LET'S IMITATE THE JAPANESE
It took less than an hour for a 60-stall wooden barn at Laurel racetrack to burn down last week. Killed by the fire were 34 horses, valued at about $250,000.
Laurel President John Schapiro issued a long statement intended to show that every possible precaution had been taken to prevent such a tragedy. He announced that the destroyed barn would be reconstructed of "impregnated and slow-burning wood." Concrete block would be cheaper and really fireproof, he conceded, but horsemen prefer wooden barns because they are not as damp as concrete structures.
President Schapiro might take a tip from the Japanese, who stable their horses in wooden buildings, too, but construct them so that there are two doors for each stall. One door opens inside the barn, the other leads outside. In case of fire, the horses are led out to safety. A Japanese groom, at Laurel for the International on November 11, reported that although there have been two major fires at Japanese racetracks in recent years, no horses died in them because of the dual stall openings.
What with the speed of jet airplane travel and the fact that the International Dateline is east of Sydney, Australia, Golfer Jack Nicklaus was able to beat Bruce Devlin 67-70 in the Australian Open playoff, fly to Hawaii and, during a three-hour wait between planes, take a swim in the surf. Both the golf and the swim took place on the same Sunday morning.
A golf fan approached Nicklaus in Honolulu and asked, "How did you make out in Australia?" Nicklaus looked at his watch. "In just about five minutes," he said, "I will beat him by three strokes."
HUNTING AND FISHING BY EAR
The electronic age of sport is upon us, recent developments would indicate.
The quail hunter who does not know how to work his dogs may now attach a three-ounce transmitter to his dog's collar. When he loses sight of the animal, the transmitter will tell him where the dog is and what the dog is doing, at distances up to half a mile. A varying signal indicates the dog is running. A steady signal indicates that he has stopped and is, presumably, on point.