And this is the best time of the year.

THE OUTSIDE RAIL | by Joe Clancy

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The Ortiz brothers (1 and 1A) are 8-5. Mike Luzzi and John Velazquez are 15-1. Manuel Franco is 2-1. Leading jockey Javier Castellano is 6-1. 

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You’ve seen Kieran Norris before. You gasped, you might have screamed. You probably elbowed your neighbor and screamed, “DID YOU SEE THAT!”

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Honey, they shrunk The Special. If you’re keeping score at home or adding to a collection you’ve kept in your basement over the years, yes The Special is smaller this year.

 

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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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