And this is the best time of the year.

THE OUTSIDE RAIL | by Joe Clancy

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OK, breathe. 

As usual, I spent the first two days of the meet hassling through any number of issues including – but by no means limited to – computer networks, the Internet, advertisements, articles, photography, housing, office space, bicycles, paper racks, paper boxes, a new printer. 

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The name of the race made me think. Some Twitter chatter made me look. Yes I was there for the career debut of Oh Say, for whom Saturday’s $50,000 Oh Say Stakes at Delaware Park is named.

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This was going to be a better story a day after the Belmont Stakes, a day after California Chrome made history, a day after the 102,000 people cheered until they couldn’t any longer, a day after the Triple Crown ghosts finally went quietly into the night.

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Considering the possibilities, the experience was OK. We didn’t get caught up in a riot. We didn’t lose all of our money. The bridge to the train platform did not fall on us. We got home, eventually. And we’ve got a great story. 

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Plenty has been written about trainer Dickie Small, who died of cancer April 4. Plenty of other stories have been told, but not written, by friends and family over the past 10 days or so. Here’s one from longtime friend Ted Mudge about a trip to Camden, S.C. a few years ago. Small loved it there and told Mudge to tag along, that he’d love it too. Finally, Mudge agreed and Small said they were leaving at 7 in the evening.

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