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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, 11, THI UTHMIDCI HERALD A brillant one-horse show Secretariat's performance is still hard to believe NEW YORK (AP) They're still trying to find a word to de- scribe Secretariat. "Some horse a hell of a trainer Lucien Laurin said Sunday, but the former Montreal jockey knew that enough to say. After all, Secretariat had be- come the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, chopping more than a bitesize chunk off the Belmont Stakes record and winning by 31 lengths. "He's the peoph's horse, and I think it was good for those people who were here to see him do said jockey Eon Ranks ivith best NEW YORK (AP) Once in a lifetime a great champion comes along who makes a shambles of the deeds of his predecessors. He is fashioned for eternity. Such a champion is Secretar- iat. He is Jack Dempsey mauling a gigantic Jess Willard. He is Babe Ruth hitting 714 home runs. Ha is Jim Thorpe, ex- celling in many sports as no man ever did before. He is an- other Man 0' Wai-. He is the heavyweight king of the world. "He knows he is said Penny Tweedy, the operator of Meadow Stable, after watching Secretariat win the Bslmont Stakes in record time and be- come the first horse in 25 years to take thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. "I am in absolute awe of him. His size, his good tooks, his as- tounding must be frightening to other horses. But to me, he's like a mischievous kid. "He is so full of himself, he doesn't know what to do. He is one big mass of energy, always ready and eager to run. Yes, I think he knows he is a cham- pion. He is a ham. "All you have to do is click a camera and his ears will perk up and he will strike up a pro- file. You'd think he was in Hol- lywood." Secretariat is a ravenous ea- ter. He is like a kid with his hand always in the cookie jar. With all of his restrained energy, he Is inclined to be very relaxed, except when on track. There were doubts about him when he was beaten in the Wood Memorial, one of his three defeats. "I still don't think he is a su- per Jimmy Jones said grudgingly after Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in record time. Jones with his late father, saddled eight Derby winners, including the last Triple Crown winner, Citation, to 1948. Secretariat, putting on an awesome show of speed, beat Sham a second time in the Pre- akness but cynics weren't fully convinced until the Belmont Sat- urday. Now, there are no doubts. Turcotte of Grand Falls, N.B. "it's just a sl.ame for those who didn't." A lot of those who did see it didn't believe it. "I knew we were rolling, but I didn't have any idaa we were going that Turcotte said. "I just knew my horse was run- ning good and settling into a long, smooth stride. "I saw the cumulative timer just as it hit and thought, 'Oh, I can make so I urged him a little in just the last few as far as from here to the end of the barn." The result, very simply, was a Belmont victory in two min- utes and 24 seconds, nearly tores seconds faster than Gal- lant Man's 16-year-old record 01 3-5, six lengths more, than the legendary Count Fleet's margin 30 years ago. And without so much as a thought of using the whip. Oh, Turcotte carries one. "You wouldn't go to war with- out a gun would he asked. But with Secretariat, the whip has been used so seldom the new leather smell hasn't worn off. INCREASE EARNINGS Secretariat's Belmont victory put anothar in the Meadow Stable bank account- making him just a little more than short of mil- had everybody ask- ing: "What's The big, reddish son of Bold Ruler has been syndicated" for a record million for breed- happened. I was surprised that he backed up that early." What happened was that Sec- retariat soared from a length had after three-quarters of a mile to seven at the mile and an amazing 20 after a mile and a quarter. In fact, he ran the 10 furlongs faster than he did when he broke the track record in the Kentucky Derby for that dis- tance. Sham was so discouraged that he finished last, with Twice a Prince second and My Gallant third ahead of Pvt. Smiles. But none was within shouting distance of the winner. He sim- ply went faster than any horse had ever gone 1% miles on the dirt in North America. Will one ever go faster? "It one does, I sure hope I'm on Turcotte said. Baker shines on flat track ing purposes. "Mrs. John Tweedy hasn't made a decision yet, but I'd think he'll go in the Ttavers Stakes in August, with maybe one race brfore Laurin said, referring to the operator of Meadow Stable. "But he'll definitely race hs added. For a half mile in the Bel- mont, there was a race. Sham, a 21A-length loser to Secretariat in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, dueled the king for the lead. 'Sham even got in front of me that one tune, maybe a neck, maybe half a Turcotte said. "But then I took the lead back and Sham started dropping back. "Once he started dropping back, he backed off so fast that I looked around to see what Steve Baker of Bellingham, Washington was by far the best performer in the Canadian Motorcycle Association flat track race meet staged at the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club Sunday afternoon. The local club hosted the one- day meet sanctioned by the CMA and had riders from var- ious parts of Alberta and as far as Brampton, Ont., Burna- by, B.C.. and Washington par- ticipating. Baker topped all riders in the first flat track race meet ever held in Lethbridge by captur- ing two of the five events up for grabs. i The experienced professional, j who rides for Yamaha of Can- ada, opened with a victory in the 250 cc expert event and then came right back to win the heavyweight expert class. Rex Truple of Red Deer plac- ed second behind Baker in the Pierson of Lethbridge in the heavyweight expert final while Truple trailed in third. In another 250 cc event, Joe Macintosh of Calgary carted home the senior's title by edg- ing Henry Koeluyn also of Cal- gary. Third place went to Martin Rath of Medicine Hat riding a Bultacp. Ron Witzke, another Gas City rider, fared better as he earn- ed a first place finish in the 125 cc junior class. His 125 cc Huskie carried him to a marginal victory over Sid Visser of Raymond, who handl- ed a Yamaha. Jack Chant of Calgary plac- Baker in action The Lethbridge Motorcycle Club staged its first event of the year Sunday, flat racing. The big winner at the one-day show was Steve Baker of Bellingham, Wash., here in action. 250 cc expert Dwayne Hamood race while of Medicine Hat finished in third. Baker bested runner-up Brian ed third. Robert Visser of Raymond completed the list of flat track race winners as he walked away with the 250 cc junior title. Visser's" Yamaha out-distanc- ed Glen Miller of Coaldale and Warren Whitmore of Lethbridge who finii ;ed second and respectively. third Mills captures golf classic More sport on page 10 Foremost wins twice over Saiisei Foremost went home feeling that the Lethbridge Sansei were the perfect hos s as they swept a Centennial Bantam Baseball League dubleheader Sunday afternoon. In the first encounter, Fore- most wiped-out six Sansei pit- chers for an easy 26-8 victory while in the second they had a little harder time with a slim 6-5 decision. John Wolfe earned the mound win in the first game while Tim Katakami suffered the loss. Dennis Taylor managed a double and single in a losing cause while Katakami aided with a pair of singles. Chuck Karl led Foremost in the second match by besting Alex Gepneris on the mound. George Hiraga stroked two singles for the locals. In exhibition action Satur- day, the Sansei took the short end of 16-6 and 10-8 scores against Warner. BUTTON, Mass. (AP) Mary Mills charged from hind with a final-round three-un- der-par 70 Sunday to win the Ladies' Professional Golf Asso- ciation (LPGA) championship, her first tournament victory since 1970. Miss Mills, who won the women's United States Open in 1963 and the LPGA title the fol- lowing year, had a 72-hole total of 288 at Pleasant Valley Coun- try Club. As third-round leaders Kathy Whitworth, Chako Higuchi, and Janie Blalock faded, Miss Mills broke out of a tie with Betty Burfeindt with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole. She cap- ped a surge of six birdies in nine holes with a 50-foot putt on the 18th. Miss Burfeindt was unable to catch up, finishing one stroke back with a Miss Bur- feindt also birdied the last hole, narrowly missing an eagle putt which would have forced a playoff. Miss Mills, who turned pro in 1962, underwent surgery on her left wrist last year but proved she is once again back in top form. After rounds of 73, 73, and 72, she started the final day one stroke behind. She was one over par on the front nine, but then birdied the next two holes. After a bogey on the 12th left her one stroke behind Miss Bur- feindt, Miss Mills pulled back into a tie with a birdie three on the 13Lh. Then came her big putt, downhill on the 15th green, CAHA may lose NHL support Two hockey groups on outs? and her 18th. whining putt on the MONTREAL most contentious issue expected to be discussed at this year's annual meeting of the National Hockey League, which gets under way today, will be the NHL agree- ment with the Canadian Ama- teur Hockey Association. The pact, whereby the NHL Days the CAHA for players ;aken by the professional teams in the annual amateur draft, ex- >ires June 30 and NHL presi- dent Clarence Campbell says he NHL must study "on what jasis if any, il wants to renew or amend" the current agree- ment. Under the current terms, the NHL agrees not to draft players intil they have completed their unior eligibility at age 20. The system was adopted in 1967 after a federal government task orce on sport made the recom- mendation. Previously, the NHL dubs had been able to select amateurs under the 20-year-old age limit. Last month. Houston Aeros of he rival World Hockey Associ- ation drafted Mark and Marty Howe as professionals and signed them to contract last week. Mark, 18, and Marty, 19, played for Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A series last year. The WHA contends both boys are professionals because they accepted a weekly living al- lowance from the Marlies. The WHA and CAHA have not been able to reach an agree- ment similar to the one used by the NHL and the amatuer body but Campbell noted if an amendment is not effected the NHL would "remain vulnerable to the WHA." One aspect the NHL could be looking at in its search for a suitable amendment would be to have certain players labelled "exceptional players." These athletes would have reached the stage where additional years in junior ranks will not help their development. "This isn't something we could do on our Campbell said. "We'd have to have the consent of the CAHA. Right now, I don't know what we'll do with it." Unlike former years, the amateur draft will not be held during the annual meetings. The draft was held in May, mainly because of its disruptive influence on the other sessions of the meeting. "Before, the governors' meet- ings were constantly being dis-' rupted by the individual clubs i holding a caucus the day before j the draft and then consultation i with the owners in their meet-' ings the day of Camp- bell said. In other years, there had j draft players from the Ameri- been considerable activity sur- rounding the intra-league draft, where the NHL-memoer clubs draft from each other. It's un- likely there will be much intra- league draft action this session. In the infra-league proceed- ings, each club is allowed to protect 18 skaters and two goal- tenders and no club can have more than one claim registered against it. In addition, there will be no goalie draft, despite the fact two must be named to each team's protected list. First-year pros are also ex- empt from this year's draft. Late today, the NHL clubs can and Western Hockey Leagues, while the two minor leagues have their shot at the NHL clubs in Wednesday's re- verse draft. In the latter, each NHL team will protect 37 play- ers. CATCHER SIDELINED NEW YORK (AP) York Mets have recalled New out- fielder Don Hahn from their Tidewater farm club of the In- ternational League and placed catcher Jerry May on the 15- day National League baseball disabled list. STAMPEDE WRESTLING EXHIBITION PAVILION TONIGHT P.M. N.A. TITLE BOUT: STOMPER vs AFA ANOIA YOKOUCHI and FUJI vs KROFFAT and CODY 5 exciting Matches TRIMBLES TIRE SUPPLY LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-2007 VULCAN Phone 485-2062 BLAIRMORE Phone 562-2743 SALESMAN OF THE MONTH We ore pleased to an- nounce that Harry Kim- ura has achieved sales- man of the month for May. We congratulate Harry on his fine ing. HARRY KIMURA FLEMING MOTORS LTD. 7th St. and 1st Avc. S. 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