YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Village Connection was shipped in from Canada, and the trip to Yonkers Raceway certainly proved worthwhile.
The 3-year-old bay colt by Cam Fella, owned by Wellwood Stables, Inc., of Cambridge, Ontario, went wire-to-wire in 1:54 1-5 Saturday night to win the first elimination for the $328,250 Art Rooney Pace.
A tired David’s Pass, already the winner of the Messenger Stakes, the opening leg of the Triple Crown for pacers, hung on to claim the fourth and final spot in the elimination for next Saturday night’s eight-horse final.
The victory was Village Connection’s fifth in 11 starts this year. Mattalac was second in the elimination, while Dr. Delegator was third.
Dontgetinmyway overtook V P Finance just prior to the three-quarter pole and went on to a two-length triumph over Highly Visible in 1:55 2-5 in the second elimination.
V P Finance settled for third and Pan on the Run took the fourth spot for the final in the race named for the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
TAKASE, Japan (AP) _ Fuki Kido shot the day’s best score, a 4-under-par 68, for a one-shot victory Sunday in the storm-shortened Katokichi Queen’s tournament.
Kido, starting the final round four strokes behind leader Jennifer Sevil of Australia, began with two birdies and added two more later. She finished 36 holes at 3-under-par 141.
It was the 33-year-old Kido’s first victory in two years and the third in her 10-year pro career.
Sevil, seeking her third victory on the Japan LPGA tour, slipped to a 73 with two birdies and three bogeys and shared second place at 142 with Japan’s Yoko Inoue and Junko Yasui. Inoue shot 70 and Yasui 72 Sunday.
Kido collected $76,000 from a purse of $562,000.
A thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the second round Saturday, and and tournament was shortened from 54 to 36 holes.
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) _ Triple jumper Jonathan Edwards’ amazing form continued in the leadup to next month’s world championships when he cleared 59 feet, 4 inches Sunday, the fourth time he gone beyond 59 feet this year.
But Edwards held his head in his hands when the leap was disallowed because of the wind was above the legal limit of 2 meters per second.
The Briton broke the 10-year-old world record by nearly a half-inch with a leap of 59 feet at Salamanca, Spain, last Tuesday. He had threatened Willie Banks’ mark for several weeks with three other 59-foot-plus laps, but all were wind-assisted.
World and Olympic 100-meter champion Linford Christie beat the fastest man in the world this year, Canada’s Donovan Bailey, but over the unconventional distance of 150.
Christie broke his own national record of 14.97 seconds with a run of 14.74. Bailey was second in 14.92.
DONINGTON, England (AP) _ Australia’s Michael Doohan won his sixth race of the season Sunday by comfortable margin in the British Grand Prix, tightening his grip on lead in the standings for world motorcycle championship he is defending.
Doohan, driving a Honda, made a slow start from pole in the 30-lap, 75-mile race, but came through to win by four seconds over the Suzuki of fellow Australian Darryl Beattie. Doohan now holds a 15-point lead over Beattie.