"I wouldn't ride a horse I didn't think could win," he says. "He may not win—but I'll be planning on it. Fast Fellow would be a good one. He'd give me a little advantage. He's got savvy and I've got savvy, and we could work together. And I've got this 2-year-old named Money Lender. I think he might be pretty nice. I wouldn't ride him this year, but maybe when he's three."
Let's see. When Money Lender is three his jockey will be 67. But don't bet you won't see it. Johnny Longden up, wheeling a thundering runner through traffic, matching wits with other reinsmen, driving for the finish line with that old competitive lust.
"Wouldn't that be something?" Johnny asks. Yes, it would.
NO AH'S, PLEASE
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a new $3 million laboratory on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay just off Miami. It is called NOAA's Ark.
DEATH OF AN ANTI-HERO
They're looking for a new mascot at Colorado State University, and Sarkis Arslanian, the football coach, does not want it to come from the University of Wyoming, which sold CSU its late unlamented mascot, Cam the Ram.
Cam has died at the age of seven. It was a natural death, though it could have been otherwise if some students had had their way. The CSU Livestock Club proposed last January that Cam be slaughtered and his head raffled off to raise money for a club project.
The reason for Cam's unpopularity was that he had been around for six straight losing football seasons (18-44-1). In that period Wyoming, a bitter rival, took six straight. In 1972 CSU went 1-10, beating only Texas-El Paso.
Cam was buried without ceremony or grave marker, though one student suggested that an inscription read:
Here lies Cam the Ram,
His soul should go to heaven,
He's lived through seven years of hell.