In 1957 Kelso, a son of Your Host out of Maid of Flight, a Count Fleet mare, was foaled at Mrs. Richard C. duPont's Woodstock Farm in Maryland. When he was a yearling, it was decided to geld Kelso, because Mrs. duPont's farm manager wanted to simplify the handling of his yearlings and to economize on paddock space by developing the colts as a group with the fillies.
During his two-year-old campaign Kelso raced three times, won once and was second twice, earning a mere $3,380. Then he went on to higher and higher achievements until he surpassed Round Table's alltime money-winning record and became Horse of the Year for an unprecedented four times. Now he has just climaxed his career by at last taking the Washington, D.C., International at Laurel. This feat, after three previous attempts in which he finished second, brought his lifetime earnings to $1,893,362 and should make Kelso Horse of the Year for a fifth term.
There has been speculation (SI, Nov. 11, 1963) that the decision to geld Kelso may have cost Mrs. duPont close to a million dollars in stud fees. But further reflection and calculation indicate that she actually may have made money by the surgery. Stallions are rarely kept in training for seven years and Kelso's stud fee would not have been spectacular since his breeding is not top drawer. If Kelso could have gotten 30 mares at $5,000 each for three years, he would have made Mrs. duPont a mere $450,000 by the end of 1964.
REVENOOERS AT SEA
Immediately after the recent increase in registration fees imposed on powerboats by the state of Florida, 96,740 vessels disappeared from the surface—or at any rate from the tax rolls. Last year more than 216,000 such boats were registered. With the new tax, they dwindled to fewer than 120,000.
Not that there really are fewer boats in Florida waters. The tax applies to craft of 10 or more horsepower. Some owners are now mounting two 9.5-hp motors, explaining with a straight face that the extra one is a spare. Others have registered their boats as commercial fishing vessels, for which the fee is only $1.50, compared to $10 or more for pleasure powerboats.
ONE FOR DR. RHINE
The Indiana Collegiate Conference is a league of seven small Hoosier schools, and it has just ended its league football season. The result: five teams (Butler, Ball State, Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso) tied for first place with 4-2 records; DePauw followed with a 1-5 record; and St. Joseph's ended smartly with an 0-6.
It was a finish that might well confound a Las Vegas oddsmaker. Associate Professor Charles Johnson of DePauw's mathematics department calculated that, eliminating the possibility of tie games, there are 756 ways in which five teams could tie in a seven-team league. With 21 conference games to be won or lost by the teams during a season, the chances of a five-way tie would occur 36 times every 100,000 seasons, or once every 2,777 years. The conference doesn't have to worry about another until 4741 A.D.
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