Jenuine, meanwhile, will take all the publicity he can get. With the Super Bowl coming to Los Angeles in January, Jenuine figured he had a natural in Dancer's horse. And so, about a week before the race, he asked the Los Angeles Rams if he could borrow a few players for a press conference. The Rams sent two. Halfway through the conference Dancer pulled Jenuine aside. "Who are those two big guys?" he whispered.
"They play for the Rams. One's a halfback and the other is an end," Jenuine said.
"Oh," said Dancer. "What in hell is an end?"
By midweek Dayan emerged as the early favorite to cut down Super Bowl in the mile test. Dancer's colt had had his first West Coast outing the previous week and he hadn't been impressive in winning by only half a length against ordinary competition.
"It wasn't the colt's fault," said Johnny Barker, Super Bowl's groom. "He hadn't had a race in nine days, and he's the kind of horse who has to work every day and race every week. He was sharp and he was real sound, but he came up 80 yards short. I don't know what to tell you except I've got $200. and it's going on Super Bowl to win."
And no one was forgetting Une de Mai. She had won only one of eight races since coming over last summer, but most of her defeats had come on the half-mile tracks in the East. The big horse is made for sweeping turns and longer stretches, and she figured to do much better on Hollywood Park's magnificent mile strip.
"Everybody is talking about Dayan and Une de Mai," said Dancer. "I'm more worried about Flower Child. That horse can trot. Billy Myer said Dayan was acting funny, trying to run away with him the last couple of times out. I think the horse has gone crazy. Most of the good ones do after a while. They get so used to being out in front they can't race anyplace else. I'd have to say Super Bowl is the nicest fast horse I've ever had. He's no trouble at all."
In what is becoming a habit, Dancer drew the rail for Super Bowl. Flower Child, with Jim Dennis subbing for the injured Joe O'Brien, was in Post 3. Une de Mai, who likes to go outside, was in the six hole, with Dayan all the way outside.
"We've got that Luther Hanover next to us, and he could be a problem," said Kirstein. "He's a jumper. We've got to get out fast. They've got some horses in this race that couldn't win if everybody else fell down. I should have said something."
"Send Billy Myer over to protest," someone said.