Oh, yes, during the banquet Katz removed the red "P" from his lapel and put it on his red tie. "Pete has never been known for his subtlety," he said.
Although he resembles his bay mother Fanfreluche more than his chestnut father Secretariat, it is agreed that there is a special young thoroughbred wintering at Windfields Farm, some 40 miles east of Toronto. It will be about 18 months before anyone will really know if the colt can run, but already a lot of people know quite a bit about his bizarre background. In June of 1977 Fanfreluche, in foal to Secretariat, was "horsenapped" from the Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. in a still unsolved crime. A year ago, Fanfreluche was found on a small farm 150 miles from Claiborne, where she was being ridden as a saddle horse by a farmer and his family. He had come upon her standing on a nearby road and thought she was an unwanted stray. Returned to Claiborne, Fanfreluche bore Secretariat's son two months later.
J.-Louis Levesque, the prominent Canadian financier and horse breeder who owns the colt, decided to let racing fans suggest names for the colt by means of a newspaper contest. He said he would look favorably upon a French name that alluded to the colt's prenatal adventures, so to speak. The winning entry: Sain et Sauf, or Safe and Sound.
The Washington Star, San Francisco Chronicle, TV Guide and The Boston Globe, to name just a few, have conducted write-in polls in recent years to determine how folks out there in printland feel about television sports announcers. Recently the Los Angeles Herald Examiner joined the parade. "The response to the poll amazed us," says Sports Editor Allan Malamud. "We got letters from 3,310 people, an amount we never anticipated."
On the network level the Herald Examiner asked readers to vote for both their favorite and least-favored announcers in three categories: Anchor Persons and Special Features, Play-by-Play and Commentary and Analysis. The top three vote-getters in each category were:
Anchor/Special Feature, Favorite: Brent Musburger, CBS (706), Jim McKay, ABC (623), Bryant Gumbel, NBC (566); Least Favorite: Howard Cosell, ABC (1,973), Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder, CBS (387), Curt Gowdy, NBC (355).
Play-by-Play, Favorite: Vin Scully, CBS (1,258), Frank Gifford, ABC (521), Dick Enberg, NBC (460); Least Favorite: Joe Garagiola, NBC (787), Chris Schenkel, ABC (488), Curt Gowdy, NBC (397).
Commentator/Analyst, Favorite: Don Meredith, ABC (798), Merlin Olsen, NBC (546), George Allen, CBS (400); Least Favorite: Jim Brown, CBS (520), Tony Kubek, NBC (297), Maury Wills, NBC (294).