record and an Olympic silver medal in the discus throw, bettered his mark, set last year, by 2 feet 2 inches with a throw of 213 feet 11� inches in Prague.
Britisher TIM JOHNSTON, who had never before competed at a distance longer than 10 miles, broke the world record for 30 kilometers (18.63 miles) with a time of 1:32:34.6.
MILEPOSTS—DECLINED: An invitation for KELSO to represent the U.S. again in the Washington, D.C. International at Laurel on November 11, by his owner, Mrs. Richard C. duPont, because of an eye injury. The damage occurred on September 22 in the Stymie at Aqueduct when a clod of dirt hit Kelso in the eye. The famous 8-year-old gelding, who has run in the International four times and won it last year, was just $22,604 short of the $2-million mark for lifetime earnings after the Stymie. The only American entry so far is Hail to All.
DIED: DAN FLORIO, 68, trainer for former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson since the start of his professional career and lately Patterson's manager of record, of complications following surgery in New York. Among the world champions trained by Florio during his 47-year career were Gene Tunney, Jersey Joe Walcott, Jack Delaney, Tony Canzoneri, Petey Scalzo, Freddie Miller and Battling Battalino.