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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000


Big names missing from $1-million Travers

Trainer Scotty Schulhofer today will try to do with a Belmont Stakes also-ran what he did last year with Belmont champion Lemon Drop Kid: win the $1-million Travers at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

"He's a late developer, a May foal," Schulhofer said of Postponed, winner of the Peter Pan at Belmont Park but seventh in the Belmont Stakes and fourth in the Jim Dandy. That's what he said about Lemon Drop Kid, who won the 11/2-mile Belmont Stakes and 11/4-mile Travers.

Postponed, owned by Jeanne Vance, owner of Lemon Drop Kid, was the 8-1 co-fifth choice with Dwyer winner Albert the Great. Haskell Invitational winner Dixie Union was a 5-2 pick over 3-1 Milwaukee Brew and 7-2 Unshaded. Fourth choice at 6-1 was Curule. In at 12-1 were Commendable and Impeachment. Country Coast was 30-1.

Jim Dandy winner Graeme Hall and Preakness winner Red Bullet will not be in the Travers. Also missing will be Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who has not raced since finishing second in the Preakness.

Also to be contested today is the 7-furlong King's Bishop. The $200,000 race drew six 3-year-olds.

MORE HORSES: Beautiful Pleasure won the 53rd running of the Grade I, $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap for fillies and mares 3 and older at Saratoga Springs. Heritage of Gold was second and Pentatonic was third. ... Jacqueline Ingrassia today will try to become the first female driver to win the Yonkers Trot, taking Goalfish from the five hole in the nine-horse race, in the second round of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old trotters. Missing will be Yankee Paco, who won the first round but is in today's American National at Belmoral in Crete, Ill.

TENNIS: Monica Seles and Wimbledon champ Venus Williams meet today in the final of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn. Seles advanced to her fifth final of the year, beating Nathalie Tauziat 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Williams, who has won three straight tournaments, defeated Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 6-4. Martina Navratilova and Katarina Srebotnik were ousted in straight sets in the semifinals by second-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama. ... Thomas Enqvist and Magnus Norman reached the semifinals of the Hamlet Cup in Commack, N.Y. Enqvist beat Fabrice Santoro 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and Norman defeated Younes El Aynaoui 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Richard Krajicek advanced to the semifinal against Norman when Carlos Moya withdrew because of tendinitis in his right big toe. Enqvist plays Arnaud Clement, who beat Michael Chang 6-3, 6-2.

ENDURANCE TEST: Jim Dreyer biked 112 miles to Niagara-on-the-Lake, N.Y., in his ultra-triathlon, according to his Web site at swimjimswim.org. To raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Dreyer, 37, also planned to run 26.2 miles along the beach at Long Point, Ontario; swim across Lake Ontario to Toronto; then swim back to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a total of 63.2 swimming miles.

BOXING: Fabrice Tiozzo will defend his WBA cruiserweight title Sept. 16 against Virgil Hill, who beat Tiozzo in a 12-round decision in 1993, Tiozzo's only defeat in 43 fights. The fight will be one of three title bouts, including a defense by WBA middleweight champion William Joppy against No. 4 contender Hacine Cherifi and WBA super-featherweight champion Joel Casamayor against Radford Beasley in a matchup of undefeated fighters.

COLLEGES: Stanford signed men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, 53, to a three-year extension through the 2005 season. In 15 years, Montgomery's teams have made eight NCAA Tournament and four NIT appearances, including a 1991 NIT championship. ... North Carolina State named vice chancellor Charles G. Moreland interim athletics director until a replacement is found for Les Robinson, who is taking the same job at The Citadel. ... Chris Peterson, 48, associate athletic director at Creighton, was chosen athletic director at Arkansas-Little Rock, replacing Rick Mello, who resigned to become athletic director at Florida International.

SOCCER: Goalkeeper Kasey Keller and Jovan Kirovski, a midfielder and forward, will return to the United States for the Americans' World Cup qualifier against Guatemala. Coach Bruce Arena picked 20 players and will cut two before the Sept. 3 game. The United States (1-1-1) is second in its group, behind Costa Rica (2-1). The top two teams advance to next year's six-nation regional finals. ... Galatasaray followed its European Cup title by beating Champions Cup winner Real Madrid 2-1 in the Super Cup behind two goals by Jardel. ... Portuguese defender Abel Xavier remains suspended from international play until the Court of Arbitration for Sports hears his appeal against a nine-month UEFA ban for grabbing a referee during the European Championships. Xavier will miss Portugal's first three World Cup qualifying games.

SOFTBALL: Steph Klaviter pitched the first perfect game in a WPSL title series, as the Florida Wahoos beat the Ohio Pride 3-0 in Springfield, Mo. Klaviter, the league's pitcher of the year, had four strikeouts. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is at 6 tonight.

BASEBALL: Ken Squires, vice president of Baseball Canada, apologized for not rescheduling a game that lasted until nearly 3 a.m. at a national pee wee tournament in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Because of rain, Thursday's game between teams from Prince Edward Island and Alberta didn't begin until just after 11 p.m. Shortly before 1 a.m., the lights went out, forcing another delay. The Alberta team won 15-12.

OBITUARIES: Bill Sudeck, basketball coach for 37 years at Case Western Reserve University and a predecessor institution, died of cancer. He was 74. Sudeck had an overall record of 329-482. He was 280-394 in 29 years at Case Western Reserve and 49-88 in eight years at Case Institute of Technology. ... Philip J. Burke, a longtime sports public relations executive with Columbia University, the New York Rangers and the old Roosevelt Raceway died of complications from brain tumor surgeries. He was 65.

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