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Traitor wins at Ocala

In 1953, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt sent out two horses in the Kentucky Derby. His Native Dancer lost a heartbreaking photo finish to 24-1 Dark Star, while Social Outcast finished seventh in the field of 11. The 84-year-old Marylander hasn't sent a horse to the Derby since.

And, if Vanderbilt is going to send one to this year's Derby, he isn't letting anyone know yet. Vanderbilt's Traitor made his return Monday and won over Hamilton Creek by a head in the $100,000 OBS Championship at the Ocala Breeders' Training Center.

Is Traitor committed to going to the 123rd Kentucky Derby?

"No," said Vanderbilt. "No," said trainer Mary Eppler. "We've gotta get to the next race first. Whatever that race is."

CIGAR: A $25-million insurance claim over Cigar's infertility is settled, and Allen Paulson will try to buy back the two-time Horse of the Year. "The horse is infertile, and the insurers have agreed to the settlement," said Terence Minehan, managing director of Nelson Stevenson Bloodstock.

MORE HORSES: Two jockeys toppled from their horses at the Aiken (S.C.) Steeplechase and were taken to the hospital, one with severe head injuries. George Perry was in the intensive care unit at Aiken Regional Medical Centers with a cerebral hemorrhage, The State reported. Brian Korrell was treated and released, officials said. Dancin Renee, the odds-on favorite, galloped to a four-length victory in the $55,950 Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct.

BOXING: Six-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez reiterated critical comments concerning Top Rank Inc. promoter Bob Arum. Chavez faces Tony Martin on Saturday in a 10-round non-title bout on the undercard of the Michael Moorer-Vaughn Bean IBF heavyweight title fight. Chavez recently called Arum a "liar and a racist" during a conference call. "All he did was use me," Chavez said. "He took advantage of me because I needed somebody at that moment." Prosecutors added Don King's boxing promotion company to the criminal case against him, alleging that the company also committed insurance fraud after a 1991 bout was canceled when a boxer was injured.

RUNNING: Olympic marathon gold medalist Mamo Wolde was among 73 people arraigned on charges of participating in mass killings and torture in the 1970s during the military regime in Ethiopia. Wolde, 65, the 1968 Olympic champion, has been imprisoned since 1992. He is accused of involvement in the killings of some 2,000 political opponents of Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam from 1974 to 1978.

TRACK AND FIELD: International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch said the U.S. track and field federation should buy out the contract of its lame-duck leader _ Ollan Cassell, who was voted out of office last December _ and get on with trying to rebuild a slumping sport. Cassell's contract does not end until next March.

BASKETBALL: General Motors Corp. signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the new Women's NBA. The automaker will use WNBA players and logos in advertisements. Terms weren't disclosed, but advertising industry journals said GM paid $12- to $15-million. North Carolina prep star Tracy McGrady, who has announced he will forego college to enter the NBA draft, was among 20 players invited to participate in Magic's Roundball Classic, hosted by Magic Johnson, April 6 at Auburn Hills, Mich. Myron Anthony of Jacksonville Beach Fletcher also has been invited.

BOWLING: Norm Duke jumped out to the early lead in the PBA National Championship at Toledo, Ohio. Fewer than half of the 176 players averaged 200 for the opening round of eight games. He had a 1,947-pin total, a 243.3 average. George Branham III is second with 1,824, followed by Tommy Delutz Jr., Jeff Morin and Bob Spaulding. John Woessner averaged 242.78 for nine games to take the first-round lead in the Showboat PBA Senior Open at South Bend, Ind. Woessner was 17 pins in front of Gary Dickinson and 45 ahead of Pete Couture.

BASEBALL: Ted Williams, whose Hall of Fame for hitters is located in Citrus County, received the Hero of Baseball Award from the Society for American Baseball Research. The award is presented to a personality who has distinguished himself on and off the field. Williams was the last major-leaguer to hit .400 and flew 39 combat missions during the Korean War.

SKIING: Kristina Koznick won the slalom by more than 1{ seconds at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Carrabassett Valley, Maine. She had a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 30.05 seconds. Carrie Sheinberg was second in 1:31.68.

SOCCER: The Portuguese internal affairs minister said police were justified in firing rubber bullets and anti-riot pellets at Manchester United fans after last week's European Champions Cup game at FC Porto. Alberto Costa said the police report showed officers "performed their duty."

SOFTBALL: The Kids & Kubs senior team will face the Florida Spirit over-55 women's team at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Shore Field. Players over 80 will play for the Kids & Kubs. Admission is free. The regular Kids & Kubs over-75 team will play at 1 p.m.

CRICKET: Some 300 Malaysians from the fundamentalist Malaysian Islamic Party protested against the presence of an Israeli team in Kuala Lumpur, witnesses said. The protesters shouted slogans against Israel and carrying placards.

OBITUARY: Fred Anderson, owner of the CFL's first U.S.-based franchise _ the Sacramento Gold Miners _ died at 73. He moved the team to San Antonio in 1995, and the franchise folded before the 1996 season.

GOLF: Florida's men were tied for third at 595, nine strokes behind leader UNLV, at the Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas.

COLLEGE TENNIS: Florida's men lost at Auburn 5-2. Freshman Justin O'Neal and sophomore Amr El Sawaf won singles matches for the Gators (8-5 overall, 4-3 SEC).

_ BERNIE DICKMAN, TIMES WIRES

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