Another theme from the movie “Seabiscuit” was how it would wait until in last place, remember all the times it failed and was held back, and then would leap ahead. I tended to think along the lines to Blake when watching it.
So… um… if you HAVEN’T seen the movie “Seabiscuit,” (or it’s been too long to remember), that was one of the key lines, “though he be but small, he is fierce” (which, btw, i think came from Shakespeare).
One of the few parodies I did in Dee, not a bad choice to play with, but perhaps somewhat of an unusual choice. “Seabiscuit” did pretty well at the box office and had come out a couple years earlier.
I think this gag hangs on the fact that Vachel points out that despite the gag, you the reader are still bored by it. Hopefully it hangs it well and not by the gallows.