The brothers, who have obtained an injunction, claim that the horse was born on their ranch and is of Mexican parentage. The Jockey Club maintains the horse was bred by Robert M. Clinkinbeard in Lexington, Ky., and Clinkinbeard agrees. He says the colt, a chestnut with a blaze and three white stockings, was sired by Twist the Axe out of Sun Elect. Clinkinbeard sold the horse as a weanling to Luis Monta�o of Mexico, and several months ago, when Clinkinbeard had a yearling half brother to sell, he asked Monta�o how the first horse had fared. Monta�o said he had sold it to Antonio Miguel Nader and that it had won five races. Later, in a casual conversation with another Mexican, Clinkinbeard was told that no colt by Twist the Axe was racing in Mexico. Upon further inquiry, it became evident that the Twist the Axe colt was racing but that it had been given falsified Mexican papers and was none other than Nacel's Fast. The Jockey Club began its investigation. A blood test showed that Twist the Axe and Sun Elect qualified as the sire and dam of Nacel's Fast, and the horse's markings matched those on Clinkinbeard's U.S. registration papers.
For all the success of Nacel's Fast, it did not increase the value of his yearling half brother auctioned at Keeneland. As Clinkinbeard says, "There weren't any Mexicans up here to buy the horse."
Too early to tell about snowfall yet, but here is one prediction for this winter you can hang your ski cap on. Reports of snow conditions by resorts across the country will be more reliable than ever. Sadly, this outburst of honesty will not stem from a sudden reformation among those eager area operators who for years have referred to solid-ice slopes as "well packed," or whose report of "fair" skiing actually meant rocks, stumps and bear pits. Rather, the new candor is a reaction to a recent $1.5 million liability judgment in a personal injury case in Vermont. Ski resorts were justifiably alarmed by the decision and, although snow condition reports were not an issue in the trial, one that was was the manner in which ski areas advertise their snow-grooming capability.
The result, according to the trade paper Ski Business, will be more warily accurate reports. Dick Williams, one of the insurance brokers for the National Ski Areas Association, told the paper, "I know of one Midwestern area that will go right out and tell the public that skiing is dangerous."
And there will be another side effect. The term "safety binding" will vanish; manufacturers fear it carries an implied warranty that no injuries will occur while using the product. From now on, they'll be just plain ski bindings. Next thing we know, ski areas will be adding a new member to their ski patrols. This one will be wearing a parka like all the rest—but stamped across the back will be the word "Attorney."
Henry George Miller celebrated his 100th birthday this month. Unusual enough, but Miller, better known as Dad, is unique: he is the only golfer his age in the country who has broken his age. He shot a 99 recently on the 5,734-yard Anaheim, Calif. municipal course that is named after him. When he was 95, he came in with an 82. When 93, he used a six-iron to score a hole in one on the 116-yard 11th hole at Anaheim, which got him into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Miller, who is 5'6" and weighs 100 pounds, did not play golf seriously until he was 67 and retired from his job as an inspector with Pacific Gas & Electric. He recently became a celebrity in the Los Angeles area when he started appearing in a savings bank commercial with TV host Ralph Storey. As Storey talks about Miller's achievements on the course, Dad bends over, sticks a tee in the ground, tees up the ball and slams it down the fairway. The commercial cuts to a sand trap showing Dad blasting out. "This is the hole where I shot a hole in one at 93," he tells Storey. Dad holes out, gets back into his cart, drives to the next tee and hits another drive with his faultless swing. As Dad says in the commercial, "You never grow old playing golf. You grow old when you stop, and I don't intend to stop."