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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

Lemon Drop Kid takes Woodward

Lemon Drop Kid prevailed by a head over Behrens to win the $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday for his fourth straight victory in one of the closest editions of the Grade I stakes race.

After the gates flew open, the lead changed three times in the first 440 yards, with Ecton Park, then Skimming, then Behrens gunning to the front. And after a half-mile, they were five-across, with Lemon Drop Kid on the far outside, just a couple of heads off the lead.

On the far turn, Ecton Park began to drop back and the race was left to Behrens, still clinging to the lead; Skimming and Lemon Drop Kid. Edgar Prado sent Lemon Drop Kid three-wide past Skimming and managed to wrest a narrow lead from Behrens as they straightened for home.

Behrens, under Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, came back but missed by a head at the wire.

Lemon Drop Kid, coming off victories in the Brooklyn, Suburban and Whitney handicaps, was timed in 1 minute, 50.53 seconds for 9 furlongs and returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Behrens paid $2.90 and $2.10. Gander, a 40-1 shot who had dropped back on the turn, finished three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $2.10.

MORE HORSES: Shane Sellers put Captain Steve on the lead going into the stretch and held off Golden Missile to win the $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park in Florence. It was the third win in four races for Captain Steve, the only 3-year-old in the six-horse field. Captain Steve finished three-quarters of a length ahead of the 7-5 favorite, Golden Missile. The winning time was 1:49 4/5 for the 11/8 miles, more than three seconds off Hansel's track record for the distance. Captain Steve paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.20. Golden Missile returned $3.20 and $2.80. Early Pioneer was $3 to show.

BOWLING: Parker Bohn III started his fourth round with a 300 game and went on to capture the top spot in the championship round of the Japan Cup. Bohn went 6-2 in match play and finished with 24-8 record and a pinfall of 8,215. He had a 234 average for 32 games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bob Knight's lawyer is questioning a contract provision that places restrictions on where the former Indiana coach can work. "We're going to negotiate that or we are going to litigate," Russell Yates said. Knight's contract states he will forfeit deferred pay if he joins a Division I program in Indiana or Kentucky or any Big Ten school. Yates said it restricts Knight for four years, not eight as the university says. ... Dommanic Ingerson, ranked among the nation's top 30 high school players by three different publications, has orally committed to Michigan. The 6-foot-3 senior guard averaged 20.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Santa Barbara (Calif.) High.

PRO FOOTBALL: Deidra Lane, already charged with murdering NFL running back husband Fred Lane, was arrested on bank larceny charges. She had been free on bail, but is now being held in the Mecklenburg (N.C.) County Jail as a federal prisoner, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph said. Pendergraph said she was arrested Friday. ... The Demons of the XFL will play in San Francisco's Pacific Bell Park, not San Jose, in February. The team was to have played at San Jose State's 28,000-seat Spartan Stadium. Pacific Bell Park has a capacity of 40,000.

SAILING: The Bruce Neubauer Optimist Regatta for junior sailors was canceled because of Hurricane Gordon. Race official George Pennington of the host Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club said the regatta will be rescheduled for winter or spring 2001.

TENNIS: U.S. Open champion Marat Safin breezed past George Bastl 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals of the President's Cup at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Davide Sanguinetti defeated Julien Boutter 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4). ... Markus Hantschk upset eighth-seeded Alex Calatrava 6-4, 6-1 in Gelsor Open at Bucharest, Romania. Juan Balcells ousted Marc-Kevin Goellner 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

COLLEGES: Sophomore middle hitter Tina Florea had 17 kills to lead host Saint Leo to a 15-6, 15-8, 15-11 volleyball win over Bentley (Mass.) College. ... Florida State defeated FAMU 15-5, 15-6, 15-1 as Kristin Frye had 12 kills and Jamie Hubbard had 33 assists. ... South Florida's women won the Crimson Classic at Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Florida State was second in the 34-team cross-country field.

BOXING: Sharmba Mitchell dominated Felix Flores to retain his WBA super-welterweight title despite being knocked down for the first time in six years. Mitchell won a unanimous decision in Las Vegas to raise his record to 47-2 in his fifth defense. Flores is 15-2.

SOCCER: Miklos Molnar scored in the 18th minute as Kansas City opened its MLS quarterfinal series with a 1-0 victory over Colorado. The Wizards earned three points in the series, which resumes Wednesday at Colorado. The team that earns five points advances.

OBITUARY: Football player Christopher Benniefield, 16, of Omaha (Neb.) North High died after collapsing during a game. He was not breathing when he was taken to a hospital and died on Friday, University Hospital officials said. The cause of death was not known.

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