If Staunch Avenger continues to maintain a pace even close to his sensational beginning, it would be impossible to imagine the 1971 Derby without his presence. Yet Gin Collins says, "I don't happen to believe the Kentucky Derby is necessarily the most important race in the world. It might be too long a race too early in the year. It might take too much out of the horse to get ready for it. I just don't know for sure that we'd have to enter the Derby."
Nevertheless, after seeing that large and handsome tribe of Manns gathered in triumph around Staunch last week, it would seem far too dark a human tragedy to deny them at least the chance to pose for still another mass family portrait, among the roses at Churchill Downs.