Nobody gets more fun out of racing than Restless Wind's delightfully colorful and controversial owner, Mrs. Richard (Liz) Lunn (SI, June 9). This pair may not win The Garden State, but it won't be for lack of an all-out effort on the part of Liz herself and Trainer Charlie Whiting-ham. The colt, picked up at auction for $10,000, may not want to go quite this far, and their best chance appears to be to play the waiting (or rating) game and hope the front runners burn themselves out. Then the only horse to worry about would be First Landing, which would be fine by Liz, who has always confidently maintained that Restless Wind was the better of the two anyway.
A number of other colts, obviously, will take a crack at The Garden State, but it would be a major surprise if any of them won it. Among those who may try, however, are Winsome Winner, whose hoofs are somewhat suspect; Crafty Skipper, a real speed colt who was cut up a bit in last week's prep; Rico Tesio, qualified on breeding but short on experience against top class; Sherry Prince, improving all the time; and Black Hills, who could be a sleeper. No matter what any of this crop is ready to show us in the way of improvement next season, the guess now is that First Landing is the best 2-year-old around. In fact, I think he's going to win his title the way every racing championship should be decided: by defeating all the other top colts in the land.