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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Sunday May Sports C Kokomo Ind Tribune C1 Go for Gin leads the pack across the finish line to win the 120th running of the Kentucky Derby 91 shot wins the Derby LOUISVILLE AP It was the kind of frontrunning perfor mance that was expected from Holy Bull Only it came from Go For Gin Go For Gin winless in his three Erevious starts dominated the 20th Kentucky Derby on Satur day in the way many people thought Holy Bull might or per haps Brocco would The bay colt a 91 betting choice ridden by Chris McCarron was second going into the clubhouse turn ancT first coming out of it He stayed there to win the Derby on a damp dayover a Downs track by tWp lengths over Related column An unlikely Derby winner C3 led most V V ssVi fades five of his seyeiri yictpries gled home 12ttjiri alfield yearplds HolyBull ipff at 2il became the bfeat en Derby favorite The last betting choice to win was Spectacular Bid in 1979 Brocco the second betting choice finished fourth after being third at the top of the stretch A month ago the 46yearold trainer Nick Zito who won the Derby in 1991 with Strike the Gold had predicted that Go For Gin would win the Derby During Derby week however he would not go quite that far I dont know if hes up to the status of Holy Bull and Brocco but hes said iQrm Saturday Go For Gin stepped the status of Holy Bull and Brocco into the mud be at the Preakness with bells shouted Zito during his trip in four years to the most famous winners circle in Later Zito spoke with President Clinton the first president ever to call a Kentucky Derby winner Zito toldClinton he pres idents late mother Virginia Kelley smiling down on him An avid racing fan she was at the Derby in 1993 before she died of cancer I understand the polls are faing up Youre a good ito told the president Arid Zitos horse was just too good on this Derby day Go For Gin was second behind Ulises going into the first turn and ahead of that member of the mutual field coming out of it McCarron took Go For Gin to the rail then for the run to the roses At the top of the stretch it quickly became obvious who the Derby winner would be When r stepped on the pedal at the 316ths pole he McCar ron said I was really happy when I looked back under my legs and didnt see anyone McCarron 39 who won the 1987 Derby on Alysheba guided the winner home in 35 on the first sloppy track for a Derby since Citation won in 1948 It was the third off track at the Derby in the last three years A crowd of cheered Go For Gin to the wire especially those who wagered on him and collected and for a bet Strodes Creek ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye and trained by 81 yearold Charlie Whittingnam already the oldest winning trainer in Derby history returned and Blumin Affair ridden by Jerry Bailey finished lengths behind StrodesCreek and three quarters of a length ahead of Broc cp paying to show Completing tjie order bf finish were Soul or ml Matter Tabasco Cat Southern Rhythm Powis Hall Smilin Singiri Meadow Flight Valiant Nature and Ulises Each starter carried 126 pounds Kandaly was scratched because of a track made hard m AP photos Winning jockey Chris McCarron is congratulated by Go for Gin trainer Nick Zito rain on Friday and earlier Satur afternoon Holy Bulls performance had to be a disappointment to 74year old ownertrainer Jimmy Croll who on Wednesday was named to the National Racing Hall of Fame Holy Bull was bequeathed to Croll by Rachel Carpenter a long time Croll client and partner who died Aug 14 1993 theday the gray colt won in his debut Go For Gin earned from a purse of boosting his career earnings to on a record of five wins and three seconds in 10 starts Thats a lot of money but in the world of Ameri can horse racing a Derby winner is like a Van Gogh priceless Blue Devils reign on links KHS baseballfinishes week40 A little rain and a little wind didnt stop Tipton High Schools team at the Howard Tipton County Golf Invita tipnal here at Tipton Munici pal Golf Course Saturday The Blue Devils came out on top with 157 while Western shot 162 and Northwestern 168 Eastern was next with 187 and TriCentral finished at 205 The Panthers Ryan Traur ing was medalist with 37 while Tiptons Don Wolfe Matt Quigley and Zack Miller tied for secondlow score with 39s Under the conditions I was very pleased with how we played Tipton coach Ken Day said It was windy and misting so it was a tough tournament But the kids were very positive about how they Western coming off a tough loss to Kokomo Friday bounced back in the unfriend ly weather Besides Trauring Bryan Burns came in at 41 while Bryan Teed and Chad Laughner each shot 42 Paul Schneider led the Tigers with a 41 and team mate Doug MacKay shot 42 Jeff Middlesworth topped Eastern at 44 and Matt Jack son shot 47 for the Trojans Baseball Kokomo plated six runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat Muncie Central 82 in North Central Conference action It was the Wildkats fourth straight victory the fourth this week The Kats Jeremy Carpenter sparked the sixrun sixm with a tworun triple while Cprby Smith and Shain Wells each had RBI Angles Michael Wernke had two singles for Prep roundup Kokomo Troy Stiner was the winner pitching innings and strik ing out 10 Bearcats Both Muncie runs were unearned Taylor fell 83 to West Lafayette Friday despite eight errors by the Red Devils Chris OBryan led the Titans going 2for4 with a pair of singles This was the type of ball game where we were in the game but didnt win because of a lack of Taylor coach George Phares said We need to improve our starting pitching so we dpnt give up so many walks but I did think our defense was improved as a Track and field Secondranked Kokomo dominated the field at the Tiger Truex Invitational in Warsaw Friday winning 10 of 15 events to finish first ahead of seventhranked Elkhart Central Rolando Tyler was the indi vidual winner in the 100and 200meter dashes and was named Outstanding Sprinter of the meet while teammate Frankie Young established a meet record in the long jump Bobby Pettigrew was named Outstanding Field Event par ticipant This was the first year for the new team relay format at the meet To have Bobby Pettigrew and Rolando Tyler recog nized was a great Kokomo coach Larry Ruch said We felt like all of our athletes really extended them selves and performed well This was the first time weve Changes pinned on prep wrestling IHSAA eyes a true team champion Don Wolfe shot 39 to pace Tipton to a victory in the HQwardTipton County Golf Invitational Tribune photo by Anne Farrar been in this type of an event and it was a lot of fun for Northwestern and West ern each placed individuals at the Oak Hill Relays Friday MadisonGrant was the team winner with 69 points but the Panthers and Tigers were back in the field with 18 and 14 points respectively Nortnwesterns Travis Cof fey was second in the pole vault at 110 while Westerns Keller was third in the shot put with a throw of 457 Our field events can do better than that but the run ners are improving each time said Western coach Bill Dickison Although some of Satur days prep events were rained out a look at the results from the games played maybe found on the Scoreboard on Page C8 By CAMERON WEPRIN Tribune sportswriter In high school sports such as swimming and track a few great athletes can carry a team to a state championship Starting in the 199596 school year that wont be the case in wrestling That will be the first season a team state champion based on a dual meet format will be crowned It is one of a few rules changes the Indiana High School Athletic Associa tion will be making Hopefully it will increase interest in the sport of said Bob Gardner assistantcommissioner of the IHSAA We want to bring back the interest in the dual meets and shift the emphasis away from just the great athlete and onto the entire team This will make filling out the entire roster more Most of the states top teams schedule few dual meets but rather travel to large tournaments on the weekends That may change because both the athletes and the coaches will need to adjust to the dual meet format Coaching for a dual meet is different than coaching for a said Mike Ward who will begin his 25th season as coach of Taylor High Schools team this winter If you can win seven weight class es you can win a dual meet So coaches will have tp find seven people who can win and put them in the right weight The individual state tournament will not change But under the proposed guidelines for 9596 one complete team from each sec tional will advance to the regional where two dual meets will determine the region al champion It isnt known yet if the team and individual champions will be decided on the same day The same will hold true at the semistate round until the state champion is decided in a meet which will include eight teams The finals will take place at ayettobedeterrnined site the week after the individual state finals There are still a few things to work Gardner said But being in one competition doesnt preclude someone Weight changes Here is a look at the newhigh school wrestling weight classes which will go into effect for the 199495 season 100 pounds 106 112 119 126 134 from being in another Someone could be an individual state champion and still be part of a team state Although Ward has a generally favor able view toward the proposal because it will give the state a true team champion he said he is worried about the team title being dominated by big schools As long as they keep it as one class it will keep a school like us from ever win ning a state Ward said You will need a really deep team to A major change for 199495 involves weight classes which will be spread out more evenly than is the case now The number of weight classes will remain at 13 Instead of having five weight classes between 120 and 150 pounds there will only be three and 142 pounds It might make it harder for some coaches to field a complete and competitive squad Six years ago they the con ducted a survey and round that most high school kids weigh between 120 and 150 Ward said They changed the weight classes to reflect that Now they are changing it The lowest weight class will drop three pounds to 100 and there also will be some differences at the top end Instead of a 189 and a heavyweight division there will be classes at and heavyweight According to Ward the 100 and 215 divisions will be the toughest to fill for the coaches But it might be safer for athletes because it should prevent them from dropping excessive weight The 185 class will weaken because it used to be that if we had a kid come out of football at 210 pounds he might try to drop to Ward said Now he will stay beefed up and wrestle at ;