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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 17, 1973 Secretarial seeks Preakness crown No rumors being circulated as of yet BALTIMORE (AP) Trainer Lucien Laurin found it difficult to accept what was happening outside his barn at Pimlico race track. There was the usual activity as groom Eddie Sweat attended the cold Secretariat, and report- ers chatted about Saturday's 0-added Preakness Stakes. But something was no- ticeably Laurin said. "We're almost ready to Keiiio rejoins pro circuit NAIROBI (AP) The new- born Internationa! Track Asso- ciation hss breathed a sigh of relief with the news that one of its star attractions, Kenyan (Kip) Keino, is back in America and ready to rejoin the pro cir- cuit after missing two meets last weekend. Keino. who returned to Kenja to rest and attend to business interests, sa a ho had bcj'ivd of last week's meets too late to en- ter. He had expected to resume competition later this monh. Ho indicated he planned to continue his professional ca- reer, beginning at San Diego on Saturdaj. Kono'b abserce v as anything but unnoticed bj 1TA officials. The Kemo-Jim Rjun duels were set up as the ITA's biggest at- traction. And Jim Buterish. !TA executive vice-president, admit- ted that Keino s absence had caused concern. Butefish said he had grown concerned alter Keino failed to appear for a meet in Toronto Friday and was missing again at Philadelphia uin the Preakness. and nobody has Secretariat broken down yet." The reference was to the string of rumors about Secre- tariat which preceded his record-breaking victory in the Kentucky Derby May 5. Almost daily, there were re- ports about his left foreleg was unsound, that he wasn't prepared prop- eily for a top effort in the Derby, and even one rumor just prior to the race that he had been scratched. Laurin patiently denied every report, and then after the Meadow Stable colt ran the I14- mile Derby distance in a record time of 2-5. he said: "Well, I guess that takes care of the i rumors." I "The rumors had me half 'mis at Churchill Downs." Lau- rir. recalled at Pimlico. "If was 1 worth it. though, to win tha I Derby. Now, I'd like to win the I Preakness, I've never won that." Secretariat is an early 2-to-5 to win the 1 3-16-mile P.-eakr.3ss. But Lai'rin remem- bers when Riva Ridge, another Meadow Stable colt, went off a top heavy 3-to-10 choice last rear and wound up fourth as Bee Bse Bee scored a major ups-'J on a slopoy track. Laurin said Secretariat, who will bs breezed through the stretch Friday in a final tuneup, is sound as he approaches the Preakness. Laurin said, "he's in better shape than he was before the Derby. Noi too sharp, just right. With some luck, we could have a good shot Saturday." Secretariat's chief opposition in a probable field c! six, is ex- pected from Sham, S.gmund Sommer's colt who also broke the old Derby record but fin- isned second, lengths be- hind. Sham's trainer, Pancho Mar- tin, is not as boastful as he was prior to the Deity, but he's not ready to pack it in prematurely and bypass a shot for the 900 winner's share of the 400 purse. "We always worry about Sec- Martin said. "But we think we can beat Mm. "We didn't come here to ba second. If we didn't think Sham was the best, we wouldn't be here." Pimlico oddsmaker Earle Hart rated Sham at 2-to-l odds. Aaron keeps receiving hate mail HOUSTON (AP) There's one good thing about going on the road for home run slugger Hank Aaron of Atlanta doesn't have to open his mail. Aaron, is closing hi on Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714, is getting a steady stream of hate per cent of it on the adverse side. "If I was white, all America would be proud of Aaron said. "But I am black. There are some sick people in this world. Or else I wouldn't get the mail I do. These are sick people who thrive on trying to make other people miserable. "It's very offensive. They call me 'nigger' and every other bad word you can come up with." The Braves have a full-time secretary in charge of Aaron's mail, which is increasing as he gets closer to the record. And Hank reads it all. Why read such letters and postcards? "That's a good question, he said. "I don't know why. Ex- cept I always have, from the very start of my career. You get a piece of mail and you have to read it. I want to look at my own mail. I want to read what people are writing what they think." Aaron doesn't like the slurs he receives through the mail, but they won't deter him from his quest for the Babe's record. "You can't ignore them. They are here. But this is just the way things are for black people in America. It's something you battle all of your life." Before Wednesday's game against Houston Astros, Aaron had hit 683 career homers. Trudeau i pays tribute to Pembroke OTTAV.A (CD Prime Alin- inter Trudeau took time off from his regular duties re.-day In paj tribute to the achievements of Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central I Junior Hockev Leaeuc Mr. Trudeau dropped in briefly at a luncheon and told members of the Kings that behalf of Canadians and the government I want to say how proud ve are of you." The Kings, winners of the 1972-73 CJKL championship, ad- to the finals of the Cen- tennial Cup. but lost the best-of- penes 4-2 against Portage La Prairie Terriers of Uie Mani- tcba Junior Hockey League, The ten PI returned early Wed- from the western scr- Mr Trudeau met team mem- beis at a luncheo.i by Len Hopkins