Dave Villwock takes unlimited hydroplane opener in Madison | NW Briefs
Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 overpowered the competition Sunday to win unlimited hydroplanes Governor's Cup at the Madison...
MADISON, Ind. — Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 overpowered the competition Sunday to win unlimited hydroplanes Governor's Cup at the Madison Regatta.
"I was in lane two, and the final is the time to leave everything on the table," Villwock, who as a driver has won nine of the past 16 Indiana Governor's Cups, told the Madison Courier. Driver Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, driver Steve David was vying for a third straight title. The hometown favorite finished second.
"I had the lane I wanted, but at that start he (Villwock) had the momentum," said David.
The U-88 Degree Men, driven by Scott Liddycoat, finished third. The U-17 Miss Red Dot, driven by Kip Brown, finished fourth and the U-11 Miss Peters & May — with J.W. Myers at the helm — was fifth.
Choppy waters forced officials to postpone the race for about an hour.
After getting off to a great start, the Spirit of Qatar steadily pulled away.
The unlimited circuit heads to Detroit this weekend.
• UW Husky Cheng-Tsung Pan is tied for the lead after one round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Pan shares the lead with Jace Long at 4-under 67 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah.
• Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who rode I'll Have Another to wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, plans to ride occasionally at Auburn's Emerald Downs, Daily Racing Form reported. The Racing Form, citing Hastings-based owner Glenn Todd, said Gutierrez, 25, already has several mounts at Emerald Downs.
He is to ride Regal Betty in the $50,000 Kent Handicap on Sunday at Emerald; St. Liams Halo in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap July 22 and either St. Liams Halo or Taylor Said in the Longacres Mile on Aug. 19.
Compiled from track and wire reports and other sources.