Independent from Long Beach, California on March 24, 1976 · Page 21
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Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, March 24, 1976
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II \ \ K HOI I l\,\yOICTil Telly's Pop worth lollipops He'll wait his turn, but . . . The Grand Prix will be held in Long Beach Sunday, bul the Grand Faux Pas was made two years ago when a well-heeled actor nixed an offer to buy a yearling for a mere $3,000. In a lolal 12 months' racing time, the snubbed colt has won $343,870 and is the glamor boy of West Coast racing. Telly's Pop, now co-owned by another actor, Telly Savalas, will be the clear favorite in Sunday's $100,pOO-added Santa Anita Derby, and if one is to believe the star of the Kojak television scries, his colt will go on to spreadeaglc the field in the Kentucky Derby. Savalas got a piece of the classy colt, who has won six of right r a c e s and never finished worse than third, because Walter MaHhau turned down the chance to buy him first. "II was luck--sheer luck--that permitted Savalas to possess a half-interest in the horse," claims Howard Koch, the successful Paramount Pictures producer, who has the other name on Telly's Pop's registration certificate. KOCH HAD OWNED horses with two partners, Malthau and singer By die Gorme. He never dreamed, however, of purchasing another thoroughbred for a paltry $6,000--and while recuperating from a serious operation yet--but that's what happened. "1 had recently returned from the Mayo Clinic to recuperate from the operation, and one evening Savalas came by to wish me a speedy recovery," said Koch. "The phone rang and it was my trainer, MclSlute. "Mel was h a v i n g a fiscal donnybrook of some sort and he had to have $6,000 by the time the bank opened the next morning. I'm rather reluctant to lend money under such circumstances, on or off (he race track, and told Mel so. "Would I buy a colt he bred and owned, for $6,000? I paused, asked my wife, and she said it was okay. Then Telly entered the discussion and said he would lake half. II was just impulse. "I told Telly I couldn't sell him half, that I had owned.horses be-' fore w i t h Walter Malthau and, therefore, Waller would have first refusal, 1 called Walter, and he said no, so Savalas got the half a horse." THE COLT was so wild and "spooky" lhat the f a r m handlers concluded he never would be able to train unless he wos gelded. "It was probably the most expensive job of gelding since Native Diver." Koch observed. "As a stud, he'd he worth a lol of money. Bul without gelding him, we prob- OIST .A. INTO TV TKI.EVISION No events scheduled. RADIO Rasenall-- Dodccrs vs. Montreal. KAliC, 10:30 a.m.; Angels vs. Cleveland. K M I ' C . noon. Hockey-- Kings vs. Islanders. Forum, 8p.m. ably wouldn't have had a race horse, either." Some race horse he is, too. He won Ihc $150.000 California Derby al Golden Gate 11 days ago in a breeze-and he hadn't been in a race since Christmas Day. . "About the only sour note lo date has been the indirect pressures to get a new, more famous trainer, and to get a flossier and, presumably, more compelcnl rider than Francisco Mena," noted Koch. "But to me. Telly's Pop is Stute and Mena, a family, if you will, and that's the way il is going to continue to be." WHILE TELLY'S POP was loafing around the bam Ihe (irsl part of this year, a new star appeared. An Act won his (irsl race by six lengths, followed that with a two-length-triumph and then won a stakes breezing by five panels. After Ihe third consecutive win, Laffit Pincay declared that An Act was the best young horse he had ridden since Sham, with whom he won the '73 S'Anita Derby, but whn had Ihe misfortune to be around when Secretariat was blazing. Pincay and An Act made believers out of Southland h o r s e players and the coil's fame f o l lowed him to Golden Gate. His 3(or-3 record caught the fancy of Ray Area players and they backed him down to odds-on favorite in the California Derby. This, despite Ihe presence of Telly's Pop and his owner's loud proclamations of victory. The Bay bettors should h a v e listened lo Telly. TELLY'S POP Hew pasl An Act at the lop of Ihe stretch and pulled away to win that Derby by the aforementioned two lengths. An Act staggered home in fourth place. Perhaps, however, he did nol get the best of rides from Pincay. an acknowledged saddle star, but sometimes a bit headstrong. An Act seemed tn hesitate at the start o( Ihe Golden Gale chase, but then was rushed to force his way between horses and gain the lead at the firsl turn. This was playing into Ihe hands of Mena and Telly's Pop, who races close to the pace then turns il loose in the stretch. WHILE TELLY'S POP and An Act were battling up north, Iwo new stars arrived in Arcadia. Crystal Water stunned Ihc flock with a smashing come-from-behind five-length win in the $50,000 San Felipe Handicap, w h i l e June's Blazer grabbed the $30.000 Brad- Ixiry Slakes by four lengths a week ago. II should be mentioned that Ihe Bradbury was Avatar's first stakes win last year. If Telly*s Pop is (o be beaten, June's Blazer could do It. In winning the Bradbury, he became the only S'Anita Derby prospect to win at Sunday's mile and one-eighth distance. Only time will tell if Telly's Pop is a great one. or just an carly- blooming flash in the pan, but the $80,000 he is expected lo pick up Sunday afternoon will buy a lol of lollipops for Kojak. And aspirin fur Walter Matthau. Tell 'em Niki is here Lauda and clear By ALLEN WOLFE SI art Wrilrr Welcome to Long Beach, Niki Lauda. The 27-year-old world driving champion stole into the city almost unobtrusively in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after logging more than 15 hours in Ihc air on a red-eye special from \1 ilan, Italy. It may have been 2:30 a.m. in Long Beach, but his own "body clock" said it was I2::ifl p.m.,M ilan lime. En route from L.A. International Airport he just couldn't resist the opportunity to lake a quick inspection lour of t h e course 'over which he and the others of his kind will compete when the green flag falls for the $2«,000 United Stales G r a n d Prix West Sunday. "I wcnl around the circuit very slowly in a private car." he said. "I just wanted to sec how it was laid out, but all 1 got was aggravation. "Two guys came up with flashlights, put them in my fare and said, 'You can'l nm here-get oul!' 1 said, 'I'm sorry, but I would just like to have a look at the race course. I am nol doing anything wrong, I Ihink. 1 am Niki Lauda.' One of them said, 'Well, you can do thai' Friday, nol now.' "1 don't know who he was. I dnn't think he was a policeman . . . there was no uniform. He must have been a course worker taking his job too seriously. It made me mad because ! wasn't bolhing anylhing or anybody. Hut I got satisfaction. I told him . to (bleep) off, and I left." 11 was hardly a reception befitting the crown prince of international Grand Prix racing, hut Lauda took Ihc incident good-naluredly. "I Ihink today I will gel a commissioner or some official and try again," he said, a knowing glint in his rye. Andreas Nikilaus Lauda, son of one of the most influential families in Vienna, Austria, is the man credited as having the greatest impact in reversing the racing fortunes of the Ferrari factory, jusl now re-establishing its rcpulation .as the all-domi- n a n t f o r c e in Formula One Grand Prix racing. Lauda and his flame-re^ Ferrari 3I2T prototype, (he rc- "I said, 'I am Niki Lauda.'" fined product of $800,000 and two years of development, won five of M races and sat on the iolc position a record 10 limes last year lo bring Ferrari its first F o r m u l a One championship since John Surtces of England did it 12 years ago. This year, Enzo Ferrari, the 82-vear-old II'l.itore of JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor Wxl:ir-wby. M'rell 2'1. 1976 Suflion C. l\:rjL C - 1 Ihc I t a l i a n marque, has no wish to relinquish Ihc title lhat he, Ijauda. c h i e f designer Mauro Forghicri and team manager Luc a Montezcmolo fought so hard lo attain. Call il Ihc pressure lo perform or his natural competitive instinct, Niki L'uida is a winner, and he demonstrated that fact by winning the first two races this year at Hrazil and South Africa. Sunday he hopes lo duplicate his fcal of last year when he won three races in a row at Monaco, Belgium and Sweden lo far outdistance his rivals. Al- ready he holds a 12-point lead in tho world driver's championship standings. Lauda is quick to point out why the Prancing Horse of Modcna, the familiar black-anil- yellow Ferrari trademark, is ahead of the rest of the Formula One pack. "Testing, testing, testing," he says. "We test twice as much as any other team. We win mir races on the test Irack. Victory in a Grand Prix is merely (he end product." "Ferrari is in a position none of the other teams have to worry about," he says. "We test because we have lo test everything--engines, gearboxes, suspension, r e a r ends. We t e s t every part on the car because it's a Ferrari part. "The other teams merely b u y Ford Cosworlli engines, Ilcwland transmissions and run (heir chassis. We probably lesl Ihreo limes as much as anyone else." ' Originally, lauda and his girlfriend. Marlene, planned to arrive in I/ing Beach on March IS, one day after (he non-championship Race of Champions al Brands Hatch in England. But t h e n Ferrari decided to test their new 3I2T2 model and Niki was dispatched to the company's lesl (rack at Fiorano and Marlene returned to Salzburg. By returning 1o Italy, Lauda forfeited a chance lo complete the final phase of training for his private flying license al the I/ing lieach Airport, in addition lo all (he sightseeing tours at Disneyland, Hollywood, etc. But it's the kind of sacrifice 1 one m u s t endure to become world champion. "I really have no privalc life lo speak of," he says. "It pretty NIKI LAUDA World champion much comes down to working day and night for Ferrari. All night 1 sleep because I'm so worn out from the work 1 d during the day. But 1 realize it's the only way we're giving lo slay ahead of everyone else, so 1 don't mind." Hut the urgi- lo gel Miiml (he controls must be overwhelming for ho is the proud owner of "We win our races on the lest track." a Cessna -121 Golden Eagle, a Iwo-cnginc turbo prop hi* purchased last year. "I can only he co-pilol," he says. "Whenever I want lo go up. 1 have to hire a fully licensed pilot. It gels to be a problem." Lauda's appreciation for Iho "gtHxl life" comes naturally. His father owns a mulli-million dollar paper mill business with factories located in six metropolitan centers, including Vienna, Satolmrg and Innsbruck. Although his family opposed his desires for a racing career, the intense, introspective young man nuidc ills competitive dcbn( a I the age of 1!) lichiiid the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Between l%8 and 1971, he r a c e d Porsche sedans and Formula Vec in local events and then stepped up lo Formula Two on Ihe strength «f a $20,00(1 loan from a Vienna bank. The nexl year, he attempted In secure a $100,1X10 loan, bul as he says, "My grandfather slopped the credit I was supposed lo (id. lie ran in and said, 'Dnn't (in it.' Well, they listened to him anil I never got the. money from that bank." (Continued on C-'i, Col. 8) , Cuft.3L.E3 ND-A-IR. Laker subs soar, 125-106 JC coif-- [/nj! llench Cily CollcHe at Sacldlcbark Tournament, nil day. Horse rarini:-- ThormiulilireiK Snnl.i A n i t r t , (irsl ixtst 1:30 p.m.; Il.lrnt'S. 1 ; horses, I/is Afnmitns. (irsl jxisl 8 p.m. P r e p swimming-- Moore u'.iniie ? rclims. Hclmonl Plaza Olvmi'ir |'HI|, : 30 p.m. JC U-nnts-- I-onc Ik'.ich Cily Collem- vs.Pnsndenn, 2:31 n.m. JC volleyball-- Lonfi licacli Cily CM- [cueat Pierce, 2:30 p.m. women's volleyball--- Long Hencli Cily College vs Gnlilen West. :l p m. Women's soflhall-- l.nn^ Itr.icli Oily College vs. l/s Articles City College, 3:Mp.m. Mntocrnss-- Orange County H.'ireu'ny Hockey-- Kings vs Isl.inflers. Knnim. R p.m. Wreslllng-- Olympic Auditorium. 8 p.m. By DOUG !VES Sla(( WriUT Coach B i l l Sharman of the Inkers said Sunday night, following an embarrassing loss, t h a t he would not make any significant changes in his starling lineup. Hut Sharman benched G a i l Goodrich, Lucius Allen and Connie Warner to oprn Ihc second half Tuesday nighl and their rcplacc- menls provided (he spark, along with Karccm Abdul-Jabhar, which lifted the 1-akcrs lo a 125-10(1 victory over Ihc Houston Rockets at the Forum. Slu Lantz, Don Freeman and Don Ford were the key reserves in the big thin! period when Ihe Inkers scored 35 points to [urn a one-point h a l f t i m c deficit into a 928(1 advantage entering t h e final period. The unheralded Irio combined for 21 points in the third (juartcr and Ihcy earned their starting assignments on the strength of a combined 22 second-period points. Abdul-Jabbar blended well with whoever was in the lineup, scoring 30 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. While the offensive firepower of the reserves was significant, it was t h e i r aggressive defense w h i c h prompted Shorman to employ them in the meaningful third period. Goodrich, Allen and Warner lend In lie passive on defense, so much so lhat Houston guards Mike Ncwlin and Calvin Murphy had no Irouhlc penetrating the I.aker defense for easy shots. Freeman and Ford have always been Ihe aggressive lype while LnnU is a "careful" player. Rut ho (Continued on C-2, Col. 4) Media from 6 continents, in a dozen languages Grand prix's gathering of clan "We acknowledge with m a n y thanks Ihe previous courtesies," the letter begins. The formality is a bil over-slrucltired bul the manners are impeccably and undeniably Japanese. The typist must have bowed as he wrote il. ". . . We shall be much obliged if you will kindly issue VIP passes," it continues, eventually concluding lhat "your kindful attention will be greatly appreciated." So preparations wind down for what may be the largest gathering of international media in American sports history--in Long Beach, of all places. The U S . Grand Prix West, otherwise known as the Long Beach Grand Prix, will be reported in more than a dozen languages lo a couple of dozen nations representing six of the seven continents. Anlarclica hasn't applied (or credentials, but the week isn't out yet. Most of the requests arrive in English, but several had to he translated by publicist H a n k Ivcs or his credentials gal Friday, Dusty Brandel. An Italian publication wrolc: "II signer crippa Danilo e da noi incaricato di curare i servizi folografid per la nostra rubrica automobilistica." A request from Germany was in Deutsche above and a game try at English below: "Pleas we wandt to have one Laizer-Pass for one boddy. . . " By week's end nearly a thousand members of the media will have been accommodated, perhaps 1,50 from other countries. But the toughest part still is dealing with (he bogus domestic applicants. One guy well-known among racing publicity people still attempts to support his case with a Xeroxed letter from the editor of a magazine who died three years ago. Ivcs might have honored a request from the Half Moon Bay Times in central California, except the paper doesn't exist. OVERHEARD: Japan hopes lo have its own grand prix Oct. 21 so Nippon's highly aggressive, mass-publication newspapers arc out in force for this one. The Japanese are going all out in typical style. "They've copii4 everything we've done," says Pele Biro, L t 3GP vice-president for marketing and public relations, "inc l u d i n g t h e mistakes." . . . The R a m s ' Steve Rosenbloom, who sal in on every meeting in the NFL conclave at Coronado last week, was searching lor a word lo describe Ihe experience hut couldn't decide ' between "boring" and "frustrating." Rosenbloom says, "I remember when we used to talk aboul football." Now most of the sessions are mired in discussion of the league's multitude of legal problems. Although the league rescinded the rule that forced (he Hams lo leave RARE SALE! RICH ROBERTS three disabled starters on active status late last season, "we're not too unhappy that they did it." Steve says. In fact, the Rams voted for it. General manager Don Klosterman says, "I felt at the lime I wanted to say something, bul the overview is mat you don't have to give up a player until he's had a chance to make your team. It's better for the club in that we've invested something in acquiring and developing these players." Klosterman plays it cozy on the subject of Ram interest in I-arry Csonka, who will be declared a free agent by Ihc NFL office one day soon. "He's a good football player." Klosterman concedes coolly, "but then we have a plethora of good backs." Whal will Csonka cost the team thai signs h i m ? Nothing, probably. An NFL source says the league's official, if undeclared, stance is now that compensation for free agents died with the John Mackey ruling in Minnesota, despite the judge's order to "stay" the ruling pending appeal. "The way we have to look at it now," says the source, "is there is no Rozelle Rule " . . . Mario Andrelti still is frustrated that Vel Milelich and ParneNi Jooes haven't made a full commitment to Formula One racing, the only way be wants to go. "I just couldn't walk a w a ^ f r o m it now feeling t h a t I'd given it my best shot," he says In his l!)7fi agreement with the team, Andrctti is contracted to drive the Indianapolis 500, which is the same day as the Monaco Grand Prix, and he figures tn miss several other F-l races while free-lancing for rides. . . . Check signals on Carlos Palomino's shot at welterweight champion John Stracey of F-ngland, who destroyed Hedjjemon I^wls last Saturday. Palomino's only agreement was with I/ewis, in the event he won. "We don't have any kind of promise now," s a y s Palomino's manager, Jackie McCoy. The Olympic's Don Chargin still hopes lo land Stracey or at least malch Palomino (No. V against Armando Munlz (No. 2) in a possible title "elimination," bul only Palomino has signed. Failing that, McCoy is looking lo former champion Jose Napoles. "I would really like tn get that fight," he says--but he won't take Palomino to the Forum, where Napoles has stronger connections. "Chargin's been the guy who helped develop Palomino," McCoy says. . . . English grand prix driver James Hunt, informed that A.J. Foyl had a horse running at a nearby track, commented, "Is that right? Probably drugged up lo the eyebrows." ONCE AROUNfD: Biro credits LBGP exec Peter t'pdyke with developing "a security system that will allow us to colled money from everybody that sees the race." More than 15,000 slipped in free last Seplcmbtr. Sounds like a challenge. . . . The Aztecs continue their exhibition tour with Seattle al Santa Ana Bowl Friday- night al 8 and Ihe Rose Bowl Sunday al 1:30. They won both matches up north last weekend, 1-0 and 3-0, despite missing goalie Graham Horn and two top defenders, who won't report until the end of the month when the English League finishes. . . . Where will the LBGP drivers spend Saturday night, before the race? On past performance before appearances al Onlario or Riverside, some will be watching J.C. Agajanlan's midget races, featuring several Indy drivers, at Ascot Park. . .. I.ule Olson's U. of Iowa basketball team faded late in Ihe season but won its final game against Illinois after Olson said in a pre-garne radio interview that !/jnii Beach's Dan Kro?t "has had an up and down season." Frost played one of his best games. v 2 quarts: *21°° '/2 gallon: 18" iYou save $ 2.55 RARE SCOTCH . (WJ R-*r t \'fl, f'M.i'frjn Corp. N Y

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