TURF: HOW TO MAKE A MILLION
I am not one for writing letters to magazines, but the campaign that Round Table has been subjected to has amazed me to the extent that I feel forced to express my views.
First of all, I must say "cheers!" to the fact that Round Table is now the leading equine millionaire. His owner admitted that all he wanted was to have Round Table pass Nashua's record. I hope his owner is now satisfied and that at last his bread winner will get a much-needed rest. Having been shipped around the country to run in races where the pickings were easy and the stakes high, then taking a trip to Mexico to make $31,800 in the Caliente Handicap, his financial record is not astounding. That race was certainly a giveaway and a joke.
Round Table is a good horse, indeed a very good one, honest and big-hearted. A great horse? No. To compare him to Seabiscuit, Citation or such, is like comparing night to day, and had such horses run when they could pick up $100,000 almost any week, Round Table would be moved far down the line.
I am ashamed to admit that I have actually rooted against a good horse. I am so fed up with the quest for money and the publicity. May it stop now!
A good horse, an honest one and surely stout-hearted! I salute him and only wish he had been owned and campaigned by one who really loved Thoroughbreds, not publicity and money records.
RENEE N. O'DONOHUE
OUTER BANKS: GO, GO, GO
My wife and I spent several happy days on the Outer Banks about a year ago, and we second everything Virginia Kraft wrote, in her fine article (Down the Banks to Ocracoke, SI, Oct. 6). We're even more enthusiastic than she and would like to make a couple of small amendments.
There are plenty of other places to stay in Nags Head besides the Carolinian (which we think is tops). For instance, there are motels, such as Campbell's Cottages, which are comfortable, warm and reasonable.
There used to be another way of getting to Ocracoke besides taking the boat from Atlantic. You could ferry across the inlet from Hatteras and ride the mail jeep down the beach, which was lots more fun. I'm sorry to learn the road has finally been completed. Progress isn't always for the best.
Ocean-front property was still available on Hatteras (up to the time of your article anyway) at about 1/5 the price of comparable Florida property. Hatteras is only a one-day fast drive from New York City.
New York City
?There is no longer any ocean-front property available. The last of it went this spring to complete the National Park seashore project.—ED.