? Mr. Dell is entirely correct. SI regrets its error.—ED.
WILLIAM E. MILLER
I enjoyed the article on Herv� Filion (Once More, with Filion, Aug. 11) as I enjoy all your coverage of harness racing.
However, I assume Sam Moses' allusion to the "comparative obscurity" of William E. Miller was a reference to Barry Goldwater's running mate in 1964 (no relation), rather than to my grandfather, who was the foremost amateur horseman of his era.
Personally training and driving his own stable, the latter William E. Miller was one of the leading drivers at Roosevelt Raceway in 1942 and the leading percentage driver in the country in 1949. He died at 75 of a heart attack suffered while he was leading the field in a race at the Delaware State Fair in 1954.
In addition, my grandfather was the founder and president of Rosecroft Raceway, a night harness track built on his breeding farm near Washington, D.C.
WILLIAM E. MILLER II
GREYHOUNDS AND RABBITS
After reading Dan Geringer's article They're Making a Killing (Aug. 11), I had to give our pet greyhound, retired from racing three years ago, a new name—Killer. Of course, Lucky doesn't know she's a killer, nor do the squirrels that share peanuts with her on the patio, or the cat next door, which invariably winds up as the chaser rather than the chasee in their continuing game.
If greyhounds really need to be trained on raw meat, a piece of liver on a moving pole would do nicely. Expert opinion tends to agree that the fake rabbit which racing dogs follow around the track is there for the benefit of the bettors rather than the dogs, who would just as soon follow an old glove, as long as it moves.
Greyhounds make marvelous pets, as anyone who owns one will testify. They may not be too smart, but they're gentle, affectionate and tractable. As for them always remaining killers, Mr. Geringer should note that when the recent owners' strike ended at Flagler track in Miami, the dogs had to be retrained. They had forgotten in a few weeks that they were killers and were supposed to go after the rabbit.
DONALD K. BALDWIN
Temple Terrace, Fla.
We raise Salukis. Our puppies also course game by instinct. But they will instinctively chase rabbit lures without ever killing a live rabbit. I suggest that greyhound trainers would have equal success running their young dogs with a freshly killed rabbit as bait. The rabbit would be killed humanely, before the dogs could sink their teeth into the carcass as a reward for their chase. The public would thus be mollified and greyhound racing could not be accused of cruelty to rabbits.
We in California who have been working for the legalization of pari-mutuel greyhound racing were dismayed and appalled by your article on the rabbit-killing situation in Florida. We are the proponents of a ballot initiative in California that would make it a crime to use any live animal in the training of a racing greyhound and would outlaw the willful destruction of a healthy greyhound when his racing career is over.