BOATING—RABBIT, one of the smallest sloops in the Storm Trysail race, popped out of the hat to surprise a 121-boat fleet and win the 200-mile event between Larchmont and Block Island. It was the first win for Owner Dick Carter, as well as the first victory for Bill Tripp's new fiber-glass design. The field was the largest ever in the traditional shakedown event on Long Island Sound that precedes the Newport-to-Bermuda race.
GOLF—CLIFFORD ANN CREED, 23, a 100-pound Alexandria, La. schoolteacher who is turning out to be a lightweight lady Arnold Palmer, won the southern women's amateur title in Richmond, Va., her eighth tournament victory of the season. Miss Creed won the first four holes of her finals match and never trailed her opponent. Marge Burns, 36, of Greensboro, N.C. With a tired Miss Burns hitting into traps on six of the last nine morning holes, Miss Creed marched to a strong 6-and-5 win. Five years ago she also defeated Miss Burns in the finals of the same tournament.
Billy Casper stroked a seven-under-par 64 on the last round of the $50,000 "500" Festival at the Indianapolis Speedway course to win by one stroke over Jerry Steelsmith and George Bayer. Casper made seven birdies on the last day of the tournament, which was hampered by cloudbursts and the threat of tornadoes, and saw one of the lowest nine holes ever shot on the pro tour, a 29 by Bill Goetz.
Ruth Jessen of Seattle won a sudden-death playoff to take the $10,000 Dallas Women's Civitan Open. She parred the second extra hole as Mary Lena Faulk first missed a birdie putt and then ended up with a bogey.
June 3, 1962
HARNESS RACING—HENRY T. ADIOS stepped along superbly for Stanley Dancer, who drove the 1961 Little Brown Jug winner to a new world record for the mile in the $121,500 Harness Tracks of America Pace in Detroit. The 4-year-old, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Derrico of New York, finished in 1:58⅕ which was [1/5] of a second better than Bye Bye Byrd's mark set in 1959. Mighty Tide, who has been close to or ahead of the winner several times this season, came in second.
HORSE RACING—CADIZ ($26.80), a 6-year-old New Zealand colt bought for $16,000 less than a year ago by an Oakland, Calif, jeweler, pushed through favorites Prove It and Olden Times to capture the $116,200 Californian Handicap at Hollywood Park. Under Willie Harmatz, who has been most successful in big stakes races during the spring meeting, Cadiz, a 12-to-1 shot, moved up fast from the middle of the pack at the half-mile pole and put on a powerful drive through the stretch. The win earned considerable respect for the newcomer, who has won three previous times on American tracks. Rex Ellsworth's Prove It was a length and a halfback and entry-mate Olden Times finished third in the mile-and-one-sixteenth event.
Pepper Patch ($36.30), an even longer shot at 17 to 1, surprised a fairly strong field in the $57,000 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. The 5-year-old, who caught Owner Nicholas Martini's eye as a $5,200 yearling bargain at Saratoga, finished almost a length ahead of C. V. Whitney's Counter Call. The favorite. Seven Thirty, finished an indifferent sixth. Don Pierce, a California jockey new to New York tracks, rode the winner, his third of the day.
Cyprian Cat ($3.90) nipped across the line to win the first Saturday feature race at the new, $5.5 million Finger Lakes track in Canandaigua, N.Y. With Charles McKee up, the 6-year-old covered a mile and 70 yards in 1:48 4/5 on a fast track and survived a foul claim to win the $7,500 Canandaigua Purse. The first four days of operation drew 24,000 upstate bettors, many of them quite unacquainted with the mechanics of pari-mutuel procedure. The winner of the second race on Saturday gave them a hint and a warning—Itching Palm.
MOTOR SPORTS—PHIL HILL, Californian who was the 1961 winner of the world driving championship, teamed with Co-driver Olivier Gendebien of Belgium to win the 1,000-km. sports car race at N√ºrburgring, Germany. They averaged 82.3 mph over the winding Eifel mountain track in a Ferrari, giving the Italian stable a third win and a sweep of the races so far that count toward the world cup for sports cars. Willy Mairesse of Belgium and Michael Parks of England were second, also in a Ferrari.
Nelson Stacy of Daytona Beach, Fla. took the lead in the last seven laps of the 600-mile $110,000 stock car race in Charlotte, N.C. and won after Defending Champion David Pearson had his car break down just when victory seemed certain. Stacy, a burly 40-year-old who used to drive a tank in the Army, averaged 125.559 mph for the 400 laps and took home $24,800 in prize money. Veteran Joe Weatherly of Norfolk, Va. finished second, less than a minute out of the money.
ROWING—UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON finished its regular season with a half-length sprint victory over the University of British Columbia—the third week in a row UBC crossed the finish line in the wake of the Huskies' shell. The winning time for the 2,000-meter course over Lake Washington was a respectable 6:12.8. Washington, the only undefeated major crew in the country, thus became a western favorite to win the IRA championship regatta in Syracuse later this month.
Pennsylvania emerged as a surprising eastern candidate for the three-mile IRA with an upset boat-nose win over Cornell. Fighting off a strong Cornell challenge right down to the finish of a two-mile race over choppy Cayuga Lake, Penn won the Crawford Madeira Cup for the fourth straight year.
Washington-Lee H.S., Arlington, Va., rowed to its sixth straight national schoolboy title, sweeping the one-mile course on the Schuylkill River in 5:02.5, four seconds ahead of St. Joseph's of Buffalo, with Culver (Ind.) Military Academy third.
TRACK & FIELD—OREGON'S KEITH FORMAN became the fifth American to run a mile under four minutes, and literally a second later U.S. Marine Lieutenant Cary Weisiger joined him in that privileged class as they finished first and second at the California Relays in Modesto. Forman, a slender, 21-year-old junior from Portland who has been overshadowed all season by his teammate, Dyrol Burleson, broke through on his own this time with a blazing last lap of 56.7 to hit the tape in 3:58.3. Weisiger finished behind him in 3:59.3. Favored Jim Grelle dropped out on the last lap after his pacesetter, Laszlo Tabori, was unable to keep up with Forman. Burleson did not compete. The pole vault proved a disappointment when John Uelses sprained his left ankle after a miss at 16 feet, and Ron Morris and Dave Tork couldn't make it over 15 feet 6 inches. Uelses may be out of competition for two weeks. Oregon pulled off one of its typical relay displays with a mixed medley of runners: Hurdlers Mel Renfro, Mike Gaechter, Jerry Tarr and Sprinter Harry Jerome. They equaled the world record for 440 yards (around two turns) in 40 seconds. Then, gathering another group from its seemingly inexhaustible supply of runners (Ted Abrams, Burleson, Sig Ohlemann and Archie San Romani Jr.), Oregon took the two-mile relay in 7:20.2, breaking the collegiate mark of 7:20.9. A Santa Clara Valley Youth Village team of Jack Yerman, Keith Thomassen, Bobby Poynter and Jerry Siebert sped through the sprint medley relay in 3:15.5 for a new American record. Top individual performance included that of Ralph Boston, who made his first good jump of the season, 26 feet, and Hayes Jones who won the high hurdles in 13.5, equaling his best time. Unpredictable Joe Faust of Mount San Antonio College cleared the high jump with a leap of 7 feet I inch, Toronto's chugging Bruce Kidd whisked through two miles in an excellent 8:41.9, and Jerome came back to upset Bob Hayes of Florida A&M in the 100-yard dash, winning in 9.3.
Villanova had an easy time on their home course, outpointing 44 other colleges to win their fifth IC4A trophy in six years. Led, by Frank Budd, who won his dash specialties in unexciting times, the Wildcats scored 24 points more than second-place Yale.
University Of Southern California fielded a physically subpar team in the AAWU meet in Los Angeles, but managed to limp home ahead of UCLA by 5½ points, with Rex Cawley setting two meet records and anchoring the winning mile relay team.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: BARRY MacKAY, 26, powerful former Davis Cup player now touring the professional circuit, and Joanne Lynch, 23, pretty Sydney model whom MacKay met in 1957 on his first trip to Australia, after a proposal last month by transpacific telephone, in Sydney.
DIED: FORREST B. (Frosty) COX, 53, ebullient basketball coach who was fired by Montana State University this spring after balking at MSU's deemphasis program, in Missoula, Mont. For 25 years he was a fixture of mountain-area basketball, going to MSU after 14 years at Colorado.
BARRED: O'DELL PRESTON and BILL JOHNSON, Southwest Conference basketball officials, from handling future conference games pending the final outcome of hearings by a Texas House committee investigating alleged tie-ups between gamblers and basketball referees.
ADOPTED: A hotly argued resolution that bars soccer players from competing for any country but their own, 25-21, by the International Federation of Football Associations. The new rule, which will not affect this month's world championships in Santiago, Chile, is designed to stop the increasing sales of high priced stars.