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March 31, 1958
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March 31, 1958

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By mixing the names of the sire and dam, stirring them under his hat for hours, he would pour them forth dripping with delight and meaning. For instance, he named his colt by Shut Out (out of Pansy) Social Outcast. To another colt (by Polynesian from Geisha) he gave a name that will be remembered as long as horses run—Native Dancer.

This spring the cerise-and-white diamonds of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt will be back on the nation's race tracks in full force. Having devoted two years to the World Veterans Fund, Alfred has decided that the pressures of business are light enough to allow him to continue in racing, his true love. His "new" stable is composed of about 30 horses, 18 of them 2-year-olds, five of them sired by Native Dancer. Alfred has shown in his names that none of the old touch is lost. Here are some of the new, approved names:

Missionary Stew (Native Dancer out of Buffet Supper), Dance All Night (Native Dancer out of Plucky Maid), Sit This Out (Native Dancer out of Sitting Duck), Hit and Run (Grand Slam out of Wander), Booby Prize (Tom Fool out of Good Example), Ever So Humble (Stone Age out of Grass Shack), New Regime (Occupy out of Clean Sweep), Polygamist (Polynesian out of Femme Fatale), Whirling Dervish (Mahmoud out of Puff of Smoke), Sadie Hawkins (Loser Weeper out of Red Letter Day) and Jailbird (Occupy out of Slave Bracelet).

Little Willie Comes of Age (Atomic, That Is)

Willie, with complete aplomb,
Tried to dribble an atom bomb.
Blinking at the mushroomed heir,
Pa said, "E is mc square."

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