Opinion

What Hour?

Lose an hour of sleep? Spring ahead. What the hell is this?  Ah, I’m usually on an overnight flight to Cheltenham when this ridiculous occurrence occurs. You basically lose a night’s sleep, the hour lost in the shuffle of international travel. Land running, energized by what lies ahead. Highclere Lunch with the Bakers Sunday. Early … Read more

White Out

I did it. Yup, I did it. Pulled up all the snow sticks. It was a beautiful afternoon a few weeks ago, the sun was shining, blue skies, short sleeves and spring was here. For real. I pulled up the white plastic stakes with spray-painted blue tops from the house to the barn and had … Read more

Tick Tick

Some days you look up and it’s 8:14 on a Friday night and you haven’t written a word here.  Four thousand words for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. City Dreamer and Include It schooled, reports pending. Grocery Store. Zoom call with the NSA. The eighth at Golden Gate. Now, halibut and a fresh salad with a friend on … Read more

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Regrets Only

I’m not going to Cheltenham this year. There I said it.  I’m taking a hiatus from my favorite trip this year. This will be the third Festival I’ve missed since 2002. Herniated discs in my neck in 2016. Covid last year. And now this year, for a variety of reasons. I’m OK with it this … Read more

Run

Checking in late today. Hectic day while sitting in front of the computer. Distracted. A long and getting longer list of things to do.  I’m a long way behind Joe and Tom in the iRun Local 1,000 Mile Challenge but there is only one way to catch up. Going for a run around the block. … Read more

The Storm

Another Saratoga star has gone. Get Stormy, winner of the Lure, Bernard Baruch and Fourstardave over five seasons at Saratoga, died March 6. An over-achiever on the track and as a stud, the white-faced stalwart became a favorite around The Saratoga Special office. For a lot of reasons. Bred and owned by throwback owner, Mary … Read more

Electric

“I don’t have a clue what I’m going to do here.” “I don’t know what the hell that is.” “Man, this guy got creative…” This from the electricians outside my door, on the steps to the attic. They go up the steps, down the steps, it sounds like the defensive line of the Packers. Classic … Read more

Farm Life

Long day.  Looked at the stars at Sky Meadows State Park and a dinner party last night. I was doing night check at midnight.  Sunday barn duty – eight horses, all looking for something. No blankets, that’s a bonus.  Toiled in the garden in between morning and afternoon chores. March, when the sky’s the limit … Read more

Awards

We gathered. For the Virginia Steeplechase Awards last night. Big turnout. Great to see.  Riverdee accepted two awards, the Virginia Owner of the Year and the Virginia owned Horse of the Year for City Dreamer.  I said a few words. Here goes.  First of all, I’d like to take a moment for the people of … Read more

Jockey Juarez tackles 48-hour challenge for charity

Nik Juarez goes for runs near Monmouth Park racetrack all the time, but this one – at 3 in the morning – was different.

“What are you doing?” hollered a security guard.

“I’m running.”

“It’s 2 o’clock in the morning.”

“No, it’s 3 o’clock.”

“We’re closed.”

“I know. Can I just run around the parking lot?”