Schuylerville recap: Both sides of the coin

Schuylerville favorite Ocean Colors wobbled to a stop, spread-legged just past the finish of the 6-furlong Opening Day stakes. The previously undefeated daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors emptied to finish last, and then felt the pangs of the effort. Her legs looked like four poles holding up a sagging tent as the early evening rain pelted her. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi slipped the bridle from her muddy head. Trainer Steve Asmussen helped dump buckets of water over her back. Chief veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa choreographed and analyzed the hectic scene.

Sanford preview: New Deputy in Toddtown

The grass looks like it’s been groomed by Vidal Sassoon. The walking ring could pass for a scale replica of the main track’s oval. The shedrow has fewer rocks than your swimming pool.

What Brown Can Do

Nineteen years ago, Chad Brown clutched a program and a pen and begged for autographs from Saratoga jockeys. Brown and his parents would make their annual trips from their home in Mechanicville and 9-year-old Brown would pester Mike Smith, Chris Antley, Robbie Davis and any jockey who walked past for a signature. In between autographs, … Read more

Just minutes to post

There were a couple of “good mornings” on Monday morning. A few, “Hey, how’ve you beens,” and even one “this is what you do all morning, stand around?” As the tour went from the Annex (where we did the standing around), to Oklahoma, through Horse Haven, around Clare Court and down Nelson Avenue – with … Read more

Sure Thing at Saratoga? Uncertainty.

Bill Mott swung into his western saddle and ambled his way to the track to watch his last set gallop on the main track Tuesday morning. The sun was out, the rain loomed and all thoughts were on Opening Day Saratoga 2008.  Mott laughed at the absurdity of predicting what might happen. Defending his leading-trainer … Read more

Going back to The Whip

Ever been to The Whip? I was there before The Whip was The Whip. Then known as the Country Place Deli, the cinderblock square at the corner of Route 841 and Springdell Road in Chester County, Pa. lured an odd mix of cowboys and kids. The cowboys drank beer and threw darts in the back … Read more

Small but mighty

Four. Six if you count part-timers. Seven if you count my dad, who does Pennsylvania distribution. Eight if you count Barry Watson, who handles Maryland and Virginia. Other than the occasional freelance writer, some independent advertising sales people, a core group of freelance photographers and a cast of volunteers, that’s the staff of Steeplechase/Eventing Times. … Read more

Go on, Draco

Visitors, we get visitors at ST Publishing World Headquarters here in Fair Hill. Deliverymen, horsemen, salesmen, relatives, old bosses, relatives’ old bosses, young people, old people, lost people. One day last week, a visitor reminded us of why we do what we do. He came to watch a horse run on TVG. A few moments … Read more

Radnor recap: Why, Certainly!

MALVERN, Pa. – Things were different a year ago. Be Certain hadn’t yet seen a race course, let alone a National Fence. Planets Aligned had just tasted his first success following two disastrous steeplechase starts. And Chip Miller caught Matt McCarron at the wire to win the National Hunt Cup. Some 363 days and 4:54 … Read more