At long last, trainer Nick Zito will find out what it's like to be inducted into horse racing's Hall of Fame instead of attending the ceremony and wondering.
"I remember just about every one of them, and I just loved it," Zito said yesterday after being elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. "I just wanted to know how it would feel someday, like everybody else. Anybody that says they don't want to be in there, they're just not human. It's a great, great honor."
Zito, voted into the hall in his eighth year of eligibility, will be inducted Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., along with three standouts in steeplechase racing -- jockey Thomas Walsh, trainer Sidney Watters Jr. and five-time champion Lonesome Glory.
* AUTO RACING: A drag racer was killed after his car crashed into a guard rail in front of about 100 spectators in Orangeburg, S.C. Harold Dean Martin, 53, died at Orangeburg Drag Strip from severe head injuries after he was partially ejected from his 1960s-era Chevrolet Nova. . . . The group driving Virginia's effort to land the NASCAR Hall of Fame has submitted its bid to bring the hall to Richmond. Other cities that have submitted their plans are: Charlotte; Atlanta; Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Kansas City, Kan.
* PRO FOOTBALL: The Green Bay Packers will retire Reggie White's number at halftime ceremonies of their home opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 18.
Team president Bob Harlan said he had told White before his death in December that he wanted to add his No. 92 to the retired numbers listed in the north end zone at Lambeau Field. White, who suffered from a respiratory ailment, died Dec. 26 at age 43. . . .
Kalimba Edwards of the Detroit Lions was arraigned on charges of resisting arrest and failing to produce a driver's license during a weekend traffic stop in Southfield, Mich.
* OBITUARY: Herbert Warren Wind, the writer who coined the term "Amen Corner" at Augusta National, died Monday. He was 89. Wind died of pneumonia at a nursing facility in Bedford, Mass.
Wind, a master of exquisite prose for more than four decades, was renowned for his lengthy profiles during two stints with the New Yorker and for Sports Illustrated.
* WNBA: Lisa Leslie scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Sparks rallied in the second half for an 81-70 victory over the winless visiting San Antonio Silver Stars.
-- From News Services