On page 122 of your first issue you published a picture of "a portrait of the Horse of the Year." This reproduction was made from a photograph sent to you by our office with a caption that Tom Fool was voted Horse of the Year by The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form and these publications were making the presentation to the owners of Greentree Stable.
J. SAMUEL PERLMAN
Editor and Publisher
Triangle Publications, Inc.
•SI apologizes for leaving out the newsworthy facts.—ED.
I read your first issue with an open mind.
Having read it, I put on my shoes and dropped into my favorite bar to discuss its merits with others in the advertising and writing world.
The consensus of opinion was that the martinis were too dry, the manhattans too sweet, the beer too warm and the magazine on a level three times removed from the bleachers and one from the box seats.
Don't take your monumental work so darned seriously. Mr. Baruch can belabor labor, but you can't belabor the sports fans. They are fans because sports are entertainment, fun escape, hobbies and sheer unadulterated enjoyment.
WALTER P. DEERING
I did note two minor errors in the first issue, both of them having to do with harness racing. Under a photograph of Mrs. E. R. Harriman driving Tassel Hanover, you state that she is "bettering the world half-mile mark which she set two years ago with the same horse as a three-year old." Actually, I believe that Tassel Hanover was a three-year old in 1950 during which year she set the half-mile track record for pacing three-year old fillies at 2:02.2.
On page 143 in the last paragraph, you refer to the earnings of Proximity but the adjectives used belie the fact that she is actually a mare. This point is of no great significance except that it is interesting that The Maid's unique performance was first surpassed by another mare.
Chevy Chase, Md.
•Reader Helms is right on both counts.—ED.
On pages 22 and 32 reference is made to the fact that "Jackie" MacDonald was "barred" and "suspended" from competition in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
Following the submission of evidence after the games the General Session of the A.A.U. of Canada completely absolved Miss MacDonald of all blame and stated her status as an amateur was unimpaired.
Might I congratulate you very much on your coverage both in pictures and in text, particularly the "Miracle Mile."
HAROLD E. M. BRADSHAW