The Inside Rail

The Inside Rail – Catching Up

Catching up from Sean Clancy’s daily posts since March. Thursday, June 16, 2022.Horse Tracker on Racing Post. Part ticker. Part black book. Part Post-it Note. Part alarm clock. It’s filled with eyecatchers from somewhere along the line, a lot of hunches, a few tips and touts, fresh faces and old friends. Some I remember, with … Read more

Guest Writer

It’s at the top of Cleeve Hill, right before we dive into the maelstrom that it hits me. Festival Radio crackles to life, the course opens like a picnic blanket in front of you, the memories and the possibilities rattle and it’s all at the touch.  My friend, George Baker, said it better than I … Read more

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


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


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


“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