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By RODNEY PAGE and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 2000


Slain jockey Antley eulogized

Chris Antley's compassion toward people and horses was remembered at a memorial service Tuesday by family and friends, who also acknowledged the jockey's emotional problems.

Trainers Bob Baffert and Vladimir Cerin and jockeys Gary Stevens and Patrick Valenzuela were among those attending the service two blocks from Santa Anita racetrack, where Antley starred during his riding career.

"He had a heart of gold," said Bob Baffert, who trained Squall City, the last winner Antley rode, in March at Santa Anita.

Antley, 34, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, was found dead at his Pasadena, Calif., home Saturday night. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

An autopsy confirmed that Antley sustained head injuries, but it failed to determine a cause of death. Results of toxicology and other tests will take 6-8 weeks. Antley battled drug, alcohol and weight problems during his riding career.

A photo of a Antley wearing his jockey's helmet and green and white silks was placed at the front of the church. Close by was a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of red carnations with a white satin ribbon reading, "Our beloved Antman."

AUTOS: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. named Joseph F. Heitzler president and chief executive, replacing interim president Bobby Rahal. Heitzler, 56, was signed to a multiyear contract to serve as head of the sanctioning body for open-wheel racing.

BOXING: Felix Trinidad's 12th-round technical knockout of Fernando Vargas in their junior middleweight title showdown was the second-biggest pay-per-view fight of the year. The 520,000 buys for the match carried by TVKO was second to the 588,000 for Shane Mosley's welterweight title victory over Oscar De La Hoya on June 17. Commenting on his first pro loss, Vargas said he would prefer to train for a rematch rather than face a different fighter. ... Thailand's Weeraphol Nakhonluang retained his WBC bantamweight title, stopping Oscar Arciniega of Mexico in the fifth round at Bangkok, Thailand. Weeraphol raised his record to 28-1.

COLLEGES: Florida placed four players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Southeast Region women's team. Junior defender Keisha Bell and junior forward Abby Wambach were on the first team. Sophomore defender Danielle Murphy was named to the second team, and junior forward Andi Sellers was on the third team.

HORSES: Owners Eric and Greg Fral won four races at Philadelphia Park, with three winners trained by Scott Lake and Roberto Alvarado. Lake and Alvarado won with Shore Drive Place ($4) in the fourth race, Threepointer ($3.40) in the eighth, and Whatasweetheart ($5.20) in the ninth. The Frals' other winner was Kim's Testimony ($4.80).

OLYMPICS: Los Angeles is trying to become the U.S. candidate to host the 2012 Summer Games, which would make it the first city awarded the event three times. The Los Angeles 2012 Bid Committee said the area has most of the facilities and estimated revenue at $2-billion. Central Florida, with an effort based in the Tampa Bay area, also is trying for the 2012 Games.

SKIING: Two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street returns to World Cup competition today in the super-giant slalom in Val D'Isere, France, after missing the past two seasons with injuries. ... Canada's Mike Giannelli won a Super Series super-G in Beaver Creek, Colo., beating Australia's AJ Bear by 0.89 seconds in 1 minute, 23.25 seconds. Bryon Friedman of Park City, Utah, was third in 1:24.24.

SOCCER: The Mutiny has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference today to announce the hiring of its fourth coach in six years. The front-runner appears to be former New York/New Jersey coach Alfonso Mondelo, coach of MLS' Project-40 team. Pat Ercoli, coach of the two-time A-League champion Rochester Rhinos, also is among the three finalists. Under-17 national team coach John Ellinger is the other. ... Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, will host the World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico on Feb. 28. The U.S. Soccer Federation said the match will be the first of 10 for the United States and the first of five home games in the final regional round.

SWIMMING: Olympic champions Grant Hackett and Michael Klim won the World Cup short course series in Melbourne, Australia. Hackett won the 400 freestyle in the fastest time this season, 3 minutes, 42.49 seconds, to beat Olivier Saminadin of France and fellow Australian Grant McGregor. Klim won the 100 freestyle in 47.98 seconds. U.S. Olympian Jason Lezak was second, and Australia's Adam Pine was third. In the women's 100 breaststroke, Luo Xuejuan of China set a World Cup short-course record of 1:06.18.

TENNIS: Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has separated from his wife, Barbara, who wants to resume her acting career. Married in 1993, they have a 6-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.

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