Originally created 09/01/01


Injury ends Point Given's racing career

Point Given, the strapping chestnut colt who became America's Horse, will not race again because of a leg injury.

"It's a big blow," trainer Bob Baffert said Friday at Del Mar in announcing Point Given's retirement because of a strain to a tendon in his left foreleg. "I've never had a horse like this. The following this horse was building up was great."

Point Given followed up his disappointing fifth-place finish as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby with victories in the other two Triple Crown races, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

He then won before record crowds in the Haskell Invitation Handicap on Aug. 5 and the Travers last Saturday.

Baffert said it was not known when the colt hurt himself, but that the injury was discovered Thursday at Del Mar.

Dr. Vince Baker, a veterinarian, said the injury would take up to six months to heal.

The son of Thunder Gulch - who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers - already had cemented his claim to the 3-year-old championship and retires as the leader in the paper chase for Horse of the Year.

Point Given leaves with earnings of $3,98,500 on a record of nine wins and three seconds in 13 starts. Nine of his last 10 starts were in Grade 1 stakes, and he won six of them and finished second in two others.

BOXING: Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis just don't like each other - and they don't have much use for ESPN, either.

A day after they wrestled on national television, Rahman and Lewis got together Friday to trade insults once again and spread the blame for a scuffle that most likely drew more viewers than their first heavyweight title fight.

With a guard standing by to keep them apart, they ended up agreeing on two things - the second fight will be personal and bitter, and they weren't the only ones to blame for Thursday's debacle.

"Gary Miller definitely instigated the whole thing," Rahman said of the ESPN host. "He sat us together and provoked the whole thing."

It also figures to bring up ticket and pay-per-view sales for the Nov. 17 rematch, which will earn each fighter $10 million.

AUTO RACING: A federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, denied an attempt by CART to dismiss or move to another venue a lawsuit stemming from a cancellation of an April 29 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The speedway sued CART in May, seeking millions of dollars lost because of the postponement of the inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 just two hours before it was to start.

CART postponed the race after 21 of 25 drivers experienced dizziness or disorientation during two days of practice at more than 230 mph on the 1 1/2 -mile track. The track's 24-degree banking was unprecedented for the Champ cars.


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