For a guy who got sat on by a horse Thursday afternoon, Jack Doyle is pretty cheerful.
“I’m not feeling too bad,” the steeplechase jockey said Friday, about 24 hours after falling with Rudyard K in the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park. “I’m a lot more comfortable than I was yesterday.”
A little punchy from being on the road in Saratoga and Belmont Park, the steeplechase schedule gets back to its roots this weekend with stops at Shawan Downs in Maryland Saturday and the Foxfield Races in Virginia Sunday.
The former hosts eight races while the latter cards five. Each spot will be a mix of racing and socializing by the tailgate spread, while also looking to lucrative races next month at Far Hills. The intrepid TIHR handicappers are back at it. Joe won the first half title, barely, hanging on to edge Sean by two while Tom finished off the pace in third (through July 11). It’s a new ballgame in September, however, as Tom took the early lead by picking Scorpiancer at Belmont. The Clancys were blanked.
Stash it under your hat brim while watching youth sports, fold it in your shirt sleeve while eating dinner, email it to yourself and take a gander when you can. Laurel and Parx put on Broadway-worthy cards while there’s action all over the country, the world. Songbird is just part of the show. Here’s this week’s edition of Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud. Good luck and enjoy. Enjoy.
Like a baseball player hitting the ball hard – but right at fielders – Scorpiancer was due. After winning two of his first three American starts last year, the Irish-bred lost five races to begin 2016.
Tepin knew something was up the moment E. J. Bowler walked out of the office, a sweet potato bigger than a Chipotle burrito and knife in hand, after training wrapped up Thursday morning at the Casse Stables' barn at Saratoga Race Course.
An English jump jockey in America is not news, not anymore. But an English jump jockey who boxes, now that’s news. Alice Mills, whose background includes three-day eventing, tetrathlon, races on the flat and over jumps and – yes – boxing, recently arrived in Maryland for a job with leading trainer Jack Fisher and will be aboard two horses at Belmont Park Thursday.
Robbie Davis watched Ribbonite dash through the stretch to win the $116,775 Lady Fingers Stakes about two weeks ago and immediately flashed back nearly 18 years to one of his biggest wins as a jockey for one of the most respected horseman of all time.
At Keeneland November in 2012, bloodstock agent Steve Young spent $310,000 to buy a weanling for owner Bob LaPenta. As a son of leading sire Tapit and Grade 2 winner Spice Island, and a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Ice Box, the colt looked the part.
Then he didn’t.
You ready for some jump racing? The National Steeplechase Association’s autumn (let’s not say fall) racing schedule comes to life Thursday at Belmont Park and extends into racing Saturday at Shawan Downs in Maryland and Sunday at Foxfield in Virginia.
Jovial, witty and distinctly British, 33-year-old U.K. transplant Tom Morley recently enjoyed his best Saratoga Race Course meeting highlighted by two graded stakes victories by Haveyougoneaway.
We’re out of the weeds – a little bit – settled down and ready for a monster day of racing highlighted by the return of champion Tepin. The mid-September edition of Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal, previews all the action from Ayr to Woodbine, Albuquerque to Newmarket and Charles Town to Listowel.
Some horses are born with it. The “it” to which I’m referring is the ability to soar. It is mystifying how a 1200-pound mass of pure muscle and bone can leap through the air, looking effortless while doing so, but some horses just have the ability to seemingly fly. Much to Nicolette Merle-Smith’s liking, her new OTTB, Blazing Beryl, is one of those naturally gifted horses.