The news – from the flat to the family.
Yellow Mountain is home at Jonathan Sheppard’s farm in Pennsylvania. After a few arduous weeks at the clinic in Tennessee, the Irish-bred gelding is resting comfortably and looking for a home. Good result after a trying day at the Iroquois back in May.
We’re still praying for Paddy Young. We’ve only heard encouraging news, hoping to see the Champ back to his old self. He has mountains to climb. But, who would you rather have at the bottom of a mountain? Keep praying, it can’t hurt.
The Triple Crown has come and gone. Todd Pletcher: 2. Chad Brown: 1. Yawn.
Mike Smith put on a clinic Saturday. His ride on Abel Tasman should be the first video at every jockey school in the world. Long since elected to the Hall of Fame, Smith is riding with flare and flourish, the definition of definitiveness.
With the Triple Crown in the books, all thoughts are on Saratoga. You should advertise in The Special or tell someone to advertise in The Special.
Douglas Road scored one for the home team, taking a maiden turf at Delaware Park Monday. Purchased in April, the 3-year-old led wire-to-wire. Mom and Dad made the win picture, another family photo from Delaware Park to go with the Restless Singleton, Rollicking Run, Smokum Scout and so many others. And for all of you who have asked if he’s a jumper, not yet and hopefully never.
Kieran Norris is training from the car. We’ll spend a morning with last year’s champ before the summer is over.
Miles finished his third season of Little League, anchoring first base for the Orioles this season. As he described a play at first, “It was like an hour’s worth of phases in one second.” He caught a high throw from the shortstop, a snow-cone-shut-your-eyes-miracle-of-a-moment. There is nothing like seeing your kid react and achieve on his own.
Willie Mullins brought two high-profile, duel-purpose horses to Belmont Park for the 2-mile Belmont Park Invitational June 9. Wicklow Brave and Clondaw Warrior broke slowly and wound up fifth and 10th respectively. “It was over at the break. I’m sorry about that,” Mullins told jockey Javier Castellano after Wicklow Brave rallied to be fourth. He’ll get it right next time.
That’s all for now.