Cturday. May 7, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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IT'S DERBY DAY
Seattle Slew ready to roar
LOUISVILLE (A) - Seattle
Slew faces the biggest challenge
of his short but spectacular ca-
reer Saturday when the 103rd
Kentucky Derby is run amid
fanfare and frenzy at Churchill
It is the frenzy that worries
trainer Billy Turner.
"MY ONLY concern is how
lie acts in the paddock, some-
thing you always hear about.
And, of course, the gate is a
concern," Turner said Friday
morning after sharpening his
heavy favorite with a three-
eighths of a mile blowout in 34
''Those two things can beat
When Derby horses leave the
stable area Saturday they will
enter a world of noise and hu-
man movement that can be un-
nerving. Seattle Slew has twice
been schooled in the paddock
during afternoons this week,
but there is no real way a
By The Associated Press
Vitale moves up
DETROIT - Dick Vitale, the colorful basketball coach of the
University of Detroit basketball team, was named the school's
athletic director yesterday.
Vitale led the Titans into the NCAA tournament last sea-
son and has actively sought the directorship.
lie reportedly was to sign a four-year contract for $35,000 the
first year, $37,500 the second year, $40,000 the third year and
$42,500 the final year.
Vitale came to Detroit in 1973 from Rutgers, where he had
been an assistant coach. Since then, the Titans have had seasons
of 17-9, 17-9, 19-8 and 25-4.
In the NCAA playoffs, Detroit beat Middle Tennessee be-
fore losing to Michigan.
Bucks on display
COLUMBUS - Ohio State's Orange Bowl champions, under-
going player and coaching revamping, wind up their spring foot-
ball drills today with a public scrimmage in Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes have been rebuilt by Coach Woody Hayes, em-
barking on his 27th season with the defending Big Ten Conference
cochampions with Michigan.
Ohio State lost three offensive and three defensive regu-
lars from its 8-2-1 squad last fall.
To fill those voids, Hayes has switched a handful of key play-
ers to new positions.
Gone are tackle Lou Pietrini, offensive guard Bill Lukens and
Pete Johnson on offense and All-American end Bob Brudzinski,
tackle Nick Buonamidi and linebacker Ed Thompson from the
So Hayes has moved regular center Mark Lang to Lukens'
spot, many-positioned Tim Vogler to center, Paul Ross from
linebacker to defensive end and Ken Fritz from defensive
tackle to offensive guard.
Three regulars, tight end Jimmy Moore, offensive tackle Doug
Mackie and safety Ray Griffin, will miss the spring game because
of offseason knee operations.
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trainer can prepare his horse
for the crowd conditions on
Turner said that as a 2-year-
old, Seattle Slew had some
problems in the gate. 'He
would get overanxious to run,"
he said. "You can't be over-
anxious in the Derby. You got
to be relaxed."
But Turner felt Seattle Slew
was almost too relaxed before
the Wood Memorial, a race he
won by 3 lengths, adding:
"Seattle Slew is acting closer to
the way he was before the Fla-
IN THAT RACE the son of
Bold Reasoning opened up a 10-
lenth lead and coasted home
LOUISv1LLE, Ky. (AP) - The
field for Saturday's $125,000-added
Kentucky nerby, 1 1-4 miles, at
horse, Jockey Prob. Odds
1. Sandherin, Velasquez 20-1
2. f-Sir Sir. Rodriguez 30-1
3. a-sBob'snusty, Espinosa 5-1
4. Seattle Slew, Cruguet 1-2
5. Get The Axe, Shoemaker 20-1
S. Flat Officer, Ahrens 30-1
7. Affiliate, Pinray 15-
s. a-Run RstyRn, Mcnargue 5-1
9. Western Wind, Turcotte 20-1
10. For the Mmnt, Corerd8e -
11. Steve's Friend, Heenandez 20-1
12. f-Best Person, Patterson 30-1
13. GIboolee, Fell 20-1
14f-Papelote, Rivera 30-1
15. Nostalgia, Snyder 20-1
"He's like a machine," said
exercise rider Mike Kennedy
after Seattle Slew moved a
quarter of a mile in 22 sec-
onds and the final eighth in 12.
One who might find it diffi-
cult to relax is jockey Jean
Cruguet, Although the French-
man has ridden Seattle Slew
to all of his victories, he has
been criticized by some trainers
and in the media.
"I guarantee the jockey who's
going to feel pressure is Cru-
guet," said Laz Barrera, train-
er of Affiliate. "But the jockey
on the favorite always has the
Turner is not expecting a
one-horse race and he talked
about some of Seattle Slew's 14
"I WAS VERY impressed with
For the Moment in the Blue
Grass and 1e looks good," said
Turner. "Affiliate appears well,
and Steve's Friend certainly
made an impression in winning
the Hollywood Derby. And there
are a couple of others who also
could run well."
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