If a real Dream Race was possible, it would be between Nashua, Man O' War, and Citation. Not including (ugh) Swaps.
Against any living Thoroughbred, I'll put my money on Nashua any day.
I wish to commend most heartily the article on the subject of souped-up race tracks.
These excessively fast tracks that have come into being in recent years are having such a detrimental effect on the racers' legs that more and more cripples are being produced each year.
I hope that your magazine has initiated a crusade for safe and sane tracks.
PHILIP A. O'NEILL
Many thanks for Pat Lynch's enlightening article. It confirmed my suspicions.... Although Swaps is no doubt a fine horse, it's nice to know he's smashing those so-called world records with the help of a track set up for super speed and that the horses of yore, who had to moil along on slower tracks, weren't all a bunch of candidates for the glue factory.
Please count my vote in the affirmative for your Dream Race. And until Swaps and Nashua meet on the same track under the same conditions, I wish the Californians would stop their childish crowing. Incidentally, in this new civil war, where is the Combs and Ellsworth line? I'm a Nashua fan and don't want to be caught in enemy territory.
? Pat Lynch confounds horse geographers, declaring the equine 38th parallel to be a line which runs roughly 180 miles from Saratoga Race Track to Belmont Park. Reader Swift is deep in the Swaps zone.—ED.
Pat, one of the steadfast Manhattanites who is still awaiting the report on Davy Crockett's latest bear hunt before venturing forth to the uncouth lands west of the Hudson, says some very unkind things about California race tracks. Western writers seem to have been too enthusiastic to suit him in reporting the numerous occasions when a rangy chestnut Thoroughbred named Swaps broke world records this summer at Hollywood Park.
These records don't mean a thing, because race tracks differ and times vary in Pat's opinion, and to some extent he will get agreement from this area. But what I must disagree with are Pat's critical remarks, inspired after studying the preparation, composition, depth and care of California racing strips from his vantage point in the Belmont Park press box, 3,000 miles away, implying that our tracks are deliberately hopped up by the managements to create world records.