Middleburg Recap: Lyonell wins Grade 2 debut

Jack Doyle, in sweat-stained green and yellow silks and carrying what little tack he used to do 146 (six pounds over), cut between fans and horsemen after the Temple Gwathmey at Middleburg April 21 and thought back to an October conversation, an October declaration.

The Monday Special – April 23

Spring finally showed up across a significant swath of the eastern side of the U.S. and with it increased anticipation of the season ahead that includes the American and European classics, top steeplechase meetings and more.

The Saturday Special – April 21

Graded stakes at Santa Anita and Keeneland, Preakness Preview Day at Laurel and a stakes-filled Charles Town Classic card top the previews in this week’s edition of The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Picks & Preview: Grand National and Middleburg

Big weekend. The Virginia steeplechase circuit kicks off in earnest with a stellar card at the Middleburg Spring Races, win and you’re booked for the Iroquois and, perhaps Saratoga. The Maryland timber scene pivots with the Grand National, win or place, and you can dream of crossing Tufton Avenue.

The Monday Special – April 16

Another busy weekend in the books and now a brief moment to take a deep breath, relax for a moment and rev up again with the Kentucky Derby, Middleburg Spring, Maryland Hunt Cup and so much more down the road.

Icy Opener

The horses returned to Saratoga Race Course over the weekend – all nine, and a couple outrider ponies – and so did the rain, ice and light snow, forcing a slower start to the first official day of training on the Oklahoma Training Track.