THE INSIDE RAIL | by Sean Clancy

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Monmouth Park is in hard times. Handle’s down, fighting politicians, competition everywhere, down to three days a week, a track from a bygone era needing a lifeline.

Or, so I hear.

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Royal Ascot in the morning. Parx Racing in the afternoon. Now, that’s a doubleheader.

I’ll watch the opening day at Royal Ascot from my parents’ couch and then hop in the car and hit the Pennsylvania Turnpike for a jaunt to Parx, in time to catch the seventh, no need for my top hat.

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Belmont Stakes Day – 70 degrees, partly cloudy. A chance of rain increasing from 30 percent to 60 percent later this afternoon. 

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“Do you still write?”

That’s what I was asked after the announcement of my brother’s recent Joe Hirsch Award for the best article on American Pharoah’s Belmont Stakes (if you're keeping score, that's two in a row for www.thisishorseracing.com).

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Miles waved his mother’s white scarf and danced in the aisle. He belted out “Dear Abby, Dear Abby” as loud as he could. He curled up in his mother’s arms when Prine slowed it down with “Souvenirs.” He yelled “Prison in Christmas” as Prine strummed the first few notes of a song Miles still can't quite figure out. He stood and clapped for an encore and then sang along with “Muhlenberg County.”