And this is the best time of the year.

THE INSIDE RAIL | by Sean Clancy

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Happy Birthday James Edward “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons. The Hall of Fame trainer was born on July 23, 1874. We missed it by a day (if reader Dan Haney would have just texted Tuesday instead of Wednesday…) but, technically, I’m typing this on his birthday.

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Robert Fulghum wrote “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” in 1986. A classic international bestseller, it has sold more than 7 million copies. Remember Fulghum’s words of wisdom?

Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people…

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Every year at Saratoga, I see Steve Jordan and the former trainer looks me in the eye and waits.

“He’s doing great,” I say.

Jordan smiles. Relief and amazement, like everything is right in the world again.

This year, I can’t tell him that.

“He’s gone, Steve.”

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We are back in business. Our allies rallied. Thank you. That’s the last we’ll write about it. Hopefully. Now we can write about Saratoga – about the victories, the defeats, the track, the town, the horses, the characters, the moments.

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Really? It has to come to this. Talking to lawyers instead of trainers the day before the meet? Rallying allies instead of rallying quotes? Fielding calls about audacity, instead of brilliance.

After 13 years of making a newspaper work, without any investors, without anything but work ethic, skill and a love of the game. After 13 years of late nights and early mornings. After all the issues, all the problems, all the snafus and all the politics (remember Getnick & Getnick, Empire Racing, Friends of New York Racing…?).


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