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Page Twelve


Friday, June 8, 1973

Ranger rally cracks NY

- =chuck bloom ..-..
Will Belmont 'jinx'-.
...claim Secretariat?
UESTION: What do Tim Tam, Carry Back, Northern Dancer,
Kauai King, Forward Pass, Majestic Prince, and Canonero
II all have in common?
Answer: They are all thoroughbreds who had Triple Crown
hopes prior to running in the Belmont Stakes.
Question: What do Cavan, Sherlock, Quadrangle, Amberoid,
Stage Door Johnny, Arts and Letters, and Pass Catcher have
in common?
Yep, you guessed it. These are the horses who destroyed
those hopes.
Tomorrow, Secretariat will try to become the first Triple
Crown winner in 25 years. Acclaimed as an unbeatable "Super-
horse" and the greates thoroughbred since Man o' War, the
big red chestnut of Meadow Stables will face the same obstacle
as did his seven predecessors - the Belmont jinx.
At a mile and a half, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of
the Triple Crown races. Racing experts consider it to be the
truest test of a thoroughbred but year after year, great horses
have failed to meet the test.
Injury, weather, and plain bad luck - each has figured in
their downfall. And each year, sports writers have poured out
miles of copy attesting to the favorite's invincibility, as is now
being done with Secretariat.
In 1958, Tim Tam went into the Belmont Stakes with everyone
convinced that the Triple Crown trophy would be his - and it
certainly looked that way coming into the stretch. With a slight
lead over rival Cavan, Tim Tam fractured a bone in his right
foreleg and only through sheer determination and guts did he
even manage to finish.
1961 saw the great horse Carry Back lost to a 65-1 longshot
named Sherluck in the mud. Carry Back finisher a dismal
The pride of Canada in 1964 was Northern Dancer, an easy
victor in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. But a Bill
Hartack error cost him the final jewel to Quadrangle.
It was almost a Cinderella story in 1966, when an unknown
Hawaiian horse named Kauai King was knocking on the door
of immortality. Purchased for a couple of thousand dollars,.
Kauai King shocked the racing world with a Derby and Preak-
ness win.
But the horse, never considered among the greats, couldn't
handle the pressure of the Belmont nor could he handle the
large New York crowd at Aqueduct, the temporary site of the
race while old Belmont Park was being renovated. Kauai King
finished fourth to Amberoid whose trainer was Lucien Laurin,
now Secretariat's trainer.
Despite the damaging drug controversy of 1968, Forward
Pass went into the middle of June on the threshhold of fame.
Declared the winner of the Derby due to Dancer's Image's dis-
qualification for use of the drug butazolidin and following up
with a convincing win at Pimlico, Forward Pass went into the
Belmont a tired horse. It was his tenth race of the year - a
fact that was evident from the start. Stage Door Johnny, who
had never run in a stakes race in his life, caught Forward
Pass at the eighth pole to win the 100th running.
1969 saw mud and Arts and Letters ruin Majestic Prince's
hopes and the only unbeaten streak of a horse prior to the
Injury played havoc with Canonero II'in 1971. The Venezue-
lan colt had shown himself superior to the competition in prev-
ious appearances but contracted a skin rash, a foot infection,
and "burned" heels the week before the race. Even though
Canonero was unfit to race, his owners, spurred on by national
interest here and in Venezuela where Canonero had become a
national hero, felt it was their obligation to run him. The results
were predictable. Pass Catcher, 35 to 1 at the start, outlasted
the rest of the field for the victory with ailing Canonerolagging
in fourth.
For a horse to vin the grueling mile-and-a-half Belmont, he
must be physically sound, and ridden perfectly.
The oldest mistake in racing is to watch one horse and
forget the rest. Racing knowledgables say a good horse can run
on any kind of track, but all too often the mud at Belmont
Park, particularly bad because it is such a deep track, has
taken its toll.
However, even to the skeptics, it appears that Secretariat is
beyond the "jinx." His health is excellent according to Laurin,
jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode last year's Belmont winner
Riva Ridge, has made no mistakes aboard Secretariat.
It is all speculation until tomorrow afternoon around 5:24

p.m., but the chances look bright for a Triple Crown silver anni-
versary celebration.

By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Tex.-Alex John-
son doubled home the tie-break-
ing run with two out in the
eighth inning and scored on an
error to give the Texas Rangers,
who trailed 5-0 after one inning,
a 7-5 victory over the New York
Yankees last night.
Rico Carty started the winning
rally with a two-out single oft
Lindy McDaniel, 4-2, and scored
on Johnson's double off the right
field wall. Rich Billings, ground-
er then went through the legs of
third baseman Graig Nettles,
allowing Johnson to score.
Don Stanhouse, who had drop-
ped his first five decisions, allow-
ed five hits in eight innings of
relief to earn his first triumph
of the season.
Birds bumble
BALTIMORE - The Chicago
White Sox scored two runs on
only one hit in the fifth inning,
and went on to beat the Balti-
more Orioles 3-2 last night as
reliever Terry Forster halted
two threats.
Bill Sharp singled in what
proved to be the winning ru in
the eighth off loser Jim Palmer,
6-4, after Pat Kelly singled and
stole second.
Winner Steve Stone, 1-1, allow-
ed two hits, one a fourth-inning
homer by designated hitter Tom-
my Davis, until Al Bumbry open-
ed the sixth with a triple. With
two out, Stone loaded the bases
on a pair of walks but Forster
ended the threat when Earl Wil-
liams' easy grounder struck Boog
Powell on the foot as he headed
for third base.
Cubs crushed
CHICAGO - Andy Messersmith
pitched a three-hitter and Willie
Davis hit his eighth home run of
the season yesterday, leading the
Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 vic-
tory over the Chicago Cubs.
Messersmith, 6-5, yielded only
Don Kessinger's bunt single in
the third inning, which extended
his hitting streak to 13 games,
J o. s e Cardenal's fourth - inning
double and Rick Monday's single
in the eighth.
Loser Rick Reuschel, 6-4, gave
up a one-out double in the fourth
to Willie Crawford, who scored
on Ron Coy's single.
The Dodgers made it 3-0 in the
eighth as Bill Buckner singled

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and. Davis hit Reuschel's next
pitch into the right field seats
for his second homer in two
days. Dave Lopes tripled home
their final run in the ninth.
Redbirds ripped
ST. LOUIS - Ivan Murrell's
leadoff home run in the ninth
inning off reliever Wayne Gran-
ger, his second of the season,
lifted the San Diego Padres to
a come-from-behind 4-3 victory
over St. Louis last night, ending
the Cardinals' five-game winning
Dave Roberts, Murrell and
Jerry Morales drove in runs with
two out in the sixth inning to
life the Padres into a 3-3 tie.
The Padres, who squandered
five hits in the second and third
innings against Reggie Cleve-
land, erupted after Leron Lee
singled and Fred Kendall drew a
two-out walk. Roberts singled,
Murrell doubled and Morales got
an infield hit before Granger
extinguished the rally,
Meanwhile, San Diego and St.
Louis traded utility infielders
yesterday, the Padres sending
veteran Dave Campbell to St.
Louis for Dwain Anderson.
Campbell, former University
of Michigan diamond star, played
parts of three seasons with the
Detroit Tigers before joining the
Padres in a 1969 trade.
Expos expired
MONTREAL-Mike Lum drove
in the tying run with a seventh-
inning triple and scored on Son-
ny Jackson's pinch single to give
the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 victory
over the Montreal Expos last
Dave Johnson, who hit his
ninth homer of the season in the
fifth for the Braves' first run,
drew a leadoff walk in the sev-
enth off loser Balor Moore, 3-5.
With one out, Lum tripled into
the right field corner, scoring

Pro Standings
W L Pct. GB
"etroit2 8 23 .549 -
New York It21 25 tt285
saltimore 24 13 .510 2
Boston 24 25 .490 3
Milwaukee 24 27 .471 4
Cleveland 20 32 .385 S
Chicago 28 It .583 -
Minnesota 20 21 .571 ?'
Kansas City 30 26 .536 2
Calitornia 26 23 .531 21,
Oakland 27 27 .500 4
Texas 17 32 .344 11'
wednesday's Late Results
California 7, Detroit 4
Yesterday's Results
Chicago 3, Baltimore 2
Texas 7, NewYorek5
Detroit at California, inc.
Tonigt's Ganmes
Minnesota (Blyleven 6-6) at Balti-.
more (McNally 5-6).
Chicago (Wood 13-5) at Cleveland
(wilcox 3-2).
Boston (Curtis 3-5) at Texas
(Brobert 1-5).
New York (Medich 4-2) at Kansas
City (Garber -I)4.
Detroit (Lolich 5-5) at Oakland
(alue 4-2).
Milwaukee (Bel 5-6) at California
w L Pet. G 1
Chicago 32 22 .593 -
Pittsburgh 23 14 .489 5!/
St. Louis 24 20 .48t C
Montreal 225.400 0)4
New York 22 10 .458 1
Philadelphia 20 32 .385 11
San Francisco 30 20 .655 -
Los Angeles 33 22 .000 3'"
Cincinnati 30 23 .566 5',
Houston 31 26 .544 6'
Atlanta 20 33 .377 15'
San Diego 20 36 .357 17
Yesterday's Resulls
Los Angeles 4, Chicago 0
Atlanta 3, Montreal 2
San Diego 4, St. Louis 3
Today's Games
Cincinnati (Carroll 2-4) at Chicago
(Pappas 3-4).
San Diego (Arlin 2-2) at Philadel-
phia (Carton 5-7).
S. Louis (wise 7-2) at Atlanta
(Rgeed 2-7).
San Francisco (Barr 4-5) at Mon-
treal (Renko 3-3).
Los Angeles (John 4-2) at New York
(Seaver 1-3).
Pittsuergh (Ellis 5-5) at Houston
(Forsch 5-5).

CHICAGO'S TONY MUSER (25) slides across home safely according to umpire Jerry Neudecker in
last night's White Sox win over Baltimore. Watching in vain is Jim Palmer (22) and catcher Earl

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