HORSE RACING—By the narrowest margin of victory in her eight-race career—2� lengths over Lady Pitt—MOCCASIN ($2.60), Claiborne Farm's unbeaten 2-year-old filly, won the 1[1/16]-mile $183,690 Gardenia Stakes at Garden State Park.
New Zealand-bred LIGHT FINGERS (15-1) lunged at Ziema at the wire and won the $69.000 Melbourne Cup at Flemington, the major event of Australia's Thoroughbred racing season, by a short head.
HORSE SHOWS—The U.S. Equestrian team, coached by Bert de Nemethy, piled up 11 victories in 12 international events at the National in New York's Madison Square Garden and finished 158 points ahead of second-place Canada.
MOTOR SPORTS—World land-speed records were broken three times on the Bonneville Salt Flats within four days. First CRAIG BREEDLOVE, in his jet-powered Spirit of America, raised the men's mark to 555.127 mph, and two days later his wife, Lee, averaged 308.56 mph for a new women's record. Finally, ART ARFONS, whose 1964 record was the one broken by Breedlove, regained his top position with runs of 575.724 and 577.386 for an average of 576.553 mph.
TENNIS—With a series score of 3-2 for the Davis Cup Interzone final in Barcelona, SPAIN eliminated India and earned the doubtful privilege of meeting Australia in the Challenge Round in December.
America's ARTHUR ASHE beat the best, Wimbledon Champion Roy Emerson, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the Queensland singles title in Brisbane.
Nancy Richey of Dallas defeated Norma Baylon of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 for her second straight women's singles title at the Argentine international lawn championships in Buenos Aires.
WATER SKIING—The U.S. failed to win only one event at the world championships in Queensland, Australia—the women's tricks competition, which was taken by Dany Duflot of France. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Allan of Florida won the women's jump and the overall women's title, Roland Hillier set a world record in the men's slalom when he completed four buoys at 38 mph on a 51-foot rope, Kenneth White won the men's tricks and Larry Penacho, the men's jump titles.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Russia's VLADIMIR KAPLUNOV jerked 370� pounds for a lightweight world record, and his teammate, LEONID ZHABOTINSKY, a heavyweight, snatched 380� for another world mark, but POLAND, with 34 points, edged the U.S.S.R. by two points for the team title at the world championships in Teheran, Iran.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To DuQuoin, Ill. for another five years, THE HAMBLETONIAN, the 39-year-old trotting classic.