The Inside Rail

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


One final day of Royal Ascot. Bouncing between Royal Ascot and the World Cup all week, while balancing a tray of jobs and tasks at the same time. No dishes on the floor. Yet.

Ascot Dreaming

We are all dreamers. Watching Royal Ascot this morning, the dreams came alive for Tanya and John Gunther, Eve Johnson Houghton and a few others beyond the big names of Gosden, Dettori, Buick, Appleby, Mullins and Abdullah.

Father's Day

To the barn early. Hot, the air is stifling, like a carpet draped across the doorway as you open it. Bugs are out already. Horses – my other eight sons – glad to see me.

Riding in the Hills

I’ve been trying to write every day, good or bad, something to say or not. Somebody told me Saratoga started in five weeks, better start up the engines. Missed yesterday while spending the morning at Fair Hill, the afternoon on I-70 west and the evening riding bikes with Miles and picking weeds in the garden.

Summer Time

Summer has started. Miles is out of school. 

The Penalty Box

“I’m in the penalty box.”

That’s how a friend of mine describes when his stable goes in a slump.

The first time he said it, I said, “What?”

Baseball and Horse Racing

Two assistant coaches – Cubs hats, shirts, sunflower seeds sailing – leaned on the chain link fence, fingers clutched through the mesh as kid-pitch rookie league limped through the fifth inning, or the sixth, could have been the 20th for all I know at Franklin Park Field #3 Thursday night.

One Hall of Famer on another Hall of Famer

While digging around my computer looking for notes, memories, nuggets about the Belmont Stakes – from Silver Charm, my first, to Smarty Jones, the worst, to American Pharoah, the best, I found my favorite quote about Mike Smith.

Summer Time

Where did spring go? The Kentucky Derby and Preakness are over. The Iroquois and Fair Hill have come and gone. The Belmont looms. Saratoga is around the corner and coming fast, the first Special of the season will be in your hands. Time flies.