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Wtdtmdtt MV 11, 1988 . THE TtNMESStAN 5-C LA VICE VERSA Trainers for Reagan, Steve Canyon like other horse's chances in Iroquois "Just not being hurt has helped." GEORGE SLOAN Amateurs only please Iroquois race officials are proua of the races' amateur-riders-only condition and, apparently, so too are some horse owners. It seems a few years ago the owner of a winning Iroquois horse went to congratulate the rider in the winner's circle. "That was a wonderful ride. We're so grateful. Let me buy you dinner, tonight," said the winning owner. The rider was humbled, but not so much that he didn't accept the offer. To wit, the owner said, "Here you go," and gave the rider $ 10. You can't get much more amateur than that. Reagan 1, Steve Canyon 0 Both are 8-years-old, but Steve Canyon and Reagan, the favorites in Saturday's Iroquois, have met just once in their careers. Reagan defeated Steve Canyon in a 1986 steeplechase in Lexington, Ky. However, Kirk Griggs, Steve Canyon's regular rider, was sidelined that season with a shoulder Injury. "A regular rider can make ail the difference." said Frank Raquet, Reagan's trainer. "The rider knows what to expect from the horse, when to push the horse, when to ease off." That same year, Georsa Sloan rode Steve Canyon in the Iroquois, Steve Canyon finished fourth. Saturday, Sloan will ride Reagaa "Reagan likes to force the pace. Every time he has won, he has led from start to finish. Steve Canyon likes to come from off the pace." said Sloan. On and off track Show your average horse race fan a steeplechase event and he won't know what to think, says George Strawbrtdge, president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. "How could they understand a hunt meeting?" Strawbrtdge said of the two dozen steeplechase events like the Iroquois which are held each year. "They're used to horses running six or seven furlongs around tracks that look pretty much alike. At hunt meetings, horses run at dif- "" TFD POWTR Spurts Writer Frank Raquet and Johnny Griggs, the nation's winningest steeplechase trainers this spring, are happy calling the other guy's horse the favorite In Saturday's $100,000 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park. Raquet and Griggs will saddle the leading contenders in the 47th annual steeplechase, Reagan and Steve Canyon. The favorite? It depends whom you ask. "Steve Canyon likes the course, but he's not big-framed and hasn't proven he can carry the weight for three miles," Griggs, from Lexington, Ky., said of his horse. "Reagan has shown he can do that-Countered Franklin's Raquet: "I would never call Reagan a better horse than Steve Canyoa Steve Canyon has run in more races and against more top-class company. He's proven himself too many times not to be the favorite." The other seven Iroquois entries have a shot, especially Polar Parallel, a half-brother of last year's champ, Flatterer, and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, the No. 3 trainer this spring, and Saffan. owned by Iroquois president Calvin Houghland. But Reagan and Steve Qinyon not only have the two leading trainers in their stables, they've got the nation's two leading riders on their backs. f r ' The Chronicle o The Horse, one of the nation's leading steeplechase publications. Slain won a lot in his younger days. He was a U.S. and English amateur champion. He won the Iroquois four times. But he hasn't won the Iroquois since 1976 and last year suffered through an injury-plagued year. He even fell in the first race on last year's Iroquois race card. "Just not being hurt has helped," said Sloan, who injured his collarbone and ribs and broke a bone in his foot last year. It almost seemed as if riding had taken a back sent In Sloan's steeplechase career last year. Between nursing injuries and preparing for last October's inaugural Royal Chase, Sloan's riding seemed to be a second thought. But that was only to those who were watching. Sloan had no Intentions of retiring. "I was never going to quit riding, but I guess you think about it because people always bring it up when you have a year like that one I had." he said. Suddenly, however, he's turned his riding fortune around. He had two winners last Saturday at the Virginia Gold Cup races In The Plains, Va. continuing a string of winning weekends. "I guess he fell so much last year that it knocked the riding sense back into him," said one rival. "He's riding as well as he has in a long time this year." Raquet said confidence has played a large part in Slam's success this spring. "He hasn't been hurt and he's been riding good stock. And we've had good luck. Put those together and you can't help but get more confident." said Raquet. Slain claims he's not doing anything differently this season. "When the rider stays healthy and the horses stay healthy, your luck can change," he said. Hometown Lexington, KY Huntington, NY Carrollton, GA Trainer John K. Griggs J.E. Sheppard Frank Raquet J.E. Sheppard Frank Raquet Frank Raquet J.E Sheppard Mrs.D.Smithwick Michael Berryman Nashville Islin. NY Montevallo, AL Franklin. TN Traffic Horses walking again Iroquois facts, figures ferent distances on courses that go uphill and downhill. No two are the same." But flat-track racing fans are get-ting a tasts of steeplechasing. Sanctioned races are held at several Eastern race tracks. "Steeplechasing needs both kind of racing," said Strawbridge. "The Kirk Griggs, son of the owner-trainer and twice a winner at Iroquois, will guide Sieve Canyon. George Sloan of Franklin, four times an Iroquois champ, will ride Reagan, owned by a syndicate which Slain put together four years ago. Both have come bark from off-sea-soas to lead the national steeplechase rider standings. But it is the durable Slain, an Iroquois competitor for 30 years, who has surprised many by his successful spring. "George is riding like a teenager again," said Peter Winants, editor of they want to help the veterans, to give something back to these guys. A few use this as a training show for their horses before they go on to bigger shows." The Tennessee Walking Horse show season has been at a standstill since March 25 when the USDA. responding to a Washington, D.G, federal court order, Issued regulations that prohibited use of padded shoes. The walking horse trainers refused to show until the rules were revised. After extensive lobbying by Tennessee congressional delegation members, the USDA rescinded that rule but placed a 1 frounce restriction on the weight of all horse shoes. Finally, on April 28 the USDA gave a final list of interim rules which are to serve the industry until permanent rules are In place. Under the new regulations horses are allowed to show with three-inch padded shoes until Aug. 1. The pads must be reduced to two Inches from Aug. 1 through Oct.31 and to a half-inch pad with a half-inch rim pad after that Action devices, bracelet-like chains worn around the ankles of a horse's front legs, can weigh no more than six ounces. While today's show is a kickoff of the local horse show season, the industry will hit full stride this weekend with shows tomorrow at Franklin, Friday at Lebanon and Saturday at Gallatin. SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE 11:30 am: Grounds opon. 15 p.m.: Opening ceremonies, Iroquois prayer and dedication, presentation of colors. National Anthem, ringing of the Iroquois Bell. 2:30 p.m- Opening race. 4:50 p.nv Parade of Hillsboro-Cedar Knob Hounds. 5:10 p.nv Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase. TICKET BORMATJON General sdmiuiort free. HilUide Mating: $5 ($4 in advance at any Dominion Bank branch. Tailgating (pace $75, by reservation. Infield parking. Recreational vehicle: $25, by reservation. Backstretch parking. Boi seats: Sold out. For more Information or to join box seat waiting list, call 322-7450. PARKING Free on the south side of Old Hickory Boulevard. Preferred parking for box-holders adjacent to race course. ALCOHOL Public consumption is legal for the first time. Standard sized coolers only. Beer kegs are not permitted. Public drunkeness, disorderly conduct and substance abuse will be prosecuted. Entries for the Iroquois Steeplechase Here are the entries for Saturday's main event. Post position draw and hunt meetings will always be our iMM main base, but the racing at the major tracks gives us more exposure and lends an air of professional-Ism to the sport." Hunt meetings will remain the soul of the sport, says Strawbrtdge. "You are out in the country, there's a certain atmosphere, the people are closer to the horses, riders and trainers. It will probably always be the most popular type of steeplechase," he said. Coming from overseas Four Iroquois horses and three riders will race far from where they grew up. The foreign- bred horses: Reagan, an 8-year-old gelding from Chile; Mountain Brook, a 7-year-old gelding from Ireland; Saffan, a 5-year-old gelding from Great Britain; and Trelay Power, an 8-year-old gelding from New Zealand. The foreign riders Include Tim Thomson-Jones and Tom Grantham of Great Britain. Thomson-Jones, who rode Flatterer to victory last year, rides the horse's half-brother Polar Parallel on Saturday. Grantham will ride Saffan. The other foreigner is Sweden's Lars Sward, who will ride The Hall of Famer. At one time this spring, it appeared Sward would enter his own promising jumper. Or bus, in the Iroquois. Or bus, who finished second in the $ 100,000 Colonial Cuplast December, is recovering from injury, however. "If orbus had been here, he'd be the favorite," said Frank Raquet, the trainer of Reagan. Compiled by Ttd Power LARRY TA FT Spirts hruer MURFREESDORO The Tennessee Walking Horse industry, stymied by government regulations for over a month, returns to the showring today at the 40th annual Veterans Administration Horse Show. A nine-class Tennessee Walking Horse show is scheduled at the Alvin C York VA Medical Center. The show Is to start at 1:30 p.m., preceded by a 30-minute concert by the Eagleville- Rockvale band. The show is normally very Insignificant In the Industry. Last year only 5 horses entered the all-volunteer event This year, however, the show i one of the most significant because it Is to be the first held in Middle Tennessee since the U.S. Department of Agriculture placed new restrictions on show horses. "We have this show as therapy for the hospitalized veterans," said Spencer Dixon, show manager. "Basically It Is to get the patients out In the fresh air and give them something other than the hospital environment "But there has been more Interest In the show this year than recently. We can't control the number of horses which enter or the weather, but we are hoping we have a good turnout We'd love to have as many horses as we can get "Most of the time the people who show bring their horses here because Lipscomb scratches will be made Thursday: Hotm Owner Steve Canyon Polar Parallel Reagan (Chile) Mountain Brook (Ire) The Hall of Famer Saffan Eremite Trelay Power H Z.) Big Belch ' John K. Griggs William L. Pape Foxhall Farms Mrs. M. Troy Calvin Houghland Calvin Houghland Timber Bay Stable Irelay Stud Ladonna McMillian Jones Paoli, PA Nashville wins,. Trevecca eliminated Before the races: One-way on Old Hickjory Boulevard east from Highway 100 and west from Hillsboro Road. After the races: One-way on Old Hickory Boulevard west to Highway 100 and east to Hills-bor o Road SCHOENFELD NHL upholds' suspension BOSTON (AP) New Jersey Devils Coach Jim Schoenfeld was suspended for one game and fined $1,000 by the NHL yesterday for his run-in last week with referee Don Koharskl. The team was also fined $10,000. The penalty was announced by NHL president John Ziegler after a 4 'j-hour hearing at the Rltz-Carlton Hotel. The suspension was set for 6 p.m. CDT, or 30 minutes before the Devils played the Boston Bruins In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. Schoenfeld was originally suspended for one game by the league on Sunday but the Devils obtained a restraining order. The on-ice officials then refused to take the Ice Just before the start of the game and amateur officials were used. The Devils beat the Bruins 3-1 to even the best-of-seven series 2-2. Earlier yesterday, the NHL and the Devils were back In New Jersey Superior Court and Ziegler said the court refused to extend the temporary restraining order issued Sunday night M i V ... J "' - f ( m ready. I usually throw a lot of pitches. I'm not tired, but I'll feel it in the morning." Although Herston allowed the Tornado only three hits in going the abbreviated distance, he walked eight batters and faced bases-loaded situations several times during the game. He struck out six. Lipscomb had a total of 12 hits in the game. More Bisons than that, however, flooded the base paths as three King pitchers walked an additional 13 batters. The win was career victory No. 892 for Dugan and marked the first time the Bisons have won 34 games since 1984. Trevecca put up valiant efforts in both of its contests. In the opener against Union, the Trojans rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull from a 3-2 deficit to a 6-3 lead. The Trojan bullpen couldn't hold the hard-hitting Bulldogs, however, as Union got a run in the bottom of the frame on a homer by Carson Mclll wain and another run in the bottom of the seventh on a homer by Julio Osuna. Union went ahead for good with a three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth. That rally was highlighted by a two-run homer by Mike Jordan. In the second game, Trevecca scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Trojans held the lead until King tied it 3-3 in the top of the sixth. . NICK Sil l IVAN Spurts Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. David Lipscomb Coach Ken Dugan was happy Bison ace Keith Hers-ton pitched a three-hitter yesterday in the opening round of the NAIA District 24 baseball tournament. But Dugan was overjoyed with his team's offensive performance in the 1 2-2 victory over King College, ranked No. 5 in the nation in the NAIA poll. "Herston did a good Job, but he's our ace and we expect that of him," said Dugan. "He wasn't as consistent as he usually Is, but he pitched hard and worked himself out of some deep holes. "We were really hitting the ball today, though," he said. "That's what I was most proud of." Lipscomb's hitting barrage included three home runs an unusual display of power for the Bisons and a four-for-five effort at the plate by senior Bryan True. "It was a very big win for us," said Dugan, who is trying to take his Bisons to their second District 24 championship In as many years. "We had to beat King in the finals last year at Jackson, so it's good tc get them behind us." King, In fact, had to scramble to avoid total elimination from the tournament. The Tornado, now 43-8 for the season, rallied for three runs in the top of the 10th inning in the afternoon losers' bracket elimination game to oust Trevecca Nazarene College 10-8. Trevecca the eighth seed in the eight-team tournament, had fallen to top-seeded Union 8-6 in yesterday's tournament-opening game. Trevecca had led in both games but fell following late-inning rallies by Union and King. "It was a long day," said Trevecca Coach Elliott Johnson. "We just didn't have the relief pitching to hold them. That's what happens when you can't shut them down at the right time." Trevecca ends its season 31-27. Lipscomb 34-18 and seeded No. 5 in the tournament, meets Union, 42-12, in second-round action at 9 a.m. CDT tomorrow. King also plays again tomorrow in losers' bracket competitioa Cumberland University, of Lebanon, Tenn., gets into action today. The Bulldogs, 41-19 and the tournament's No. 2 seed, meet Tusculum at noon CDT. Milligan will meet host Carson-Newman College at 9 a.m. A losers' bracket elimination game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Lipscomb's game yesterday against King was called in the bottom of the eighth inning after Car-mon Brown hit a single to left, scoring Tom Bur-rough with two outs and giving the Bisons a 1 0-run lead and forcing the NAIA's mandatory 1 0-run rule. "I'm glad of that," said Herston, now 12-1 for the season. "I mast have thrown 130-140 pitches al Bruins lead 3-2 behind Olympians BOSTON (AP) Canadian Olympic star Bob Joyce scored two gails and U.S. Olympian Craig Janney had one goal and three assists last night, leading the Boston Bruins to a 7-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Wales Conference championship series, while the Devils played without suspended caich Jim Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld, who watched from a luxury box after being suspended for one game after a run-in with referee Don Koharskl last Friday. The Bruins, bidding for their fifth Stanley Cup and first since 1 972. can advance to a showdown for the NHL's coveted prize by winning in New Jersey tomorrow. A seventh game, if necessary, will be played in Boston Garden Saturday night. The Bruins, smarting from a 3-1 loss in New Jersey in Game 4 Sunday night when Schoenfeld had an original one-game suspension temporarily barred by a state court turned on the power as regular NHL officials returned to work. The NHL crew refused to work Game 4 and amateur officials were recruited Boston scored three goals on power plays, although referee Denis Morel, the alternate referee Sunday night who refused to work when scheduled ref Dave Newell walked out, appeared to show no favoritism. The Bruins outshot the Devils 1 8-5 in the first period, but managed Just a 2-1 lead, scoring twice on power plays. carries Raiders to NCAAs Richardson TOM WOOD Sports Writer Dave Richardson was an ace bandaged and ready for the challenge of his collegiate career. Middle Tennessee's baseball team had stormed back from a first-round shutout in last weekend's Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament in Cookeville, to pull even with Eastern Kentucky in the championship round. And the Blue Raiders' hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament were riding on the broad shoulders of Richardson, a senior from Nashville Christian. Richardson, a not-so-secret weapon with a 12-5 record, nevertheless was somewhat questionable after being hit on the knee by a sharp line drive in the first Inning of Friday's tourney opener. ! t. r. ' ' , ' s 7S. i- .":,. Vv', ! V- I V S A ! T f K y'r' A' "Everybody thought Richardson was hurt," said first-year MTSU Coach Steve Peterson, "but he'd been trying to get back in the game since Saturday at 6 a.m., when we took batting practice. He's just a hard-nosed kid." Richardson and his teammates turned in a magnificent performance in the deciding game, pounding Eastern Kentucky 20-3. Richardson scattered eight hits and recorded 10 strikeouts and was backed by 1 9 hits, including a pair of three-run homers from sophomore Mike Messerly. "When you get hitting like that, you can't pitch bad," the affable Richardson said after Sunday's victory. Middle had been on the brink of elimination since Friday when the Colonels blanked the Blue Raiders 5-0. Middle came back and beat More- head and host Tennessee Tech on Saturday and then had to beat Eastern Kentucky twice on Sunday. "When we lost that first game the way we did, it got our team hungry and ready to go. Everybody was fired up and, by God, we did it" Richardson's current record stands at 13-5 with an ERA of 4.30. In 1 13 innings, the little left-hander gave up 104 hits, 62 runs (54 earned), walked 43 and struck out 116. Those kinds of statistics had Peterson smiling at the prospects of Richardson pitching in the NCAA tournament. " Richardson is going to win some more games for us," predicted Peterson. MTSU will not find out until probably next Monday the site and opponent for the first round of the NCAA tournament RICHARDSON t "

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