The network's use of George throughout the Ruffian story shows a careful effort to rectify its earlier misassignment of Chastain. By airing George's introductory piece the week before the race CBS succeeded in familiarizing its horse-racing fans with both Phyllis and the filly before their live appearances. And her live performances at the track benefited from the weeks she spent there doing pretaped segments.
George is still no sports expert, nor does she pretend to be. But she is rapidly becoming more than just another pretty face.