The Inside Rail

Contributions from TIHR co-founder, editor and writer Sean Clancy.

The Empire

Three times. Empire Maker has stopped me in my tracks. Thudded me to silence. Jolted me from my thoughts.

Running and Writing

It was a throwaway line at the end of an email, five days into the New Year.


Quiet house.

Going Racing

It was too good to be true. Veterans’ chase. Right-handed. Nine entries. Valuable prize. High weight. Fresh off a win. I’ll be there.

Short Lists and Plane Rides

There is nothing like the separation, the sequester, the purgatory of a plane ride. Especially one from overseas. London Heathrow to Washington Dulles. I lost the timeframe in the pilot’s opening salvo…delay…headwind…make up time in the air…eight, hour hours, some amount of minutes. I’m on my third movie, after a fitful nap, maybe two, and a serving of pancetta macaroni and cheese (actually not bad) and wondering what I’m missing down below.

No Words

I’ve been trying to put Far Hills into words and will at some point this week. Here and in the Irish Field.