In the Paddock

Twenty-five and counting

Walking through the entrance gates at Churchill Downs Friday felt in stark contrast to what it was like back on May 2, 1998. That day marked Kentucky Derby No. 1 and helped fulfill a personal goal to be on the scene of America’s greatest race. How it came about has been well told, especially so … Read more

Saratoga clocker Lynett will be missed

Dave Lynett’s name appeared many times through the years on this website and in the pages of The Saratoga Special. Retired from the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, Lynett later embarked on a second career as a clocker with the New York Racing Association at the Oklahoma Training Track in his native Saratoga Springs. … Read more

Give & Take

Pick a side. Are you a giver or taker? It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, mostly after deciding to write a story about a couple barbers from Schenectady who decided to produce video vignettes highlighting the work of the valuable and often forgotten men and women of the backside. The story ran … Read more

Rain, rain, rain

Lightning flashed and thunder shook the windows of my Butchertown Airbnb apartment before sunrise Tuesday. Then the rain came, after training hours began but before the half-hour window from 7:30 to 8 a.m. designated for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks runners. Todd Pletcher thought about sending Mo Donegal, Charge It and Pioneer Of Medina, … Read more

Derby Time

The best week of the year – not counting every week at Saratoga – has finally arrived. I’m ready for the 80-mile trek from Lexington to Louisville for the 148th Kentucky Derby. The first came by way of Albany to Cincinnati and down to Louisville, way back in 1998, as a sportswriter for the hometown … Read more

Challenge Complete

Early in the final full week of August, before the Travers and with light at the end of the tunnel that was the 2021 Saratoga meeting, my mileage meter clicked from the 400s to more than 500.

Almost there

“You’re really putting in the miles,” my friend Megan said about a month ago. “You’re probably going to catch me.”

Final strides

The 2021 winter solstice came and went Tuesday, along with another 6 miles hopefully on the way to 1,000 for the year.

Mind Games

How did you spend the almost 20-minute delay before the debacle that was Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf?