Mickey Wright led a field of 33 through a foggy morning over the San Diego Stardust Country Club course and into a bright, winning afternoon as she easily captured the tournament that is named for her, the Mickey Wright Invitational, with a 286.
HORSE RACING—KELSO ($3.80) easily won the $115,200 Woodward Stakes at Aqueduct. A faltering disappointment to the Bohemia Stable in earlier stakes races this season, Kelso beat the second-choice Jaipur by an impressive 4½ lengths. The 5-year-old gelding, ridden by Ismael Valenzuela, took the lead away from Beau Purple on the far turn and breezed home in the uninspiring time of 2:03[1/5] for the mile-and-a-quarter distance.
Comic ($24.80) unexpectedly won the $29,250 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct, surprising a trio of distinguished 3-year-olds: Ridan, the favorite (fifth). Decidedly (sixth) and Greek Money (seventh). The Ogden Phipps colt, which was trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, moved from seventh in the backstretch to win the mile-and-an-eighth race, finishing half a length ahead of Dedimoud.
Main Swap ($33.60) was declared the winner of the $29,650 Astarita Stakes at Aqueduct after Smart Deb was relegated to last place for bumping at the start. After a look at the films, officials upheld Braulio Baeza's foul claim against the Chicago filly that had won all seven of her previous starts. In this one Willie Shoemaker brought her across the finish line three lengths ahead of Main Swap.
TRACK & FIELD—VALERI BRUMEL, handsome Russian high jumper who held the world mark at 7 feet 5 inches, cleared a record 7 feet 5⅜ inches (although officially listed as 7 feet 5¼ inches) on his first try in a Moscow meet. He has now jumped 1⅝ inches higher than John Thomas, the former world record holder.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: TOMMY MCDONALD, 28, happy-go-lucky, pass-catching wonder of the Philadelphia Eagles (see page 47), and Patricia Gallagher, 21, of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., the day before the National Football League season began; in Audubon, Pa.
SIGNED: ED LOPAT, 44, pitching coach of the Kansas City Athletics and former New York Yankee pitching ace, for two years as manager of the A's. Lopat replaces a former Yankee teammate, Hank Bauer, who resigned after he encountered resolute silence about his future from Owner Charles O. Finley, while not encountering Finley himself.
FIRED: MEL McGAHA, 36, youngest manager in the major leagues, by the sixth-place Cleveland Indians in another of the brisk shake-up moves that signal the end of every baseball season.
RETIRED: PAUL ARIZIN, 34, from big-time basketball, to become a part-time player for the Camden (N.J.) Bullets of the Eastern Basketball League. Twice during his 10 years as a bull-shouldered forward with the Philadelphia Warriors he led all scorers in the National Basketball Association. Business interests led him to stay in the East when the Warriors moved to San Francisco this season.
DIED: JOSEPH CAMBRIA, 72, for 34 years a baseball scout for Clark and Calvin Griffith's Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins; in Minneapolis. Cambria signed more than 500 players, many of them Cubans who affectionately called him Papa Joe (one Havana baseball-playing student Cambria did not sign—Fidel Castro, for not having a fast ball). He did not like giving bonuses to rookies and never offered one. "I don't believe in making a boy a financial success before he starts," he once said.