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Guest column: Unbreakable Bond

Take notes they said. Record or write down all the stories he tells you. When people told me that as I was growing older, I never fully understood the weight behind it.

“He’s 75, he’s forgotten more than most people in this game will ever learn,” we’d say.

Time To Write

It’s about 4:40 in the afternoon Travers Day and the field is heading from the paddock to the track for the Grade 1 Sword Dancer. I’m covering the race for The Saratoga Special and I’m fixated on the Aiden O’Brien runner Idaho.

Guest column: My Saratoga experience

It’s a Friday morning, the grass is still covered by a blanket of morning dew while the sun rises giving the grandstands of Saratoga Race Course an orange glow, and I can’t help but feel like I’m in a movie.

2017 Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with The Little Guys

Around every corner, tucked into a stall here and there and in barns across Nelson Avenue at the harness track are the horses trained, owned, bred and sometimes even ridden by the men and women whose names don’t get the headlines and full features in this or any publication.

2017 Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Shug McGaughey

Shug McGaughey did the ultimate Stable Tour in The Special back in 2004 when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Shug’s 32 Flavors began with Inside Information and finished with Aldiza, with everything else in between. Just McGaughey talking about the horses who shaped his career. (Originally published in the Sept. 2 edition of The Saratoga Special.)

2017 Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with George Weaver

“Want to do a Stable Tour?”

George Weaver looked up from his desk at his barn near the Oklahoma training track and laughed, “I was wondering why you were hanging around here,” Weaver said, sliding his chair and walking out of his office.