The Inside Rail

So, where were we?

The American jump season came to a close at Charleston Sunday. A whimper from the days of the long-lost Colonial Cup meeting but a finish just the same. It would have been interesting to test Mikey Mitchell’s sportsmanship with the Aiken/Colonial Cup double on the docket instead of a five-race, no-stakes card at Charleston.

“Jack, we’re friends and everything but…”

The Charleston Steeplechase has had a long, stop-and-start history in our sport, hopefully, it’s strengthening. It certainly looks to have some momentum again. We need race meets. We need momentum.

Inspiring to see Daisy Fenwick win her first NSA race, the training flat opener aboard Av A Word. There seems to be a burgeoning home-grown youth movement afoot. Hopefully.

Encouraging to see Five Carat Cat win for Pierre Manigault’s Hurricana Farm, a fun local success for a key component in the Charleston revitalization. Anybody remember Little Hurt?

Archie Macauley ran the gamut on the day, winning one, pulling up one, falling on one and running through a wing on one. Oh to be a jump jockey…

Brian Linehan and Gerard Galligan doubled.

Linehan, an Irish point-to-point jockey, listened to former jockey Brian Crowley and came over for a fall sojourn. Hooking up with Leslie Young, he won a handful of races and will surely be back.

Galligan picked up wins for Ricky Hendriks aboard Fightingirishtabit (a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mr. Hot Stuff) and Hepcat for Jonathan Sheppard who finished a strong season. Another strong season.

Must See The Doc, Another Try and Global Freedom reshuffled the Far Hills 3-year-old race with Must See The Dock wrestling a neck decision over Another Try and pacesetter Global Freedom. Three solid 3-year-olds for the 4-year-old division next year.

Now, it’s time to regroup, rest the troops of 2019 and bolster the troops for 2020.