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tf)l The Arizona Republic Saturday, January 1, 1994 HORSE RACING eritage foes gain recognition, not money MARX BO The Arizona Republic Angi Go's nasty nature belies talent Her sire, Idaho's Majesty suggests she was born of noble blood. False. Angi Go doesn't qualify as a princess. For one thing, she's as cantankerous as someone's grumpy old grandfather. "Let's just say she's got a little bit of a disposition," trainer Wilmer Wheeler said. "Get near her while she's on the (hot) walker, and she's likely to try and knock you over. That's just the way she is. "She really had a mind of her own as a 2-ycar-old. Some guys tried to break her, and they couldn't handle her. That's why she got such a late start." But it's been a better-late-than-never story since Angi Go made it to the track. In addition to winning 1 1 races and more than $80,000 in purses, she was chosen the best filly or mare at Turf Paradise last season. "She's a wonderful horse," Wheeler said. "She's still got a little temper, but not nearly as bad as it used to be. For the most part, she trains really well." The bigger question, Wheeler said, is Angi Go's health. She last raced in June, a -few weeks before she underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from her two front ankles. Although she again is training, which includes three nice workouts for jockey ' Alberto Higuera, Wheeler won't know for certain how well she has recovered until she begins racing. "Some horses have trouble when they come back from these surgeries, and some don't," Wheeler said. "You don't know until they try. But right now, she seems to be OK." Wheeler is hoping to enter Angi Go in the Twilight Tear Handicap in three weeks, but the stakes race is restricted to horses that have made at least one start during the current meet. "1 don't know if I can get her ready for it in. time," Wheeler said. "It might be a little loo soon. If we don't make it, I may take her to California. I'd like to try it once at Santa Anita and see how she does." Still the best Despite a near-disastrous 32-lcngth loss to Garmanni in its last outing, trainer Gary Page said Mr. Pappion still is one of the top horses at the track. 'We stepped in a hole (on the grass course) near the first turn, and (jockey) Daiio (Lozoya) was afraid he might have huff himself," Page said. "So he never pushed him. He was afraid Pappion would break down if he did." r Mr. Pappion was chosen best claiming horse at Turf last season, and he began this meet where he left off, winning two straight allowance races. His only flaw was the last-place finish two weeks ago. "We had him X-rayed, and everything was negative," Page said. "He's all right. He's 100 percent." i "So convinced that Mr. Pappion is ready to resume racing, Page has entered him for Sunday's Marjcopa County Fair Handicap, where he again will face Garmanni. How Mr. Pappion fares is uncertain. But I throughout his career, it usually has been feast or famine. In 21 lifetime starts, Mr. Pappion has won 12 times. In only two other races, however, has he finished in the money, i But what a steal Mr. Pappion has been for his owners. Claimed for $5,500, he has made nearly $80,000 in his lifetime. '"Aftcr I first saw this horse run, there was no way we could resist not putting in a claim for him," Page said. No fairy tale Roo Tale, one of the early favorites for the Grade III Phoenix Gold Cup on March ' 20, keeps rolling. l ne 3-year-oia son oi koo An nas two wins in as many starts. Page isn't certain when next the horse will race. "I'm having a hard time finding J something for him," Page said. "We may go t to Remington (Park in Oklahoma) for a J $50,000 race there, and I'll probably run him one time at Santa Anita just to get him I ready." Confirmed for Affirmed? Although trainer Lanny Sharp has nominated Screaming Don for next week's ALTlrmcd Handicap, it isn't set in stone. Sharp still is eyeballing the Santa Anita condition book to see if there is a race there for Screaming Don, who won the Turf Paradise Futurity last Sunday. "If I can't find the right race there, we'll stay here," Sharp said. Jockey shorts Through Thursday, jockey Mark Hanna led all riders with 73 wins (about an 18 percent winning percentage). . . . Through the same date, Richard Lockwood, the 1990-91 leading trainer, led Tony Klcnakis, last season's leading trainer, by one victory, 26-25. Just because it's played on New Year's Day, that doesn't mean fhe Heritage Bowl is a money-maker like the other Jan. 1 bowl games. South Carolina State hopes to break even and Southern University expects to lose money. But the game offers something money can't buy recognition for the competing teams. "Right now I'm looking toward breaking even and receiving the national publicity that will propel our university to even more opportunities in athletics," South Carolina State Athletic Director Jim Martin said. "It will say to corporate sponsors, 'Here is a university we need to invest in because they are doing something. They are involved in national bowl games,' " Martin said. The Rose Bowl has the richest New Year's Day payoff per team, $6.5 million; the Fiesta Bowl pays $3 million to each team; and Tucson's Copper Bowl, played Wednesday, paid $700,000. Southern could lose as much as $15,000 by appearing in today's Heritage Bowl, the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate reported. Southern will be carrying more players than the Gulf Coast Conference will pay for, an expense the school must cover itself, the Advocate said. All other expenses for each school Two winning tickets purchased for twin trifecta Two winning tickets were sold Friday for Turf Paradise's twin trifecta, a gimmick bet that asks horseplayers to pick in order the top three finishers for the eighth and ninth races. The bet reached $238,947.80 when there were no winners for 20 days. One ticket was sold at the Stadium Club in Chandler, an off-track betting facility, to two brothers from Chandler, who declined to give their names; the other was sold at Turf Paradise. The Chandler men will split their half of the prize after investing $100 in the bet. The bettor at Turf Paradise did not cash his ticket. Wee Tried won the eighth race in a 7-10-6 combination. Jet Dance won the ninth in an 11-8-4 combination. More horse racing Thoroughbred trainer Jeff Lukas remained in critical condition and in a coma but was reported to be making progress against pneumonia. Lukas, 36, suffered fractures at the base of his skull when he was run down by a runaway horse Dec. 15 at Santa Anita. He contracted pneumonia five days later. Lukas is the only son of Eclipse Award-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Baseball Arnold Weber, the outgoing president at Northwestern University, and U.S. Olympic Committee Executive Director Harvey Schiller are two finalists for baseball commissioner, according to the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette Telegraph. . . . Roberto Alomar does not need surgery to fix a broken right leg and may be ready for the start of spring training, Toronto Blue Jays officials said. Alomar, who broke the fibula bone during a winter league game in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, will be re-examined by team doctors on Monday to be sure the fracture still docs not require surgery. With 'no surgery, the All-Star second baseman should be ready to start the season with the rest of the Blue Jays in late February. College football Disgruntled Wisconsin fans who paid for Rose Bowl tickets only to be told by ticket agencies that they were unavailable scrambled for seats to the New Year's Day game in Pasadena, Calif. Fewer than 24 hours before ninth-ranked Wisconsin was to play No. 14 UCLA in college football's oldest bowl game, hundreds of Wisconsin fans hit the streets and combed newspaper classified ads looking for tickets. Hundreds of Wisconsin fans bought trips with tour companies, which are now saying they don't have enough tickets to meet demand. The debacle prompted Rep. Scott Klug, R-Wis., to ask U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the possible fraudulent sale of Rose Bowl tickets. . . . Two Louisville football players were arrested on felony assault charges. Warrants charging Tom Carroll and Chris Hampton in connection with the Christmas Eve beating of a 23-year-old Louisville man, Kevin Netherton, were issued on Thursday. Arraignment was set for this morning. NFL Offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott and inside linebacker Michael Brooks will start Sunday in the New York Giants' showdown with the Dallas Cowboys at East Rutherford, N.J., despite injuries that would keep them on the sidelines in a lesser contest. Elliott's back, which knocked him out of five of the past six games, is so tender that Coach Dan Reeves wouldn't predict how long he would last. Brooks also rushed himself back from a sprained right foot that kept him out the past three games. . . . Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insisted that Coach Jimmy Johnson would complete his contract in Dallas. Jones was responding to remarks in which will be paid by its respective conference, Martin said, adding that the Bulldogs of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference would stay within budget. The Heritage Bowl will not be televised this season, reducing income for the schools. Black Entertainment Television, which broadcast the first two games, dropped the Heritage this year. The bowl will cost between $300,000 to $400,000 and "we've got to sell 25,000 tickets to make it worth our Channel 10's Hayworth steps down, may join politics The Arizona Republic John Madden won't be CBS' first casualty of 1994. Channel 10 sports anchor J.D. Hayworth beat Madden to the punch. Actually, Hayworth's decision to leave the local affiliate, unlike Maddcn's probable departure from the network, has nothing to do with the failed CBS bid to keep NFL football. "I'm taking a good look at making the race in the 6th Congressional District as the Republican," Hayworth said a couple of hours before his Friday night sportscast, his last in a seven-year run at the station. "It's just time to make that change." It wasn't the last episode of Cheers, but Hayworth went off the air in sitcom 37" 21 Roberto Alomar Broken leg may not keep Blue Jay out of spring training. Jumbo Elliott Injured Giant will start against the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson said he would have interest if a team such as the Jacksonville Jaguars approached him. . . . The Los Angeles Rams signed free-agent Kelly Blackwell, a second-year tight end, who had been released by Dallas on Oct. 5. NBA' A March 7 trial date at Carmel, Ind., has been set for Indiana Pacers forward Kenny Williams, who has pleaded innocent to drunken driving charges. Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without auto insurance. If convicted on all three charges, Williams would face more than two years in jail and a $10,500 fine. Williams was arrested early Sunday after police clocked his car traveling at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer test at the scene, Hamilton County prosecutor Steve Nation said Wednesday. Speedskating Bonnie Blair of Champaign, 111., set track records in the 500-meter and 1,500-meter races to highlight the first of six days of trials at Milwaukee to select the U.S. Speedskating teams for the Winter Olympics. Blair won the first of four scheduled 500 meter races for women with a time of 39.92 seconds, breaking her track record of 40.45. In the 1,500, Blair finished in 2 minutes, 6.50 seconds, smashing her Pettit National Ice Center mark of 2:09.10. Dan Jansen of West Allis, Wis. won the event with a 36.42, matching his Pettit Center record. In the men's 1,500, Brian Wanek of Mequon, Wis., won with a time of 1:57.28. Roadrunners Brian McReynolds' winning goal in an overtime shootout gave the Roadrunners a 5-4 International Hockey League victory over the Blades at Kansas City. Dave Tomlinson and Jim Vesey scored 50 seconds apart for Phoenix to put the Roadrunners up, 4-3, in the third period. Kansas City's Mikhail Kravets sent the game into a shootout by scoring with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. NHL Left wing Bob Errey of the San Jose Sharks has been suspended without pay for two games for hitting Frank Musil of the Calgary Flames during a game Dec. 28 in San Jose, Calif., a league official said. Compiled from reports by The Associated Press. 55 All I know is they tell me if we win, we'll get a championship of some kind. That's OK with me. I'd like to get any part of it that I can. All of it, half of it J don 't care. As long as I don 't ha ve to go to my gra ve with everyone saying: 'He went without a national championship. ' BOBBY B0WDEN FLORIDA STATE COACH . 1 Jrt : L -Ja while," MEAC Commissioner Ken Free said. The conferences set a goal of selling 30,000 seats. Free said more than 22,000 tickets had been sold, and they're hoping the rest will go by kickoff at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. "If we could clear between $75,000 and $100,000, that would be good for the first year in a new location," Free said. style. Asked whether he has plans to cope with the cost of living, Hayworth said, "Oh yeah, yeah ... I wouldn't just step off blindly, especially now with a new member of the family who arrived Dec. 2. Believe me, I have a very great sense of trying to preserve their ability to eat." Stay tuned, because Hayworth could return to TV news as a candidate for office or, someday, as an on-air personality again. "This whole experience has been wonderful," he said. "I think everyone in this business aspires to work in a major market and cover major-league sports. It is still my profession. I don't view what I am planning to do as a TODAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 tJfEI Seattle Utah . Minnesota fij W. Ch 45 rINL woii7? KTAR f20 KTAR (620) KTAR Ml &UnS KI'HXjWti) KCKY(W) KCKY $5(1) K- Atlanta VS 11 m. l w Ch 10 VNfr KTAR (620) KWA (107.1) ? Las Vegas Atlanta Milwaukee 7 . 6 p.m 5 30 pm. . KNNS (1360) KNNS (1360) ., 9 p.m. 7 pm. 7 p.m. ' JOJfflOT tap delay tap delay KNNS (1360) College yJ Arizona dt!i en. 10 KTAR (620) s. KNNS (1360) mmm . ARIZONA lAl 5116 AV ciuo rUL A"l KTAR (020) KNNS (1360) JPL SaVKs 'bIlSt.' Fairfield ifij . ' .pm. 7:30pm- ?:30pm fWfc'V"? Chaminade 7:30 p.m. CollegeTootball mmm I FlESTA BOWL fcTJ vs. Miami , KTAR (620) ' Home J Away Aa Times Are Arizona Times TODAY'S OTHER EVENTS: AUTO RACING Sprint cars, Canyon Raceway, 5 p.m. DOG RACING Apache Greyhound Park, 2 p.m.; Phoenix Greyhound Park, 7:30 p.m. HORSE RACING Turf Paradise, 1 p.m. ; J TODAY'S TELEVISION COLLEGE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame Bowl ESPN 9 a.m. Michigan vs. North Carolina State Citrus Bowl Ch.3 11a.m. Penn State vs. Tennessee Fiesta Bowl Ch. 12 1 1:07 a.m. Arizona vs. Miami Carquest Bowl Ch. 10 1 1:30 a.m. Boston College vs. Virginia Rose Bowl Ch. 3 2:30 p.m. UCLA vs. Wisconsin Cotton Bowl Ch. 12 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M Orange Bowl '. Ch. 12 6 p.m. Florida State vs. Nebraska Sugar Bowl Ch.3 6:30 p.m. Florida vs. West Virginia NHL Kings at Maple Leafs ASPN 6 p.m. SATURDAY'S RADIO COLLEGE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame Bowl KNNS (1 360) 9 a.m. Michigan vs. North Carolina State Citrus Bowl KCKY(1150) 10:45 a.m. Penn State vs. Tennessee Fiesta Bowl KTAR (620) 11a.m. Arizona vs. Miami Rose Bowl KNNS (1 360) ....2:20 p.m. UCLA vs. Wisconsin Cotton Bowl . ......KTAR (620) 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M TANK MCNAMARA 6 IOVT THE BET OU THE MATE ElKTIOW. HE OWIY 6ET TO WATCH OWE BOWL 6AME AtfP frHE SET To PICK ff. i ii -i- il 73 ny HI A Homecoming Joe Carter looked over a Oklahoma City crowd of more than 500, listened to all the speeches, accepted all the honors and had one reaction: "I thank God I didn't strike out." Carter's hometown named a street Joe Carter Boulevard in honor of the outfielder whose three-run homer in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series gave the Toronto Blue Jays the title. career. Channel 10 still has Kevin McCabe and Jude LaCava in its sports department. But in terms of filling his shoes, Hayworth said, "I don't know what they're going to do. . . . Of course, they have two outstanding guys on staff right now." One busy week, during which he traveled from football to baseball to golf, stands out in his memory. "I was thinking, 'My goodness, what a change I've had in my career,' as one who aspired to this type of work finally having, in a sense, arrived," Hayworth said. "That was tremendously gratifying." SPORTS TAKES EDITOR John D. Amet Basketball Orange Bowl KNNS (1 360) 5:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Florida State . SUNDAY'S TELEVISION ..; NFL Cardinals at Falcons Ch. 10 1 1 a.m. Seahawks at Chiefs Ch. 12 1 1 a.m. Broncos at Raiders Ch. 12 2 p.m. Jets at Oilers ESPN 6p,m. SKIING Tournament of Champions Ch. 10 2:30 p.m. COLLEGE BASKETBALL j Fordham at Notre Dame Ch. 1 7 2 p.m. Ch. 55 St Joseph's at Temple ASPN 2:30 p.m. AUTO RACING j Sprint Car World Series TNN 4 p.m, SUNDAY'S RADIO NFL :i Cardinals at Falcons KTAR (620) 1 1 ja.m. in Spanish KWA (107.1) . Bills at Colts KNNS (1360) 11 a.m. Bears at Rams KCKY (1 1 50)... 2 p.m. Broncos at Raiders . tape delayed ..KNNS (1360).... 2 p.m. KCKY (11 50) 5:30 p.m. Jets at Oilers KNNS (1360) 5:45 p.m. IHL Roadrunners KNNS (1360).. at Las Vegas COU.PN'f TMEY PlAY THEM ALL AT OWCE AMP (WW ADD liCOC'C fliC OffALlAff flTMH CALL IT THE FkWT MlAP BOWt? ami I mi n i i is v. 3 m r- KH ...9 p.m. M A T T

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