RIVALS FOR ROYALTY
While reading Whitney Tower's recent article on Pia Star (Rise of a Star Named Pia, Aug. 2), I noticed something that I didn't like very much. Some people were saying that Kelso in his prime was equal to Man o' War in his, but Man o' War never raced in what would have been his "prime." I think I'm right in saying a racehorse reaches his prime at age 4 or 5, but Big Red quit racing in his third year. Comparing Kelso, the second greatest horse that hit our turf, to a 3-year-old is proof enough for me that Man o' War is still, and always will be, the King of the Turf.
S. M. TENERELLI
U.S. Naval Base, Guant�namo Bay, Cuba
A couple of years ago I wrote you concerning your most interesting article, Move Over, Man o' War (Nov. 11, 1963), in which you claimed that Kelso was superior to Man o' War. My letter (19TH HOLE, Dec. 16, 1963) was most vehement in defense of Man o' War.
Having seen Kelso win the Whitney at Saratoga (the first time I have ever seen him in the flesh), I must now eat humble pie and admit unequivocally that, in my opinion, Kelso is the equal of Man o' War! Never have I witnessed a more stirring horse race and never have I seen a gamer performance.
As a true lover of Thoroughbred racing for the past 53 years in England, France, Italy, the U.S., Canada, Africa and the West Indies, I was also heartened by the action of the crowd on Whitney Day. Recently I was beginning to think that the average bettor was more interested in numbers than in horseflesh. But this was not so when Kelso came thundering down the last eighth, making up at least three lengths on the game Malicious to win in a photo finish!
I honestly believe every soul among the 23,000 spectators was screaming for Kelso. In fact, I noticed one spectator beside me, who was tearing up a large bundle of parimutuel tickets after the result became official, applauding wildly and with tears of joy in his eyes when the great gelding jogged back to the winner's circle.
It was a day I shall never forget!
J. K. M. Ross
?Mr. Ross, son of J.K.L. Ross, owner of the first Triple Crown winner (Sir Barton in 1919), is in a position to know.—ED.
UP DELAWARE CO.!
To be sure, this doesn't happen every week of the month. But I would like to point out that in the FOR THE RECORD column of your August 30 issue, you mention no less than three residents of one Pennsylvania county—golfer Andy Thompson and swimmers Mary Ellen Olcese and Martha Randall. Let's see another county top that!
The county, incidentally, is Delaware (pop. 575,000), located in southeastern Pennsylvania. You may have heard of some of its other natives: Danny Murtaugh, Mickey Vernon, Lew Krausse, Steve Courtin, Carl Robie, the Nilon brothers, Lonesome End Bill Carpenter, Dick Christy, Pat Traynor and Ben Martin, to name a few from recent sports annals.
One you obviously haven't heard of, however, is the 1964 All-State first-team quarterback from Ridley Township High School—John Waller. It was Waller who threw Pennsylvania's touchdown pass in the recent Big 33 game with Texas, not Bob Naponic (Texas Teeners Strike Back, Aug. 23).