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With Approval ($4.60), Craig Perret in the saddle, edged away in the final furlong to defeat Chenin Blanc by 1� lengths on the turf and win the Bowline Green Handicap and $113,280, at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old colt, who covered the 1? miles in 2:10[1/5], surpassed the 18-year-old world record by four fifths of a second.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHN NIELSON, PRICE COBB and MARTIN BRUNDLE drove a Jaguar XJR12 to victory in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, beating Franz Konrad, Jon Lammers and Andy Wallace, also in a Jaguar, by a lap. The winners averaged 126.8 mph while covering 3,034 miles on the 8.45-mile road course.
Michael Andretti, driving a Chevrolet-Lola, defeated Bobby Rahal, also in a Chevy-Lola, by 1:48.53 to win the Detroit Grand Prix. Andretti averaged 84.90 mph for the 62 laps of the 2.5-mile, 17-turn downtown street circuit and earned $134,306.
Harry Gant, driving an Oldsmobile, defeated Rusty Wallace, behind the wheel of a Pontiac, by 2.4 seconds to win a NASCAR event and $54,350 in Long Pond, Pa. Gant, who at age 50 became the oldest driver ever to win a NASCAR race, averaged 120.627 mph for the 200 laps of the 2�-mile Pocono International Raceway trioval.
Frank Hawley defeated Joe Amato by .099 of a second to win the Top Fuel drag racing title at the NHRA Springnationals, in Kirkersville, Ohio. Hawley reached 278.12 mph on his final run down the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile strip.
RODEO—CHRIS WITCHER of Montana State defeated Hardy Vestal of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo by 36 points to win the men's all-around championship of the College National Finals Rodeo, in Bozeman, Mont. MONTANA STATE won the men's team crown by 162 points over second-place Sam Houston State. JIMMI JO MARTIN of Wyoming won the title in the women's CNFR all-around competition by 207 points over Patti O'Maley of Idaho State. Martin scored all of the Cowgirls' points in leading WYOMING to the women's team title, by 30 points over Howard College.
Magnus Larsson won out over Lawson Duncan 6-7, 7-5, 6-0 to win a men's tour event and $32,500 in Florence, Italy.