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"What does it mean to you?" asked the newspaperman.
"Throw deep," Stabler said.
People sometimes complain that in horse racing the really good colts are taken out of competition and sent to stud almost as soon as they gain a reputation. Look at Secretariat. Look at Wajima. Both were retired at three. The only horses that compete year after year are the geldings—Kelso, for instance, who was Horse of the Year five times and came out of a starting gate for the last time at nine, and Forego, who is going strong at six.
A current favorite of those who like older horses is Maxwell G., still racing in Chicago at the age of 15. Another such grizzled hero is 16-year-old Stonehenge, which recently broke a two-year slump by tottering home first in an 8?-furlong event at Commodore Downs in Pennsylvania. Track officials there claim Stonehenge is the oldest winner in thoroughbred history.
Now Maxwell G.'s supporters are trying to arrange a match race between the two graymanes. We hope the race comes off and, if there is a trophy, that it will be presented by George Blanda.
DOWN AND OUT, PART II
Last week, when we left the Seguin Toros of the Gulf States League, they had gone to sleep on the beach at Corpus Christi rather than submit to yet another 165-mile bus ride home to Seguin to save their owner, Dr. Damaso Oliva, the cost of food and lodging.
Now it turns out that Dr. Oliva had an even more ingenious method for reducing the overhead. He charged opposing owners for showing up. Terry Ferrell, owner of the Corpus Christi Sea Gulls, says that Oliva demanded from him and got $550 to produce his team for a scheduled game on Aug. 17.
The next week Oliva tried again, but this time Ferrell says he refused to pay. True to Oliva's word, the Toros failed to show and the game was forfeited.