The country's richest steeplechase, the $55,950 Temple Gwathmey at Belmont Park, was won by CHINA RUN ($20), a 4-year-old gelding purchased only four days before by F. Eugene Dixon Jr., president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. The winning time, 6:02 for 3? miles, bettered Bampton Castle's four-month-old course record by 10 [2/5] seconds.
MOTOR SPORTS—New Zealand's BRUCE McLAREN, driving one of his McLaren-Chevrolets, won the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix in Riverside, Calif (page 68).
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: ELSTON HOWARD, 39, former New York Yankee catcher and 1963 MVP, to the first-base coaching job with the team he played on from 1955 to 1967, during which the Yankees won nine pennants and four World Series. Howard, who officially retired as a player one day before signing, becomes the first Negro coach in the American League.
DIED: MARSHALL CASSIDY, 76, a dominant figure in American Thoroughbred racing for more than 30 years, in Glen Cove, N.Y. In addition to serving as an officer of the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, and as a director of several other major racing organizations, he was the inventor of the stall starting gate, the perfector of the photo-finish camera and the film patrol, the inaugurator of the first electrical timing device used in U.S. racing and the founder of a school for the training of racing officials.