Cryptocloser, with Willie Martinez aboard, cruised to an impressive 5-1/2-length victory over a field of eight in the $111,200 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto, establishing himself as the likely favorite for the Queen’s Plate.
The Queen’s Plate, to be run June 29 at Woodbine, is Canada’s biggest race for 3-year-olds and is the oldest race in North America, having first been held in 1860.
UNLV’s Preston Williams won the men’s all-around title in the College National Finals Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D., combining with Scottsdale’s Cody Willson to take the team roping crown.
Williams finished with 182.5 points, 17.5 more than runner-up Rusty Allen of Weber State. Weber State’s Kelli Fowers, the goat-tying champion, took the women’s all-around title with 375 points.
Panhandle State took the men’s team title with 703.33 points, followed by Southwestern Oklahoma State at 622.5 and Dickinson State at 565. Weber State topped the women’s standings with 747.5, followed by Montana with 490.
Brazil struck for two late goals to tie Italy 3-3 in Lyon, France, in a rematch of the 1994 World Cup championship, leaving England the winner of the Tournoi de France with a game to spare.