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HORSE RACING—KEY TO THE MINT ($5.40), ridden by Braulio Baeza, assured himself of Horse of the Year honors by winning the $115,500 Woodward Stakes over Autobiography at sloppy Belmont Park. Favored Riva Ridge, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, finished fourth, 6� lengths behind KTTM (page 44).
Our Papa Joe ($26) won the 1[1/16] Mile $34,200 Thomas D. Nash Memorial Handicap by a neck at Chicago's Sportsman's Park when favored Joey Bob's jockey mistakenly pulled up [1/16] of a mile from the finish line.
MOTOR SPORTS—MIKE HAILWOOD of Great Britain clinched the 1972 Formula II Europe title by finishing second to Australian Tim Schenken in Hockenheim, West Germany. Hailwood holds a 55-37 lead in the standings over Jean-Pierre Jassaud of France, who dropped out after the third lap.
Dave Anderson of Minneapolis set world land-speed records for drag racing, driving his jet-powered Pollution Packer to a speed of 154.666 mph over a quarter mile and 173.918 mph over 500 meters at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
SOCCER—AJAX of Amsterdam won the World Championship Cup by defeating Independiente of Argentina 3-0 on two goals by Johnny Rep and one by Johan Neeskens, and became the first team to earn, in succession, the National Dutch Cup, the National League, the European Cup and the World Cup.
TRACK & FIELD—JORDANKA BLAGOYEVA, 30, of Bulgaria, silver medal winner at Munich, cleared 6'4�" at an international track meet in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, breaking the women's high jump world record of 6'3�" jointly held by Illona Gusenbauer of Austria and Olympic gold medalist Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany.
TENNIS—U.S. Open champion BILLIE JEAN KING, who in 1971 became the first woman athlete to pass the $100,000 mark, guaranteed a repeat performance in 1972 when she reached the semifinals of the Virginia Slims-Phoenix Thunder-bird tournament. She went on to face Margaret Smith Court of Australia in the finals for the third time in three weeks and won for the second time 7-6, 6-3.
MILEPOSTS—REDISTRIBUTED: The purse for the 1968 Kentucky Derby, after the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the state racing commission's contention that the winner, Dancer's Image, had a forbidden medication in his system on Derby day. Runner-up Forward Pass gets the winner's purse ($122,600), Francie's Hat gets place money ($25,000) and T.V. Commercial, show ($12,500).
RESIGNED: TED WILLIAMS, 52, as manager of the Texas Rangers, but expected to remain with the club in an advisory capacity. The Rangers had lost 15 straight games at the time of the announcement and had a record of 52-99—worst in baseball (page 115).