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A total of 7,648 entries came in—including the name Zorros—but West Coast Promoter Jack Kent Cooke decided that his new entry in the National Hockey League will be named the LOS ANGELES KINGS. "We're starting out as kings of the NHL, and we intend to live up to that distinction," said Cooke.
HORSE RACING—GRAUSTARK, the winter book favorite to win the Kentucky Derby before his racing career was ended by a broken bone in his hoof, began a new career at stud as a $2.4 million corporation. Of the 40 total shares into which the new Graustark syndicate was divided, Owner John W. Galbreath retained 20 and sold the rest for $60,000 apiece—a memorable tribute to the horse that won seven races before losing to Abe's Hope in the Blue Grass Stakes.
Lady Pitt ($16.40), Walter Blum up, closed with a burst to upset favored Marking Time and win the $87,675 Mother Goose, the middle jewel of the New York Racing Association's Triple Crown for Fillies, at Aqueduct.
Carl Hanford, the trainer who made Kelso the world's richest racehorse with 39 wins and $1,977,896 in purses, resigned from the Bohemia Stable of Mrs. Richard C. du Pont, effective July 31.
MOTOR SPORTS—Former World Champion JOHN SURTEES of Britain, driving a new three-liter Ferrari, caught Austria's Jochen Rindt four laps from the finish and won the Belgian Grand Prix after rain squalls had caused a pileup that knocked eight of the 15-car field out of the race on the first lap. Jackie Stewart of Scotland was pulled from his racer by Indianapolis 500 winner, Graham Hill, himself the victim of a spin-out.
TENNIS—Trailing badly and on the verge of elimination, the U.S. Wightman Cup girls rallied with three wins to edge Great Britain 4-3 in the annual two-nation competition for women. After MARY ANN EISEL lost 6-3, 6-3 to Britain's Winnie Shaw to set the U.S. back three matches to one, NANCY RICHEY turned the tide by defeating Virginia Wade 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; Mrs. BILLIE JEAN MOFFITT KING beat Mrs. Ann Haydon Jones 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, despite a severe leg cramp; and the doubles team of Miss Richey and Miss Eisel defeated Rita Bentley and Liz Starkie 6-2, 6-1. It was the 32nd time in 38 tries that the U.S. has taken the trophy.
After a start plagued by rain, bad lighting and thin crowds, the opening round of the pro tour reached a thrilling finale at Forest Hills when ROD LAVER defeated fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 31-29 under the VASSS scoring system (page 58).
Arthur Ashe, the U.S.'s most promising player, was knocked out of a Kent pre- Wimbledon tune-up tourney in Beckenham by Ray Ruffels, an unranked Australian, 20-18, 6-2 after exhausting himself in a first set that lasted one hour and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, Ashe will have no opportunity to get even in the big British event. He has to come home to do a six-week hitch in the Army.
South Africa, trailing 2-0 at the end of the first singles, rallied to down Italy 3-2 in Rome and gain the finals of the European Zone B Davis Cup competition. The South African team will meet West Germany, a 3-2 victor over England.
TRACK—JIM RYUN (page 64) keeps setting records and disbelieving them. "I couldn't believe I broke the record," he said again after streaking to a 1:44.9 half mile—a world record this time—in the U.S. Track & Field Federation's national meet in Terre Haute, Ind. The next day Ryun relaxed by winning the mile in a lazy 4:02.8.