THE OUTSIDE RAIL | by Joe Clancy

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What are you doing Thursday night? If you live anywhere near Wilmington, Del., get to Theatre N and see “Being AP.” The documentary chronicles the last season of jump jockey Tony McCoy’s career.

McCoy, if you don’t know, was the dominant jockey in English/Irish National Hunt Racing and arguably the most dominant athlete of his time no matter the sport.

If you’re alive in 2016, you probably know someone. If you’re in Thoroughbred racing in 2016, you know someone. Or at least that’s the way it seems when it comes to alcoholism and its connection to racing, and everyday life.

I know a whole lot of people who are recovering alcoholics. Many are in racing. Some are quite close to me. I admire their courage, their ability to set aside that part of their lives, their skill at living one day at a time in sobriety and sanity. They didn’t destroy their lives, though some tell me they almost did, and they pretty much all left at least some destruction behind them.

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I write horses’ stories, watch them race, see them train, maybe get to say hello in the barn or feed them a mint. Some, I’ve forgotten about. Others, I can’t help but remember.

And I remember Change Of Command.

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Twelve questions from the Iroquois...

Nyquist has been to 33 of the last 36 Preaknesses. He’ll make it 34 of 37 Saturday. He’s even been to several runnings of the Belmont Stakes to try (and usually fail) to see history – Big Brown let him down; American Pharoah came through. Nyquist went to a few Breeders’ Cups at Santa Anita and was at Keeneland for Thoroughbred racing’s championship day last year.