WATER OF LIFE
Nashua, the onetime record money-winner ($1,288,565) who brought a onetime
record selling price ($1,251-200), now seems odds-on to set more records at
stud. Thirteen of the 19 foals in his first crop have already made it to the
races, six winning and three placing. On the basis of this showing, 10
yearlings by Nashua were sold at Saratoga and Keeneland for an average price of
$42,000. Leslie Combs, who headed the syndicate that bought Nashua, sold six
shares in the 8-year-old stallion recently for $60,000 each (compared to the
original $39,100). "What I'm most tickled about," said Combs, "is
that all six of Nashua's winners so far were foaled and raised on my
Spendthrift Farm. You just can't beat that water." One thing that
Spendthrift water won't do is quench Leslie Combs's blazing modesty.
appetite sharpened by the current Olympics, a 45-year-old horse trainer from
Glen Head, N.Y. has cooked up a potpourri of athletic events he calls the
Sportsman's Decathlon. "The 10 events I've picked," says William Dobbs,
"best test a man's physical fitness and all-round ability." What's
more, Dobbs will put his money where his muscle is, offers to bet $10,000 he
can lick all challengers—provided they're his age or older.
Decathlon, to be completed within a week's time, includes:
2) Riding: taking a horse over 10 jumps in a show ring.
3) Track: 100-yard dash.
4) Water skiing: 10-minute run up and down a regulation slalom course.
5) Motor sports: 20 laps around a half-mile dirt track.
6) Shooting: 15 rounds with a .22 rifle at 100 yards.
7) Gymnastics: 50-foot rope climb.
8) Tennis: two out of three sets.
9) Golf: 18 holes, medal play.
10) Sailing: racing a 40-foot yawl, singlehandedly, over a 150-mile course.
Dobbs says, will be worked out when a $10,000 challenge is forthcoming.
Meanwhile, he is training for only one of the 10 events. "I can hardly
break 100," he says, "but every 45-year-old plays golf, so I had to
said a friend of Snead, "I've got someone who can beat you, and $5,000 to
bet on it."
"Amateur or a
pro?" said Snead.
amateur," said the friend.