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February 4, 1987
The United States regained yachting's most prized trophy Wednesday when Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, representing the San Diego Yacht Club, defeated Iain Murray's Kookaburra III off Fremantle, Australia, to win the America's Cup. The victory, which gave Conner a 4-0 sweep of the best-of-seven final series, was particularly sweet for the 44-year-old San Diegan who in 1983 became the first American to lose the cup that the United States had held for 132 years.
May 5, 1989
Seventeen classes of drag boats will compete in the season-opening Spring Classic this weekend at Lake Castaic. Starting with today's test runs, the weekend of racing continues with qualifying at 8 a.m. Saturday and elimination runs at 8 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the Lake Castaic entrance and Ticketron outlets. The boats race at speeds in excess of 200 m.p.h, and drivers compete for purses of more than $30,000. Attractions include displays of vintage hot-rod and custom cars and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle show adjacent to the drag-boat pit areas.
May 29, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
British cyclist Chris Walker, racing alone for the last 46 miles, won the first stage of the Milk Race by more than a minute over teammate and compatriot Dave Rayner. Walker finished the 114-mile stage from Land's End to Plymouth in 4 hours, 42 minutes, 50 seconds. He is also the overall leader by 54 seconds over Briton Cayn Theakston, who won Sunday's prologue.
April 24, 1987
Fairplex Park, located at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, opens 13 weeks of harness racing tonight at 7:30, which will be first post time throughout the 67-night run. There will be 10 races each night Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11 races on Friday and Saturday nights.
January 13, 1986 | Associated Press
Junior Johnson, a Hall of Fame stock car driver and successful car owner, has been granted a presidential pardon for a moonshining conviction in 1956. Johnson, 54, a lifelong resident of nearby Wilkes County in the Brushy Mountains, was convicted of manufacturing non-tax-paid whiskey after being arrested at his father's still. He served 11 months, until October, 1957, in the federal penitentiary in Chillicothe, Ohio. "I filed a request for a pardon just over five years ago," Johnson said.
October 4, 2003
The great mare Azeri throws in a stinker after winning 11 consecutive races and her owner, Michael Paulson, castigates Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and indirectly criticizes trainer Laura de Seroux on her choice of races. Obviously the class exhibited by the late Allen Paulson was not passed on to his son, as in 1996 when Cigar's remarkable streak came to an end at Del Mar, the late Mr. Paulson did not complain about Cigar's jockey (Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey) misjudging the pace and getting Cigar "cooked."
April 4, 1987 | Bill Billiter
Orange Coast College's nationally ranked rowing team has a new racing shell made possible by $12,000 in alumni donations. The new, eight-man shell was accepted last month by the college's current crew team and David A. Grant, college director of marine activities. The shell was christened the Connie Johnson, as a tribute to the college's 1971-81 boathouse rigger. Johnson has retired because of health problems, but he is still a frequent visitor to the boathouse on Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
May 14, 1989
Until the rise of the doctrine of white superiority, Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC) was generally pictured as "coloured." Shakespeare, in "Antony and Cleopatra," calls her "tawny." (In his day mulattoes were called "Tawny-Moors.") In Act I, Scene 5, Cleopatra calls herself black: "Think on me, that am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black." C. W. King, in "Antique Gems and Rings," 1872, says, "As late as the 16th Century, Cleopatra was regarded as a Negro woman." Plutarch describes her as "a brown-skin girl with crinkly hair and voluptuous figure."
January 18, 1986 | Bill Christine
John Veitch, like Wayne Lukas, is another trainer who is disturbed by the Eclipse Awards voting for 1985. Lukas thought his 3-year-old filly, Lady's Secret, deserved the divisional championship, instead of Mom's Command. Veitch, who trains Proud Truth, was surprised that Spend a Buck won the 3-year-old colt title and thought that if his horse couldn't have won, even Chief's Crown would have been more deserving than Spend a Buck.
March 15, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Laffit Pincay, riding maiden and claiming horses Saturday as though they were running in the Kentucky Derby, became the first jockey to win seven races in one day at Santa Anita. After sitting out the first race, Pincay won the next six, tying a Santa Anita record for successive wins that had been set by Bill Shoemaker in 1962.
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