Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednosdoy, May 23, 1973 Sets sight as Triple Crown ivinner Turcotte becomes one oft the best NEW YORK (CP) In then- Valley Stream home, not far from" the big city racetracks, Kon and Gay Turcotte have been keeping a high gloss on their Triple Crown trophies. In a sense, it's a makeshift Triple Crown, with the awards that make up the most honored combination in horse racing coining in different years. But they are the top prizes in Ron Turcotte's crowded trophy case, awarded to the Canadian- born jockey for winning the Kentucky twice, the Pre- akness twice and the Belmont Stakes once. No Canadian native jockey has won the three classics in a single season. Turcotte is on the threshold of becoming the first. "I don't think racing in gen- eral has given Bon all the rec- ognition he says his agent, Joe Shiavone, better known around the tracks as Joe Shea. "He's been among the top 10 jockeys for the last 10 years. He works well with everyone, and he's a credit to racing both on and off the track. He's a clean- living man who loves his family and home. Maybe winning the i Triple Crown will bring him the credit he so richly deserves." 1 Ron married his hometown sweetheart, Gaetane Morin. Both were born in Grand Falls, N.B., and they have three 7; Ann, 5, and Tina, 4. A huge Great Dane completes the Turcotte household in the Long Island community of Val- ley Stream. A dozen years in the saddle have left the 31-year-old former lumberjack a bit on the grizzled side. But his senses seem to be keener than ever on the tough- est racing circuit in the Big Apple. Already this year, Turcotte has won more than million in purse money and may surpass his total 1972 wijmings of Except for his first two full years as a rider, his mounts have never failed to wir more than million annually And he has passed the mark in winners. 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Canada H idc t-'taiure Service Player returns to PGA circuit ATLANTA (AP) Gary Player of South Africa, for more than a decade one of the world's leading golfers, makes his long delayed 1973 United Pattison completes piircl lase VANCOUVER (CP) Van- couver businessman Jim Patti- son anounced Tuesday that he las completed the purchase of he franchise and player con- Tacts of Philadelphia Blazers of the World Hockey Associ- ation from the Philadelphia World Hockey Club Inc. for million cash. Purchase of the WHA club, which has been renamed Van- couver Blazers, was announced ast week. Mr. Pattison said the 'ormal transfer of ownership took place Monday. At the same time, Mr. Patti- son said the new WHA entry las already received more than applications for season tickets. In announcing the purchase ast week, the club said that the :irst applicants would qualify for membership in a charter members club, entitling members to gold-numbered membership cards and com- plimentary tickets to pre-season exhibition games. Mr. Pattison said that because of the de- mand, the number of charter members was being increased to Blazers home games will be played in the Pacific 'oliseum, which is also the home arena for Vancouver Ca- nucks of the National Hockey League. States start this week in Atlanta Classic. Player, the 1972 U.S. PGA champion and one of only four men to sweep the world's major titles, has been sidelined most of the year by a series of health problems. But he'll be in the 144-man field and, as always, ranks as one of the top contenders for the Thursday start of the 72- hole test over the hilliest, hard- est-walking layout the touring pros play all season, the yard, par-72 Atlanta Country Club course. Player originally had been scheduled to start his American swing in Florida. But that was delayed by .a couple of oper- ations. He had a cyst removed from his leg, and hs had to have major surgery to correct some problems with his blad- der. He missed the Masters for the first time in 17 years. SHOOTS FOR SI MILLION Now he's seeking to become the first foreign player to pass the million mark in career earnings on the U.S. tour. He's won more than in each of the last four seasons and needs only to pass the million mark. "I feel Player said after two practice rounds. "I'm very glad I'm a non-smoker and have taken care of my body." While Player will draw much of the gallery attention, the fa- vorite's role goes to Jack Nick- laus. Nicklaus scored his third vic- tory of the season in his last previous start five weeks ago, and he's looking for a chance to regain the leading money win- ning spot. Bruce Crampton of Australia, who is idle this week, has Nicklaus, with could regain the lead with a victory, worth Frazier wants image changed NEW YORK (AP) Walt Frazier earns a year >laying basketball for York Knicks, drives a Rolls- Royce and lives a high life in a pad. But he's not completely happy. "People take me for the 28-year-old super- tar lamented Tuesday. "They think I loaf in the early part of he game and just put out in the ast five minutes. "It's wrong. I think I am a consistent player. I've got o change that image." Frazier joined Frank Mahov- ich of Montreal Canadicns of he National Hockey League in receiving the Life Saver awards or professional excellence dur- ng March and April. Frazier helped lead the Knicks to, the National Basket- all Association championship md Mahpvlich scored his 500th roal during a victorious game hat clinched the NHL East Di- ision crown for the Canadiens. JNAWARE OF PARTY Frazier, attired for the occa- lon in a white suit, black sweater vest and one of those modish pin-on bow ties, said one thing he wanted to get straight quickly was that lie did not boycott the Knicks' victory dinner and city hall reception because of pique over not being named the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. The honor went to team-mate Willis Reed. "I went to Washington, D.C., to attend the graduation of my two sisters from Howard Uni- he said. "I didn't know about the party or the recep- tion." He said he wasn't jealous be- cause the MFP went to Reed but lie felt lie might have re- ceived the honor if it had been based on all of the playoffs, and not just the final series with Los Angeles Lakers. "Honors and awards mean more to me ndw than he said. "They are things that While he acknowledged that a thin line separates supers.ars from ordinary stars in the NBA, he said he considered himself "the most complete player in basketball."