DREAM RACE (CONT.)
I am in accord with your suggestion for a Dream Race (SI, July 30) if only to prove "the error of their ways" to those poor misguided "turf experts" who last year voted Nashua Horse of the Year.
However, you have ignored the only horse in training today who might possibly stay close enough to Swaps to make a horse race out of it—Count of Honor, an unbeaten 3-year-old son of Count Fleet.
Now to Nashua. You make the statement both Swaps and Nashua are greater this year than last. Swaps, yes, but not the eastern horse. Just what is the measuring rod for equine greatness? Is it money won? Nashua's record this year certainly indicates anything but greatness. He has yet to win under 130 pounds and has twice run out of the money against good, but certainly not great, competition.
Nashua failed to do what every really great 3-year-old was able to do: beat older horses of quality at weight for age. All the great ones-Swaps, Citation, Native Dancer, etc.—did it. Actually Nashua is no better than third at best behind Swaps and Mister Gus with Count of Honor probably a better horse also on a weight for age basis.
Santa Monica, Calif.
?For the latest on the still possible dream race, see Events & Discoveries.—ED.
HONESTY AND DIGNITY
Regarding A Manager and His Fighter (SI, July 30)...I do not doubt that Writer Boyle saw the situation as he reports it, and perhaps that is the way it is in some cases, but it is no typical manager-fighter relationship.
I boxed for the Sid Flaherty stable ( Carl "Bobo" Olson, Eddie Machen and others) in San Francisco during 1946 and '47. Sid Flaherty, for instance, does not look upon his stable of fighters as a "bunch of bums," and they respect him because he respects-them. In all fairness, you should do a follow-up article on a manager of Sid Flaherty's caliber, who has given the fight game not only honesty but dignity.
?"A manager of Sid Flaherty's caliber," Sid himself-despite his genuine paternalism-may very likely lose his manager's license as a result of the California boxing investigations (SI, May 7).—ED.
...It is the best picture of the boxing business I have read. It is not just an expose, but a real factual glimpse into the boxing world.
Sports Mirror, CBS
New York City
STRICTLY ON THE LEVEL
I have read your article and it is very apparent that you are trying to give boxing a black eye....