?Horsemen generally agree that the mile and a half is a better test of a horse's greatness than the classic Kentucky Derby distance of a mile and a quarter (19TH HOLE, May 30).—ED.
USING A TELESWAPIC LENS?
I hope SI's photographer will get a good shot of Swaps winning the match race.
L.A. TO SWAPS
There seems to be much discussion about the match race between the great Swaps and Nashua, but doesn't anyone remember that Swaps has already beaten Nashua—and very soundly at that? Swaps has improved 100% over his Derby performance, whereas Nashua has run some very doubtful races. Since I am from Los Angeles I of course can think only of one horse, Swaps; but let's look at their 3-year-old records. Swaps is far outstanding in everything but money. I am sure Swaps will win by at least three to five lengths.
NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING LOST
I personally favor Nashua over Swaps in the $100,000 match race of the winner-take-all variety.
This is merely opinion, however, and I do have enough respect for Swaps not to make any wagers on the outcome of the race. After all, I did lose money on the presidential election of 1944 when all the Associated Press writers favored Thomas E. Dewey to beat Franklin D. Roosevelt.
EDWIN L. RASMUSSEN JR.
THE TEACHER AND THE TERROR
My dad is starting to teach me a little trick riding and roping. We find ourselves somewhat baffled by part of the article (YESTERDAY, Aug. 1) which described the horse, Midnight, which gave the greatest trouble to Pete Knight, the best rider of the '30s. It reads: "Foaled before World War I...the 1200-pound bronc, who had once been a saddle horse to a school marm, had a solid reputation as a terror..." May I ask how and why a school marm's saddle horse ever developed into a terror?
Dad says that Pete Knight was the best rider he ever saw, but he isn't certain that he remembers Midnight. Was he ever at the Garden in New York City?
East View Ranch
Port Jervis, N.Y.
?Midnight was as chivalrous as he was vicious. Although no man could ride him, he was a gentleman with women, whom he allowed to lead him with a halter. Madison Square Garden recalls Midnight's appearance there, in 1925 and 1926.—ED.
HOW WE CHILDREN WATCHED IN AWE
Thanks for taking me home again for a few precious memories. When I was a child the F. Ambrose Clark estate (SI, Aug. 1) always stood out as a beautiful and gentle place. I vision now the tally-ho with a red-coated footman on the back, signaling the approach of that handsome coach along our peaceful streets. How high the horses stepped—as children we watched in awe.
Mr. Clark's lovely farms are as much a part of Cooperstown as Main Street itself and his contributions to the village have been many. Having been born in Coopers-town and a villager for 25 years, I thank you for these memories.
BETTE WINNE LARKINS