He was voted the champion handicap horse in 1966.
He has sired 125 winners, among them 23 stakes winners, and the total earnings of his progeny were well in excess of $5 million through 1977 (before Spectacular Bid ran).
Of his stakes winners, one, Cannonade, won the Kentucky Derby in 1974, and two others were champions on two continents.
In 1974 he was the leading sire in the world, with progeny earnings in excess of $1.5 million.
There are dozens of stallions on stud farms in this and other countries about which it could be said that their main claim to fame is their descent from Bold Ruler, but Bold Bidder isn't one of them.
It seems to me that the Meyerhoffs, owners of Spectacular Bid, made a very astute purchase last year and fully deserve their spectacular luck. And Trainer Bud Delp is a competent horseman whose time has come. If Delp has been a little lippy lately, he's no worse than Laz Barrera and LeRoy Jolley were in their limelight days. The odds against a third Triple Crown winner in three years are tremendous, but the Meyerhoffs and Delp have the best shot.
GEORGE G. VINCENT
AT THE RINKS
So the roller skating industry has decided that if speed skaters wear protective helmets, the public will associate them with the old Roller Derby (Fancy Figures Down at the Rink, Oct. 30). How intelligent! Now, when I hear about roller skating I'll think of two young girls colliding, one of them suffering a possible concussion, of a grown man leaving the floor on a stretcher and of bruises and broken bones. Roller skating officials should wise up. Roller Derby participants didn't wear all that protective gear for show! That was to protect their heads, arms, legs, etc. Because there is none of the pushing and shoving of the Derby in roller skating competitions, maybe all that gear isn't needed, but I can't believe the roller skating hierarchy has 10- and 11-year-olds out there without helmets! They are risking the youngsters' health for the sake of the industry's image. I think someone has his priorities wrong.
The article by Julia Lamb was a good one, but her putdown of Roller Derby was unnecessary and very snobbish. If the roller skating industry has been battling Roller Derby for years, it's news to me. The Derby brought fans to roller skating, it didn't take them away. It was a neat little sport that attracted huge crowds in the '60s and early '70s. All kinds of people liked it, not just "teen-age punks in ducktails and leather jackets."
JOSEPH K. PETERS
The "adventurers" standing on the traffic-light post watching the New York City Marathon (All Around the Town, Oct. 30) were Raymond Bernardini and Kevin Lyons, senior members of the W. C. Mepham High School track team of Bellmore, N.Y.—the same team that produced one of America's best half-milers, Mark Belger (Mepham '74).
STEVEN D. FEINSTEIN