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Menifee picks up win at Haskell

Trainer Elliott Walden made all the right decisions and Menifee did the rest, roaring down the stretch to win the $1-million Haskell Invitation Sunday by a half-length at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Walden, who has won the Whitney, Haskell and Jim Dandy in the past week, scratched Ecton Park from the Haskell and in favor of the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Sunday, which he won easily.

Meanwhile, Menifee who went off as the 3-2 favorite, stalked Forestry and Cat Thief from the halfway mark. Then Menifee, ridden by Pat Day, rushed past his rivals to win in 1:48.6.

"It was a great performance," Day said. "This was reminiscent of his races in the Derby and the Preakness (both seconds)."

Menifee is 5-0 against Cat Thief and has three wins this season.

"He obviously likes this track," said Walden referring to the site where Menifee broke his maiden in his first race last summer.

Menifee's win was worth $600,000 and increased his lifetime earnings to $1.485-million.

In the Jim Dandy at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Ecton Park raced to a 5{-length victory in the 36th running of the $300,000, Grade II race.

Lemon Drop Kid, winner of the Belmont Stakes, was a well-beaten runner-up in the seven-horse field. It was another 2 lengths to Badger Gold.

Ecton Park covered 1[ miles in 1:49:2 on a sloppy track.

TRACK AND FIELD: Donovan Bailey clocked his fastest time since his comeback at the Cologne Grand Prix in Germany. Bailey finished third in the 100 meters in 10.3 seconds, his best showing since a career-threatening Achilles' tendon injury. "I'm slowly coming back," said Bailey, the Olympic champion. Obadele Thompson won in 10.08. Ludmilla Engquist, the 110 hurdles Olympic champion, ran her second race in a week after deciding to compete despite ongoing therapy for breast cancer. She trailed from the start and finished in 12.7. Olga Shishingina won in 12.53. "I just want to show the whole world that with enormous personal effort even severe illness can be overcome," Engquist said. The doctor who tested Linford Christie's urine sample and found it to be 100 times above the legal nandrolone level says it couldn't have been produced naturally.

SWIMMING: The results of the Atlantic City (N.J.) Ocean Marathon are in doubt after the international swimming federation voted to uphold suspensions of David Meca-Medina and Igor Majcen. FINA suspended Meca-Medina and Majcen in May, saying both tested positive for steroids during the Jan. 31 World Cup event in Brazil. FINA temporarily stayed the suspensions Aug. 2, allowing the swimmers to compete in Atlantic City. Meca-Medina won Saturday's race in record time. Majcen was third.

HOCKEY: A bank has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Buffalo Sabres to get the name of city's arena changed. HSBC, formerly Marine Midland Bank, bought 20-year naming rights on Marine Midland Arena for $15-million in 1995. But the bank and club disagree on whether the bank's corporate name change gives it the right to change the arena name.

BOXING: Late Saturday, Shannon Briggs kept alive his big plans for a fight with Mike Tyson _ barely. The heavyweight survived with a 10-round draw against Francois Botha. Botha unleashed a blistering 10th-round assault that left Briggs on the verge of going down. All three judges awarded Botha a 10-8 round, enabling him to obtain a 94-94 score on two cards; the third had it 95-92 in Botha's favor. The result was a draw by majority decision. "I thought I could just walk through his punches because I thought his power was not all that," Briggs said. "I thought I would knock him out. But he was cagey, and he was very slick."

SWIMMING: Kaitlin Sandeno, fresh off a bus ride from the Pan Am Games, won the 400-meter individual medley in the National Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Sandeno's time of 4 minutes, 42.92 seconds earned the 16-year-old her second national title. Jenny Thompson recorded another national championship by winning the 200 freestyle in 2:00.19. It was the 22nd career national title for Thompson, 26, who moved into 10th place on the career list.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The Florida women's team released its 1999-2000 schedule. Road games against national champion Purdue on Nov. 26 and Southeastern Conference champion Tennessee on Feb. 13 are the highlights.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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