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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

Tracks, racing group at odds

More than 20 racetracks want to sever ties with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association because of concerns about the organization's relationship with the wagering network TVG.

The 22 tracks include seven owned by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment, including Gulfstream in Florida and Santa Anita in California.

The tracks say the new network threatens to compete with their betting networks.

The announcement comes as the NTRA finalizes its merger with the Lexington-based Breeders' Cup. It also comes eight days before the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, and could limit where Breeders' Cups are held.

MORE HORSES: Illiquidity raced to a 31/2-length victory in the $113,600 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland, Ky. The win was worth $70,432 and raised Illiquidity's earnings to $311,080. ... Charge d'Affaires won the $100,000 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct for the second straight year. The 5-year-old, ridden by Jose Santos, earned $60,000. Atelier scored a 7-length victory in the $113,200 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, earning $67,920. ... Gallo Blue Chip closed in on Horse of the Year by winning the $400,000 Breeders Crown, his 16th win in 24 starts. Also at Campbellville, Ontario, Trevor Ritchie became the first driver to win three Breeders Crown races in one night since John Campbell in 1991. Ritchie matched the mark with Aviano in the $400,000 3-year-old filly trot, Banker Hall in the $468,500 2-year-old colt trot and Syrinx Hanover in the $501,700 2-year-old filly trot. ... Kiss A Native won the $250,000 Grade II Pegasus Handicap at the Meadowlands, boosting his earnings to $736,940. ... Florida-bred Whata Brainstorm beat Muntej to win the $200,000 Calder Derby in Miami.

BOXING: Super-lightweight contender Diobelys Hurtado knocked out Fray Luis Sierra 1 minute, 50 seconds into a scheduled 10-round bout in Miami. Hurtado is ranked second by the WBA and third by the WBC. "This has to help my chances at fighting for a world title," Hurtado (32-2-1, 21 KOs) said.

TENNIS: The women's final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow pits No. 1 Martina Hingis against doubles partner Anna Kournikova, who is seeking her first WTA title. U.S. Open winner Marat Safin frittered away an early lead and lost to David Prinosil in the men's semifinals. Prinosil faces defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov in today's final. ... Roger Federer saved a match point and beat Lleyton Hewitt to advance to today's final of the $1-million Swiss Indoors against Thomas Enqvist, who routed Tim Henman. ... Miriam Oremans plays Daniela Bedanova in today's final of the Eurotel Slovak Indoor tournament in Bratislava after routing Denisa Chladova. Bedanova beat hometown favorite Karina Habsudova.

COLLEGES: Nathan Overholser and Jeremy Wurtzman paced the Florida men's tennis team to eight wins in 12 matches against South Florida in the Gator Invitational. Miami beat Auburn in eight of 10 matches. UF swept all four doubles matches. ... The Florida women's tennis team concluded play at the Hurricane Classic, with Annika Bengtsson and Julia Scaringe losing semifinal matches. FSU's Alida Gallovits defeated Scaringe and faces FAU's Kristen Jordan in today's final. UF's Stephanie Hazlett and Scaringe lost in the final to FIU's Marina Faustellini and Anneliesse Rose. Miami's Katia Bogomolova faces teammate Lauren Scaglione of Seminole in the flight B singles final today. The Hurricanes' Igna de Villiers takes on teammate Abby Smith in the flight C singles final. The South Florida volleyball team defeated visiting Jacksonville 15-8, 15-10, 15-3. Melanie Mueller had a career high-five service aces. The Florida State men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their first home meets. The women defeated North Florida 123-88; the men defeated Georgia Tech 136-105. ... Andree Bitterer's two goals helped the Eckerd soccer team defeat visiting Florida Tech 3-1. Said Ouchakou scored the other Triton goal. ... Emily King's 16 kills and 20 digs helped the Eckerd volleyball team beat Saint Leo in five games.

CYCLING: France's sprint team, unbeaten since 1996 in the Olympics and worlds, beat Britain in the World Championships at Manchester, England.

FIGURE SKATING: Russia's Alexei Yagudin won the men's short program in Skate America 2000 in Colorado Springs. American Timothy Goebel was second. Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy held the ice dance lead. Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada finished first in the pairs free skate. Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China were second. Americans Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman were fourth.

PREPS: Joshua Miller, a Barberton, Ohio, football player, collapsed on the sideline during a game Friday night and died. Miller, 15, a linebacker, had just participated in a punt return.

PARALYMPICS: The U.S. men's sitting volleyball team finished its competition in 12th place with a loss to Australia. Bradley Johnson of Tampa led the U.S. team with 10 attacks and six blocks. Iran won the gold. U.S. powerlifter Pernell Cooper defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Kim Brownfield and 11 others to win the gold in the 100-plus kilogram division. The U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team won the bronze. The U.S. swim team finished with 39 medals.

SAILING: Petite semifinals of the Colorcraft Gold Cup were sailed in heavy winds in Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. Murray Jones defeated Peter Holmbeg and Peter Gilmour defeated Magnus Holmberg. Former America's Cup skipper Ed Baird of St. Petersburg is scheduled to meet Russell Coutts in the semifinals today.

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