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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 1, 2000


Tiznow sets Super record

Tiznow broke the Louisiana Downs track and stakes record Saturday to win the $500,000 Super Derby in Bossier City.

Belmont Stakes winner Commendable was ridden by Pat Day and was second. Mass Market finished third.

Tiznow, which jockey Chris McCarron said was "the best 3-year-old in the country right now," raced the 11/4 miles in 1:59.84. The track and stakes record of 2:00.1 was shared by Gate Dancer in 1984 and Mecke in 1995.

MORE HORSES: Gino's Spirits won Belmont Park's $111,200 Noble Damsel Handicap. La Ville Rouge, part of the favored entry with Storm Dream, finished second; Solar Bound was third. ... Currency Arbitrage, one of the outsiders in a 12-horse field, drove to a 1-length victory in the $86,250 Ashley T. Cole Handicap at Belmont. Pebo's Guy was second and Doctor Cat third. ... Gino's Spirits won Belmont Park's $111,200 Noble Damsel Handicap. La Ville Rougefinished second; Solar Bound was third. Long shot Tour The Hive romped to a 71/2-length victory in the $50,000 Needles Stakes for 3-year-olds at Calder Race Course in Miami. General Grant, a 13-1 shot, edged Golden Concorde for second. Retired trainer James "Jim" Hughes, once a regular at Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track in Hot Springs, Ark., and a prominent horseman, died at 66. Hughes died Thursday from congestive heart failure in San Antonio, Texas.

AUTO RALLY: Francois Delecour edged Peugeot teammate Gilles Panizzi with a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 16.8 seconds during the second day of the Tour of Corsica. Two-time world champion Carlos Sainz came in third at 25.9 seconds off the pace. Colin McRae was in fourth place when he crashed and suffered injuries that forced him out of the race at Ajaccio. ... A Lada car drove into the crowd and injured 15 spectators in Cieszyn, Poland.

BASKETBALL: The Heat will increase its support of minorities and pay $60,000 to Miami-Dade County after settling a dispute over whether the team broke affirmative action rules when building the American Airlines Arena. ... Vern Fleming, who played 11 seasons with the Pacers, joined the team as an assistant coach. Team president Donnie Walsh said he told coach Isiah Thomas that Fleming "would be good for our situation, and it was done." Fleming, 39, was the Pacers' first-round draft pick in 1984.

COLLEGES: For the 12th time in the event's 13 years, the Florida women's cross-country team won the Gator Invitational. Florida Southern was second and Miami was third in the nine-team event. The men's team finished first overall for the 10th time; Bethune Cookman was second. Chris Duncan's time of 24:42.29 set a personal record and was the third lowest by a Florida runner on the University Golf Course. He won his third event in three tries. Senior Shannon Sarabyn won for the fourth consecutive time to lead the Miami women. Sarabyn is the first runner in UM history to win four consecutive individual titles. Florida's Hillary White took second and was the top Florida finisher for the third time, followed by Erin Merten. ... Florida State's Alida Gallovits, Christina Denny and Jessica Balbuena won two singles matches each and play for flight championships today in the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee. Gallovits defeated UF's Edit Pakay and Julia Scaringe and faces top-seeded Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida in the final. Denny, a freshman, defeated Tamara Kaftalovich of Jacksonville and Auburn's Carolina Maurer. She faces teammate Balbuena in the final. Balbuena defeated Miami's Sara Robbins and Florida International's Marina Faustinelli. In doubles, Gallovits and Balbuena defeated Tina Harrison and Natalie Schwartz of South Florida 9-8 but fell to UF's Pakay and Lindsey Dawaf. Marina Raic and Denny defeated Anneliesse Rose and Marina Faustinelli of FIU but fell to UF's top-seeded Jessica Lehnhoff and Julia Scaringe.

TENNIS: Magdalena Maleeva defeated Anna Kournikova 6-2, 6-4 to reach today's final of the WTA SEAT Open in Luxembourg against Jennifer Capriati, who beat Barbara Rittner 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. ... Oliver Rochus beat older brother Cristophe 7-5, 6-4 to reach his first tour final in the $375,000 ATP tournament in Palermo, Sicily. Diego Nargiso defeated Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 6-4. ... Monica Seles rallied to beat Serena Williams 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-1) in an exhibition in Hong Kong between players who won bronze and golf medals, respectively, at the Sydney Olympics.

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