As an addendum to your Jan. 29 SCORECARD item on the drug-testing and research program at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, it should be noted that the New York State Racing and Wagering Board has already contracted (on Jan. 18) for prerace drug testing at the state's thoroughbred tracks.
New York was the first state in the country to mandate prerace testing for harness tracks (1972), and now, with the start of the summer meet at Finger Lakes in July, a pilot program of prerace testing will be instituted—the first at a thoroughbred track.
Based on the Finger Lakes experience, the program will later be expanded to include all thoroughbred tracks in New York State.
Director of Public Relations
New York State Racing and Wagering Board
New York City
Prerace testing has been used on a regular basis in harness racing since 1965, first at Scioto Downs in Ohio and now by all harness tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and by the larger harness tracks in Ohio. We agree wholeheartedly that prerace blood testing is a deterrent to the use of illegal medication and prohibited drugs, and we hope that thoroughbred racing will join us quickly and widely in the use of this effective procedure.
STANLEY F. BERGSTEIN
Executive Vice President
Harness Tracks of America, Inc.
Thanks for the article by Frank Deford on Hot Rod Hundley, the voice of the New Orleans Jazz (TV/RADIO, Feb. 5). We Jazz enthusiasts swear by Hot Rod. He is the only sports announcer I have heard who has a refreshingly positive approach to covering sports events. He very rarely takes sides or negatively criticizes when he announces a game. But he does follow the play, understands exactly what is going on, knows the players, and describes the play so succinctly and vividly that hundreds of Jazz fans sit with radios glued to their ears as they watch the action inside the Superdome.
Yes, Hot Rod is "hidden down in New Orleans," as Deford reports, but only because we New Orleans fans know a good thing when we hear it, and we don't want to lose it.
HONEE A. HESS
One of your Jan. 29 SCORECARD items refers to the Major Indoor Soccer League in complimentary terms, for which we are grateful. But after admitting that our game is lively and quick and noting that we score an average of nearly 12 goals a game, you ask, "Is it soccer?"
No, it isn't. It's indoor soccer, and that's why it is proving so popular with fans in our six league cities. Don't compare it to soccer or anything else—just sit back and enjoy it.
MICHAEL JAY KALTER
New York Arrows
Great Neck, N.Y.