Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Last year?

Zenyatta thrills fans of horse racing

Just as Depression-era Seabiscuit, Horse of the Year for 1938, captured the hearts of Americans across the country, Zenyatta has emerged as a modern-day horse racing star. She is racing's all-time North American leading female earner. Jerry and Ann Moss purchased her in September 2005 for only $60,000.

To date she is undefeated in 18 starts since beginning her career in November 2007 and has won $6,254,580. According to her Facebook site that has over 23,000 fans, her name is from the multiplatinum album "Zenyatta Mondatta," by a band named The Police, which was discovered by Jerry Moss, a founder of A&M Records. A large filly at 17.2 hands, she tends to playfully dance around before starting a race, then out of the gate hang back from the pack to the point where it appears she should have no chance of winning. Then she makes her move and flies to the front, sometimes in hair-raising, close wins. Said to have an affinity for interacting with people, she has a winning personality. Millions of fans will be tuned in to their televisions for her next races Oct. 2 at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park and Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 6. This may be her last year racing.

Ann Dunham

Myrtle Beach

Speedway

Young racer sings with patriotism

Small boy with a lot of patriotism:

Every Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway, you can hear Adam Fulford Jr., age 8, from Supply, N.C., sing the national anthem.

Not only does he sing this song, he has won the championship in the bicycle races. His daddy, Adam Fulford Sr., and granddaddy Dub Fulford race mini stock cars.

So come on out and see and hear the young patriot.

Ron Oldham

Conway

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