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SPRINTER?Mrs. Russell Firestone's Summer Tan covered six and one-half furlongs in crackling 1:16 to beat Belair Stud's Nashau?top-weighted at 124 pounds and late-summer candidate for two-year-old honors?in Cowdin Stakes at Belmont.
STAYER?Jaclyn Stable's closed Door, another Hartack mount, moved into lead at bottom of stretch and fought off challenge by favored Royal Vale to win by head in United Nations Turf Handicap over mile and three-sixteenths at Atlantic City.
GOLD STANDARD?Robert Sterling Clark of Upperville, Va. became England's top money-winning owner with $108,976 so far this season when Tip The Bottle earned $1,352 for first place in Swinley Forest Handicap at Ascot Heath. Runner-up to Clark as money-winner: Queen Elizabeth, whose horses have earned $107,632 so far.
?Two days after taking lead, Clark announced that leading earner Never Say Die would be retired to stud. Winner of St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, three-year-old colt had picked up $87,211 in purses, looked like good bet for upcoming Champion Stakes and St. Leger at Newmarket.
PROCESSIONS?In opening game of season for Notre Dame, Quarterback Ralph Guglielmi intercepted two passes, scored two touchdowns and passed for another to lead team to 21-0 victory over Texas before 57,594 spectators at South Bend.
?Scoring five times in final quarter, Duke rolled over Pennsylvania 52-0 in season opener at Franklin Field.
?Wisconsin showed tremendous offensive strength while brushing past Marquette 52-14 in opening game witnessed by 52,819 at Madison.
?U.C.L.A. scored three times in first quarter, added two more in final period to beat Kansas 32-7 at Lawrence.
?SQUEAKER?Oklahoma, touted as possible national champion in preseason polls, needed two quick touchdowns in final period to beat unranked Texas Christian 21-16 at Norman, Okla.