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HARNESS RACING—Chris Boring drove TRUE DUANE ($3.20) to a �-length victory over Easy Prom in the 1�-mile $50,000 Nassau Pace at Roosevelt Raceway.
Van Tatan Stable's bay colt GOLDEN MONEY MAKER, driven by Harold Dancer Jr., tied the nation's best time (1:58[4/5]) for 2-year-old pacers this season when he won his sixth race in 14 starts with a straight-heat victory in the one-mile $67,000 Fox Stake at the Indiana State Fair. Meadow Brick finished second.
HORSE RACING—T.V. COMMERCIAL ($6.80), with Pete Anderson up, gained a 3�-length victory over Gin-Rob in the first division of the $371,750 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Chicago's Arlington Park, while Willie Shoemaker rode Ogden Phipps's VITRIOLIC ($4.60) to a 3�-length win over Exclusive Native in the second division (page 91).
Ogden Phipps' unbeaten QUEEN OF THE STAGE ($2.60), with Braulio Baeza aboard, scored a four-length victory over Meadow Stables' Gay Matelda, in the six-furlong $104,090 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Harvey Peltier's 22-to-1 shot FUSILIER BOY ($46.80), with Henry Moreno aboard, won his second stakes race with a 4�-length victory over Ramsinga in the 1[3/16]-mile $118,100 Benjamin F. Lindheimer handicap on Arlington Park's turf course.
Laico Bird ($8.40), ridden by Bobby Harmon, earned Owner Floyd Jones Jr. first-place money of $228,300 and became the top-earning quarter horse in the history of racing ($343,863) in winning the $486,593 All American Quarter Horse Futurity—the world's richest horse race—at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex. by a nose over Sea Nymph. The 2-year-old dark brown filly equaled the best time for the 400-yard race with a clocking of 20.11.
Richard Petty of Level Cross, N.C., NASCAR's biggest Grand National winner with 71 career victories, took his 21st race of the year when he drove his factory-backed Plymouth to a record 130.423 mph and beat David Pearson of Spartanburg, S.C. and substitute driver Cale Yarborough by five laps in the Southern 500 at the Darlington ( S.C.) International Speedway. Four days later, at the 100-mile Buddy Shuman Memorial at Hickory, N.C., Petty, completing the last two laps on a flat tire, won his 22nd NASCAR race of the season. Then, at the end of the week, Petty won the Capital City 300 in Richmond, Va. and set a new single season earnings mark of $114,125.