The final days of 2017 are here and with them the time to look back at the most well read stories here at This Is Horse Racing. Consider it our version of a Year in Review with a bit of a twist since we don’t use a formula, poll the staff or some other unspoken approach.
The list is developed straight from traffic numbers, so consider this your list as much as ours. We'll count down the top 10 from now until New Year's Eve.
First up is Tom Law’s piece from almost a year ago, January 17 to be exact and a few days after the death of respected upstate New York horseman Glenn DiSanto. Titled “DiSanto’s death a loss for New York racing,” the story looked back at a visit with DiSanto for the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with the Little Guys, a later meeting at the ReRun facility in East Greenbush and another encounter with the man on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course.
The interaction at ReRun stood out.
“Fast forward to that afternoon at ReRun, where DiSanto stopped in to chat with Molloy about some horses that had been donated to the program, adopted out and give an update on some others that might need a home,” Tom wrote. “During the brief visit DiSanto was everything I’d ever heard about him, friendly, thoughtful, honest and insightful.
“The conversation weaved everywhere from the death of Kingmambo that morning, working on a foal-sharing deal with Coolmore, donating and selling horses for the show ring and eventing, the differences between male and female riders in the saddle and out, his farm near Greenwich, a recent vacation to Cancun, social media and the collection of zealots and critics it harbors and of course, horses.”
DiSanto lost his battle with cancer at the age of 62, leaving a void in the local horse community still felt today.
The story ran January 17 and is No. 10 on the Top 10 for 2017.