Triple dead heat recorded at Belmont
For the first time in 47 years, a triple dead heat was recorded at a New York racetrack, when three horses finished tied for first place yesterday in the ninth race at Belmont Park.
It happened at the end of an otherwise undistinguished $13,000 claiming race, the final event on the day's program, when three of the 10 horses hit the finish line together after running six furlongs.
The official photograph showed all three noses touching the line, so a triple dead heat was declared among these horses: Scorecard Harry, an 11-1 shot ridden by Herb McCauley; Space Appeal, at 6-1, ridden by Zoltan Varga; and Cafe Lex, at 3-1, with Chris Antley aboard. They were two lengths in front of the next horse, Give a Buck, who officially ran fourth.
It was the first triple dead heat in New York since the Carter Handicap in 1944, and only the 19th in North America in the last half-century.
Arthur Ashe, the first black man to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, has endorsed the return of international tennis to South Africa.
"It looks like a good thing," Ashe said yesterday of the decision to hold next month's Association of Tennis Professionals world doubles championships in Johannesburg.
"The ANC [African National Congress] says OK. I say terrific. I say yes," he said.
The Arbutus Big Red (3-4) defeated the Baltimore Bears (5-2), 15-10, in a Mason Dixon league game Saturday at Cardinal Gibbons High. Ron Turner's 44-yard interception return for a touchdown was the winning score.