The Inside Rail

Contributions from TIHR co-founder, editor and writer Sean Clancy.

Hit Me

Has it hit you? Like, really, hit you. Like, stop-and-sink hit you. 

Home Office

“Miles, turn on channel 9705.”


“Turn on 9705. Watch the turf race at Belmont.”

What If

Oh, what might have been. That’s the story of the Triple Crown for so many through the years. For all but 13, actually. 

If only Alydar was born another year. If only Smarty Jones could have rated another few strides. If only Real Quiet hadn’t moved when he did. If only California Chrome could have...if only Funny Cide would have...if only...if only.

Pitch & Putt

Darrel McHargue hit a sweet drive and was on his way to the green for a three-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole at Palm Desert Golf Course in California when his phone rang.

For the Horse

Found this in the archives of The Saratoga Special. 2008.

We should be...

I catch myself saying it, thinking it, pondering it. We should be...

Cup of Coffee: Know Him

In the ongoing, never-ending, sarcastic, sensationalist, one-upmanship of the Internet, the comment has rung and stung from the beginning.

James R. Wyatt, Jr.

I can hear the pages turning, can see them in my friend’s trembling hands. One by one, six pages, front and back, printed pages, from a typewriter back when letters punched the paper, words laid out like bricks in a wall, offering permanency and finality.

Open Saturday

Binoculars. Passes. Sport coat. Tape recorder. Mints. Water bottle (reusable). Two Fasig-Tipton pens. Sharpie for autographs. Betting money. Eating money. Green or red tie? Boots or loafers? Raincoat? Yeah, can’t hurt, throw it in the car.

John Prine, an old friend who I never met

Ironically, there’s a fly buzzing around the kitchen as I sit down in the dark, pour the first cup of coffee and think about John Prine.