Originally created 02/20/00

Overtime: Female angler lands record lake sturgeon



Wendy Balsley struggled for more than three hours on Lake of the Woods near Baudette, Minn., just to reel in a fish.

It's no wonder it took that long -- the lake sturgeon she landed was 5-foot-2, only an inch shorter than Balsley. Her effort was worth it, though, as it appears she now holds the ice-fishing world record for lake sturgeon.

Balsley caught the 65-pound fish Saturday on Lake of the Woods' Zippel Bay.

She is registering the fish through the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.

"The people in Hayward tell me this should be the record on rod and reel through the ice," Balsley said.

Rob Kilby of HORSE RACING: Real Quiet, winner of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has been retired.

Real Quiet arrived this week at The Vinery, near Lexington, Ky., where he will stand at stud.

Real Quiet cracked a bone in his leg in August and missed the remainder of the season, including the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Trained by Bob Baffert, 5-year-old Real Quiet had 20 starts and finished with a record of 6-5-6. The colt, purchased by Mike Pegram for $17,000, had lifetime earnings of $3,271,802.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Real Quiet missed the Triple Crown by losing to Victory Gallop in the Belmont by a nose.

High Yield took the early lead, shook off a challenge on the final turn, and beat Hal's Hope by 3 3/4 length in Saturday's $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

Sent away as the favorite by a crowd of 16,582, High Yield established himself as one of the horses to beat in this year's Kentucky Derby. High Yield, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, paid $6.80, $4 and $3. Hal's Hope held off Elite Mercedes in the 11-horse field.

The time was 1:42.56 in the 1 1-16-mile race, the first Grade I stakes this year on the East Coast for 3-year-olds.

HONORED: Jim Simpson and Jerry Izenberg have been chosen for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame in Salisbury, N.C.

Rick Reilly was selected sportswriter of the year for the sixth time, and Dan Patrick was picked as the group's sportscaster of the year.

Simpson has worked for NBC, ESPN, ABC, CBS and TNT and has covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, major bowl games, baseball and Grand Slam events in tennis and golf. Izenberg has been a daily columnist for the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., for 39 years and has written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles.