Stone dust crunches under foot. Grass seems more brown than green. Leaves blow about. Trees are bare. Mud, while certainly not omnipresent, lurks. Horses and people are sparse. Jokes and tall tales in the clocker’s stand, ample.
The following is an excerpt from David Owen’s book, Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National’s Biggest Upset, which was honored last week with the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award at Shane Ryan’s Castleton Lyons.
A mid-March call from Charlie LoPresti started with him looking for an update on a request he made back in October – for this writer to help him find a seasonal rental for the Saratoga racing season – quickly wove its way toward the topic he doesn’t mind talking about in the slightest.
Hard to believe, the second Saturday in April hosts just one NSA meet. Oh, our kingdom for a long-term plan. No hurdle racing, just timber racing at My Lady’s Manor, the traditional opener to the Maryland timber circuit. Quantity certainly not on offer but quality abounds as the brave and best begin their quests to the Maryland Hunt Cup and Virginia Gold Cup later in the season.
Has it been a week already? Time flies. Keeneland and Oaklawn Park offer two last two big stones across the Triple Crown river. Strong cards at both places, as well as quality racing around the world. Here is your Saturday Special for April 12.
I just spent three days in England with my dad, and two days in Vegas with my best friend. In 11 days, I slept in six different beds (not as exciting as it sounds).
Two years in a row Al Pike brought colts by Into Mischief to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Maryland, that he thought would sell well.