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HORSE RACING—The winners of the $184,750 Champagne Stakes, split for the first time in its 102-year history, were HOLDING PATTERN ($12) and PROTAGONIST ($7.40) on closing day at Belmont. Holding Pattern, ridden by Mike Miceli, withstood a foul claim in his 5�-length victory over Green Gambados in the first division. In the second division Angel Santiago guided Protagonist between horses in the final 70 yards to beat Prince of Reason by a neck.
Secretariat ($3), Ron Turcotte up and racing on grass for the first time, rebounded to win the $113,600 Man o' War stakes by five lengths over Tentam, setting a Belmont turf course record of 2:24[4/5] for the 1� miles.
Alma North ($12.80) led all the way to win Atlantic City's $100,000 Matchmaker Stakes for fillies and mares by 1� lengths over Light Hearted. The 5-year-old mare, disqualified after winning the Stakes last year, was ridden by Frank Lovato and equaled the track record of 1:55[1/5] for the 1[3/16] miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARK DONOHUE drove away from the field to win not only the Monterey-Castrol Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway but also the 1973 Can-Am Challenge Cup series.
MILEPOSTS—BANNED: The practice of soaking bowling balls in chemical solutions to soften their outer shells and make possible a sharper hook (SI, Sept. 17), by the Professional Bowlers Association.
HIRED: RALPH HOUK, 54, as manager of the Detroit Tigers, 11 days after he resigned from the New York Yankees, at an estimated $75,000 a year for three years, the longest and highest-paying managerial contract ever given by the Tigers.
RESTORED: By the AAU, JIM THORPE'S amateur status for the period 1909-1912. Thorpe was stripped of the two gold medals he won in the 1912 Olympics by the International Olympic Committee, which ruled he was actually a professional. The U.S. Olympic Committee can now intercede on Thorpe's behalf with the IOC.
RETIRED: World auto racing champion JACKIE STEWART, 34, eight days after his friend and teammate Fran�ois Cevert was killed in a crash at Watkins Glen. Stewart, who held the world title three times, won a record 27 Grand Prix races over 10 years. He named Jody Scheckter as his successor on the Tyrrell-Ford team.