In addition to operating his Hollywood hospital, Athena Medusa, Franklyn owns a 50-acre breeding farm and says he has had "an affiliation" with horses for 30 years. But his name and his racing colors, which he describes as solid gold, are unfamiliar to officials at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park.
Vaguely Noble is certain to change the doctor's sporting anonymity. No sale in the history of British racing had created such a surge of bidding and excitement. Some 4,000 spectators attended the sale, and British bookies reported heavy betting after they had quoted odds on possible price ranges. "Half the Thoroughbred world was after the colt," says Franklyn, and he is far from wrong.
Whatever fame the horse does bring Franklyn, it will not be the doctor's first venture into international affairs. Several years ago he was introduced to Nikita Khrushchev. When the Russian premier found out the doctor was a plastic surgeon, he asked, grinning, "What can you do for me?"
"Well, nothing," Franklyn replied. "But I'll be very happy to talk to Mrs. Khrushchev."