Gallant Prince ($11) of Messenger Stables took the first prep for Hambletonian hopefuls, winning the $20,000 Tompkins Memorial at Hazel Park by 2� lengths over Nevele Rascal. Del Cameron, subbing for Trainer Stanley Dancer, who also trains and drove the second colt, brought the winner one mile in 2:04[3/5], with A La Carte three lengths back in third.
HORSE RACING—Fillies and mares held the spotlight across the country as Mrs. Whitney Stone's 1969 filly Triple Crown winner, SHUVEE ($6.80), won her first race in 1970, drawing out to a four-length win over favored Singing Rain in the $57,500 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. Swiss Cheese was a distant seven lengths back in third. Braulio Baeza brought the winner home in stakes record-tying time of 1:48[3/5] for the 1? miles.
The Hat Ranch's COMMISSARY ($11) nosed out heavily favored Pattee Canyon in the $80,750 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park, with Tipping Time another four lengths behind in third place. Wayne Harris drove Commissary through the stretch to finish in 1:47[3/5] for the 1? miles.
Alfred H. Smith Sr.'s TUSCALEE ($3.60) scored a four-length triumph in the National Steeplechase at Fair Hill, Md. to move within one victory of Elkridge's alltime mark of 32 wins by a 'chaser. Ridden by Joe Aitcheson Jr., the winner covered the two miles in 4:08[4/5], with In The Know taking second by 10 lengths over Country Setting.
MOTOR SPORTS—Last qualifiers for the Indianapolis 500 included oldtimer LLOYD RUBY, who finally made the lineup at 168.895 mph after six engine failures, Australia's JACK BRABHAM at 166.397 mph and JIM McELREATH in the end position at 166.821 mph. McElreath made the field twice; after being bumped by Brabham, he borrowed one of A. J. Foyt's Coyote-Fords for another run. Average speed of the 33-car field was 167.139 mph.
Lee Roy Yarbrough jumped into teammate Don Allison's Ford when his own car conked out after 177 laps, then passed leader David Pearson with 239 laps to go to win the $193,080 World 600 Stock Car Race at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Only 13 cars managed to finish in the muggy weather, with the winning speed held to an average of 129.680 mph by 10 caution flags during the race.
TENNIS—TOM OKKER of The Netherlands beat Rumanian Ilie Nastase 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Brussels International tennis tournament, but NASTASE teamed with countryman ION TIRIAC to take the doubles from American Marty Riessen and Australia's Bill Bowrey 6-2, 3-6, 11-9, 6-2. JULIE HELDMAN defeated Peaches Bartkowicz in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in the women's final.
Rumania, Yugoslavia, France and Spain reached the semifinals of the Section A European Zone Davis Cup eliminations by taking decisive leads in matches against Greece, Ireland, Austria and Bulgaria respectively. Section B semi-finalists include RUSSIA, WEST GERMANY, BELGIUM and CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
Australia clinched the women's Federation Tennis Cup in Freiburg, Germany by trouncing West Germany in both singles matches. Karen Krantzke beat Helga Hosl-Schultze 6-2, 6-3, and Judy Dalton-Tegart defeated Helga Niessen 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to take the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup.
TRACK & FIELD—DEBBIE BRILL of Canada, with a version of the Fosbury Flop, high-jumped to an American record 6'�" at the California Relays in Modesto—more than one inch over the old mark. Two male high jumpers, BILL ELLIOTT of the Pacific Coast Club and REYNALDO BROWN, unattached, each managed 7'3�", Elliott winning on the basis of fewer misses. LEE EVANS, named an assistant coach at San Jose State for next season, nipped Ralph Mann of BYU in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 51.2. JOHN CARLOS, now affiliated with the School of Seamanship, won the 220-yard and the 100-meter dashes, although his time of 10.0 in the latter was disallowed because of a 6.9-mph following wind. The Mills brothers of Texas A&M won the 880 relay in 1:23.8 (page 50). JIM CRAWFORD, unattached, won the mile in 3:59.6, and CHI CHENG of the Los Angeles Track Club won the women's 440 in 53.4 and the 100 in a wind-aided 11.1.