SWAPS VS. NASHUA
There is only one way to settle this Swaps-Nashua match-race controversy and that is to have the race. Thank goodness SI has seen to that.
It will be a great race—I'd sure like to see it!
E. E. ANDERSON JR.
At Home with Swaps in California
and CONVERSATION PIECE: Subject: Meshach Tenney (SI, July 18) were wonderful articles. Undoubtedly, you will receive innumerable letters from irate eastern breeders, criticizing Mr. Ellsworth's unconventional horse-raising methods, so I thought it best to write this note of wholehearted approval.
And isn't Swaps a perfect example of the soundness of Mr. Ellsworth's theories?
Newport Beach, Calif.
I have worked for quite a few stables (especially Mrs. Graham's) and I have seen a lot of good horses, going back to Whirl-away, Count Fleet, Alsab, First Fiddle, Citation, Bon Jour, Lucky Draw and a lot of other topnotchers. Swaps reminds me of them. The more he runs the better he gets and a lot of wise trainers will agree, Sir.
I cannot go along with the Easterners on Nashua although I am not taking anything away from him because he is truly a fine thoroughbred. In my opinion, though, he is not as good as Swaps. Swaps is the nearest thing to Count Fleet and Lucky Draw. My salute to Swaps and Shoemaker.
A3C WALTER D. YOUNG, USAF
Lowry Air Force Base, Calif.
I am sure that Nashua will defeat Swaps when he meets him. Swaps is a great horse but I didn't like it when I saw in your July 18 issue that some people from California are comparing him to Man o' War. I don't think there has been a horse yet who could defeat Big Red.
How could Nashua lose with a jockey like Eddie Arcaro riding him?
A HANDFUL OF DUST
Anyone who thinks Nashua could beat the greatest horse of all time is wrong. All Willie Shoemaker would have to do is crack the whip lightly and Swaps would run and leave Nashua in the dust.
In my opinion Nashua is racing's Chuck Davey, who came to fame via TV.