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The twin modern curses of higher costs and less service have struck the Matter-horn. The altitude of the famous Swiss peak remains constant as each year more than 3,000 tourists, a third of them women, make the climb to the top. But the number of professional guides that shepherd the climbers has declined in the last 30 years from 180 to 70 as young Swiss men turn to less dangerous and more lucrative professions. Not that hiring a guide is cheap. The Association of Zermatt Mountain Guides recently announced that next year their Matterhorn fee will be $110, a 57% increase over the current charge of $70.
Everything is going up.
THOSE ARE THE BREAKS
Les Austin, a Miami bar owner, has the misfortune to be able to top a lot of hard-luck-at-the-track stories. Last June, minutes after he claimed Alias Mr. Roth for $7,500 at Calder Race Course, the colt fell in the second race, fractured a shoulder and had to be destroyed (SCORECARD, June 25). Under the rules, Alias Mr. Roth belonged to Austin from the moment the starting gate opened, although former owners would have collected any purse, and he had to pay for the colt.
Now there has been a rerun. Last week at Calder, Austin claimed La Cimas Court for $3,500. Watching the 5-year-old lead the field in the 10th race, Austin exclaimed, "The only way this horse can lose is to break a leg." Seventy yards from the wire La Cimas Court fractured both sesamoid bones in his left foreleg. He had to be destroyed, and for the second time in six months Austin was the stunned purchaser of a dead horse.