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Ramblin' Reck

June 30, 2014

Tom Reck: July a big month for local sports

TERRE HAUTE — It’s the first day of July, a month full of golf tournaments and racing — all types of racing — and youth baseball tournaments.

Live thoroughbred horse racing is scheduled Thursday at Ellis Park and will continue each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

Post time is 12:50 p.m. CDT at the track located in the Evansville-Henderson (Ky.) area.

Harness racing is on tap in Illinois, starting with the Martinsville Agricultural Fair. Races are set for next Tuesday through Thursday with thoroughbreds on the track July 11. Post time is 1 p.m. CDT daily.

More harness races are slated at the Edgar County Fair at Paris on July 21-22.

U.S. Auto Club sprint car racing will be the feature of a special holiday card on Friday at Lincoln Park Speedway at Putnamville, with sprint midseason championship action set for Saturday.

Regular racing is set for Friday at Bloomington Speedway and for Friday and Saturday at Crossroads Dragway, with a Fast 33 at 330 event on Saturday’s dragway card. At Tri-State Speedway, the late model Summernationals is Sunday.

The Brickyard 400 and a Nationwide Series race will be run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 26-27.

The Firecracker Open golf tournament will be played Friday at Hulman Links. Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Mundy’s Game 1 is this weekend at the course.

The Brazil Open is at Forest Park on July 12-13 and the Terre Haute men’s city tournament will be played the final two weekends of the month at Rea Park and Hulman Links.

The women’s city tourney also will be played this month at Rea Park.

Cloverdale native Chad Collins missed the cut for the PGA Tour action last week and had good company on the sidelines, with Tiger Woods not making it in his return to the links.

And a event was played at Victoria National last week.

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• Tom-Cattin’ It —  Indiana University is looking for a new baseball coach since Tracy Smith has resigned to go to Arizona State.

Smith was at IU for nine seasons as the head man, taking one team to the College World Series and compiling a 287-237 record.

In case you missed it, Vanderbilt won the College World Series this  year, besting Virginia in the finals to finish 51-21.

• Managers of Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Owen County hope to have nine holes open for play this week.

• Michael Jordan’s ex-wife sold a penthouse recently for $3.2 million. She received it as part of a divorce settlement.

• Everett Duncan of Evansville Harrison said he will join his brother Ernie at Vermont to play college basketball. The 6-foot-6 ace averaged 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.

• Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer was scheduled to be on the mound against the New York Yankees on Monday. A win would make him 5-0 in his first five starts against the Yankees; the only other pitcher to do that was Walter Johnson.

• The National Anthem is played at most sports events in America. This year marks the bicentennial of the words written by Francis Scott Key.

• Former Purdue basketball player Curt Clawson has won a special election for Congress in Florida.

• Oft-injured 7-footer Peter Jurkin is leaving IU and will transfer to complete his basketball eligibility. IU is down to 11 scholarship players.

• The Paris (Ill.) Laker 14-under baseball team recently won a state championship.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at 812-232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.


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