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Sir: I wish to support Mr. J. William Boniface’s letter in your November issue proposing a Maryland Week with a 2-year-old sale preceding the Preakness. This is a fine idea,” started a letter to the editor from Helen Tweedy (Penny Chenery) of Meadow Stable in Doswell, Va.

  • She continued:
    1. There are many national newsmen assigned to the Triple Crown races, as we discovered when we campaigned with Riva Ridge last spring. They are idle and looking for stories in between races. You could get coverage from non-horse publications as well. 
    2. Many out-of-state horsemen are in attendance in advance of the race and they would welcome the opportunity to visit a selection of breeding and training establishments. 
    3. The 2-year-old sale would have appeal to first-time buyers who don’t know how to get a yearling broken, etc., and in the excitement of the Big Race, might be eager to buy a horse that is ready to go on the track. Thus we could get new customers into the breeding business.
    “On another matter, I must say that I will miss your hunt meet and horse show section after it goes on its own. Although I’m only in Thoroughbred breeding and racing, I enjoy reading about other horse activities.”
  • Marion duPont Scott stood in the paddock between her horses Soothsayer and Perigo while they were being saddled for the third running of the $100,000 Colonial Cup International Steeplechase. At age 82, she had poor eyesight and stooped as if the weight of the steeplechase world was on her shoulders. 
    “Without Mrs. Scott, the jumping game would probably be nothing more than record books and memories,” noted writer Snowden Carter. The owner of the legendary Battleship, who campaigned 40 years earlier, witnessed Soothsayer and Joe Aitcheson take title to the Colonial Cup. As Scott crossed the turf to the winner’s stand, Carter noted: “There were tears on her face, but they weren’t all because of Soothsayer. Those tears went back to [rider] Carroll Bassett, Battleship, [her brother] William duPont Jr., and a thousand other friends who couldn’t be there to share in one of the great sportslady’s finest moments.” 
    A world record price for a weanling was set at Keeneland when a filly by Northern Dancer out of the *Ambiorix mare Be Ambitious was bought by William S. Farish III for $87,000. She was consigned by her breeder, John R. Gaines’s Gainesway Farm.
    The filly’s second dam was Maryland-bred stakes winner Be Faithful.

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