? James D. Norris certainly needs no publicity from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Horse shows are not judged by the motives of the sponsors, however worthy, but by the quality of the animals and their performances. As Alice Higgins pointed out, competition in the hunter and jumper division was so uneven this year as to be a credit to no one, while the saddle and western classes were excellent. Incidentally, Miss Higgins pronounced last year's Miami show "first-rate" (SI, March 3, 1958).—ED.
I wonder how Mr. Kerr feels after Round Table's race in the Washington's Birthday Handicap? Undoubtedly, his only feeling is one of remorse at having failed to receive $37,300, handed to him on a silver platter.
How a good horse could have been started so shortly after he had developed a quarter crack in his right front hoof is beyond my comprehension. Naturally, he now has a left front hoof injury as well.
It is not trying to run against other fine horses that is going to ruin this good and honest animal, but the quest after the almighty dollar.
What happened to the resolution to retire Round Table after he became the biggest money winner in turf history?
REN�E H. O'DONOHUE
DEEDS AND SAILS
I have been very much impressed with the excellent coverage afforded the America's Cup races, and in particular the articles by Carleton Mitchell.
I would love to see the next defense of the America's Cup deviate from a match race to one involving perhaps six or seven boats of the 12-meter class from various countries around the world. I think that this is a truer test of the abilities and technique of both skipper and crew and would stimulate considerably more interest than there now is in America's Cup races. Unquestionably, the deed of gift would have to be changed to permit this type of racing.
An item in the February 9th article by Carleton Mitchell attracted my attention, and I quote, "I was telephoned by a member of Sceptre's afterguard, for example, that same evening and asked if I would approach John Matthews of Vim and Henry Mercer of Weatherly to see if a drifting genoa could be borrowed."
Was it borrowed?
R. E. MUNSON
?No. Between 8 a.m. the next day and 5:30 a.m. the following morning Sceptre's George Colin Ratsey produced a drifting genoa in the City Island loft of his American sailmaking brother Ernest Ratsey.—ED.
CALM NERVES AT TEXAS A&M
Anyone I have ever talked to has the utmost respect for Horton Smith, but we can't help feeling he is "underinformed" when he criticizes the use of Ripple Sole golf shoes on putting greens (EVENTS & DISCOVERIES, Feb. 16). Before me I have the complete report of the tests conducted by the USGA at Texas A&M. Far from deflecting a golf ball on the putting green, the report states, "when the ball was rolled toward the cup on undisturbed Bermuda-grass turf, 17 out of 25 balls went into the cup. When crossing a Ripple Sole print, 20 out of 25 went into the cup."