And this is the time to win championships.

THE OUTSIDE RAIL | by Joe Clancy

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You going racing this weekend? Good stuff all over, especially at Parx Racing (which is still difficult to type – had to delete Philadelphia Park) which features the return of California Chrome in the Pennsylvania Derby and a scary good rendition of the Grade 1 Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies.

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You wonder how anyone can do it. How do people work with racehorses, closely? How do they care so much? How do they worry about every little detail – the feed, the bedding, the hay, the bandages, the riders, the tack, the dust, the coat, the hooves, the flies, the coughs, the saddle pads, the water, the electrolytes, the heart, the back, the tendons, the knees, the ankles, the airway, the mane, the tail, the eyes. 

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It took a rainy day to make me write this column. It’s been circulating – the interview happened 10 days ago and the interview notes have been open on my laptop for a solid week. 

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At some point, his mother called him Smilin’ Eyed Jack. And they say I’m the writer. Never has a better description been given about a person than the one Sam hung on our middle son.

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Joe Bravo rapped. Rajiv Maragh dressed like an Indian. Julien Leparoux was a cop and an outlaw. Joe Rocco Jr. wrote his own song. Rosie Napravnik put on weight. Robbie Davis sang a terrible song, but made a great speech. 

And the whole place laughed and smiled and sang along.

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