Bret Hanover ($2.20) became the top money winner in harness racing history when he won the $50,000 Harness Tracks of America championship pace at Liberty Bell and increased his total earnings to $897,615 in three years, $12,520 more than the now-retired trotter Su Mac Lad collected in his 10-year career. Bret's win, in 1:59, was his 29th victory under the two-minute mark.
HORSE RACING—"He was not a gentleman today," said George D. Widener's 83-year-old trainer, Bert Mulholland, when his horse acted up at post time, but, gentleman or not, BOLD HOUR ($4.80) took Aqueduct's $147,130 Futurity by half a length over Wheatley Stable's Successor.
George A. Pope Jr.'s HILL RISE, ridden by British Jockey Lester Piggott, beat Paul Mellon's Silly Season, the favorite, by a neck to win the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, England. Pope, who flew to England for the race, plans to enter Hill Rise in Longchamp's 1�-mile Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe on October 9.
Joe Leitner's favored Go Dick Go, winner of the All American Quarter Horse Futurity in New Mexico (SI, September 26) two weeks ago, was defeated by half a length by DIAL THREE BARS ($17) in the $75,000 Evangeline Quarter Horse Futurity for 2-year-olds in Lafayette, La.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARK DONOHUE of Stony Brook, N.Y. won the third leg of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, a 209-mile race in Mosport Park, Ont., as minor accidents and mechanical difficulties forced 19 of the starting 29 to the sidelines (page 76).
Australia's JACK BRABHAM, who clinched the world driving championship in his Formula I Brabham-Repco a few weeks earlier, won his 10th Formula II race this season when he drove his Brabham- Honda to victory in the Grand Prix at Albi, France.
TENNIS—In a stunning upset, ALLEN FOX of Los Angeles, who is unranked in the U.S. because of insufficient play, took only 47 minutes to beat Australia's Roy Emerson 6-3, 6-3 in the finals of the Pacific Southwest tennis tournament in Los Angeles. Along the way, Fox defeated Wimbledon Champion Manuel Santana and Fred Stolle, winner of the U.S. title at Forest Hills two weeks ago.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: A three-year, $3.6 million contract with CBS-TV by the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE, last of the major professional sports without a network television affiliation. This season CBS plans to televise only the weekend games of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but during the following two seasons the network will show regular-season afternoon games on Saturdays and Sundays.
REINSTATED: REGGIE HARDING, 24, the 7-foot Detroit Piston center who was suspended by the National Basketball Association a year ago for conduct detrimental to pro basketball, after an appeal hearing with NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, Center LeROY ELLIS, 26, to the Baltimore Bullets for JIM (Bad News) BARNES, 25, who plays both center and forward. Barnes was obtained by the Bullets in midseason last year from the New York Knicks.