Verrazano romps in Haskell
Verrazano powered to a 9¾-length victory Sunday in the $1.01 million William Hill Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
The colt’s winning margin was a Haskell record, surpassing Bluegrass Cat’s 7-length score in 2006.
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Favored Verrazano, ridden by John Velazquez, ran 11
8 miles in 1 minute, 50.68 seconds and paid $4.20 to win in the Grade I race.
“He made a big statement today,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’s as impressive as there is with the 3-year-olds right now.”
Power Broker was second, 6 lengths in front of third-place Micromanage. Preakness winner Oxbow was fourth in the field of seven as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering.
Verrazano’s only loss in seven starts was a 14th-place finish in the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
Points Offthebench prevails
Points Offthebench beat Goldencents by a head in the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar, near San Diego.
Points Offthebench, trained by Tim Yakteen and ridden by Mike Smith, ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.04. The 4-year-old gelding paid $8.80 to win in the $300,250 race. Goldencents, the lone 3-year-old in the field of six, was favored at 19-10.
Adrian starts with a silver
Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was part of a U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team that finished second to France at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.
France won in 3:11.18 and the Americans had a time of 3:11.42.
Meanwhile, the U.S. women won their 400 free relay in 3:32.31, using a strong anchor leg by Megan Romano to set an American record and edge Australia (3:32.43).
Thus Missy Franklin, 18, has one gold medal in her quest to win a record eight at worlds.
Katie Ledecky, 16, won the 400 free in an American-record 3:59.82.
Retired Michael Phelps, a winner of 18 Olympic gold medals, attended. The American has a boot cast on his right foot, the result of an apparently minor stress fracture that worsened when he played golf last week.
N. Carolina suspends Hairston
North Carolina suspended leading scorer P.J. Hairston from the team, hours after state police pulled him over for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner announced the junior guard’s indefinite suspension in a three-sentence statement.
It marked the latest off-court misstep for Hairston, who had been cited twice in the span of a month while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon. Authorities dropped one set of those charges last week.
Top-seeded Isner triumphs
Top-seeded John Isner won the Atlanta Open, beating second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2) in the tallest final in ATP history.
The 6-foot-10 Isner, who lost in the Atlanta final in 2010 and ’11 to fellow American Mardy Fish, won his seventh career title. Anderson is 6 feet 8.
Cibulkova wins at Stanford
Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and took the Bank of the West Classic final in Stanford, Calif.
The 5-foot-3 Cibulkova has three WTA singles titles and improved to 1-3 against Radwanska.
Kiwis go 5-0 against Italians
Emirates Team New Zealand beat Italy’s Luna Rossa by 3 minutes, 21 seconds in their final meeting in the round-robins in the America’s Cup challenger trials on San Francisco Bay.
As the points leader in the round-robins, the Kiwis had the choice of advancing straight to the Louis Vuitton Cup final or picking their opponent for the semifinals. Skipper Dean Barker said while the Kiwis considered getting in more racing time, they have decided to advance straight to the finals in order to continue development of their 72-foot catamaran.
That leaves Luna Rossa to face Artemis Racing of Sweden in the semifinals starting Aug. 6. The Louis Vuitton Cup finals begin Aug. 17, with the winner advancing to face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting Sept. 7.
Team New Zealand went 5-0 against the Italians, including the opening race that Italy boycotted because of a rules spat.
In their four head-to-head matchups, the Kiwis were so dominant the Italians twice were officially ruled a DNF — did not finish — because they crossed the finish line more than five minutes behind Team New Zealand.
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