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Now Nevele Pride, syndicated this year for $3 million, will enter the stud (his fee: $10,000), and his owners should make a mint on him if his progeny turn out to be half as good as the old man. While the syndicate was dreaming of the future, Dancer revealed something that almost happened in the past.
"I was thinking of making a gelding out of him," Dancer said. "He was kind of mean and miserable as a 2-year-old. I had three different men give up on trying to take care of him. It was one of those cases where a couple of times I almost picked up the phone to ask to have him gelded."
Happily, Dancer never made the phone call. If he had, perhaps now harness-racing people would be looking upon Nevele Pride with the same rueful regret with which thoroughbred horsemen view a gelding named Kelso.
COST OF LEAVING
Gary Player was bemoaning the life of a professional athlete recently. "People say I earn $500,000 a year," he noted, "and they may be right. But they forget that I have to leave my family and chase all over the world for it. Last week I was walking with my son in Johannesburg and he said he hoped it would rain so that I wouldn't have to go away. What sort of price do you put on that sacrifice?"
Just as a guess, how about $500,000?
MOSES OF WATERLOO
Lew Alcindor was spotted as a basketball superstar when he was still in high school, and now football is beginning to focus in on its own high school phenom. His name is Jerry Moses, he's 17, 6'2" and 195 pounds, and he's a running back for East High in Waterloo, Iowa. East High has been rated the best high school team in Iowa for three straight years while running up a 34-game winning streak, which means that Moses is moving in fairly fast company. He was All-State in 1968 and is a shoo-in this season. In his first five games this year, he made 22 touchdowns, scored 148 points, gained 927 yards in 65 carries and averaged 14.1 yards per carry.
Moses also made second team All-State in basketball last year, won the state championship indoors in both the high and low hurdles, and set a school record outdoors in the high jump. To top it off, he is co-captain of the football team, a B student and—inevitably—president of the senior class.