The Inside Rail

Big weekend last week.

Gibralfaro won his American debut, a photo decision over his stablemate Lord Justice in the Tryon Block House hurdle feature. I was at Keeneland, listening to the commentary of Sue Sensor (she’s a natural) and the call of Tony Bentley. The nerves that boiled when I bought him on spec for £28,000 from Common Grounds, the Middleburg coffee shop, turned to thrills. Sometimes it works like that.

With runners at the Manor, Tryon and Keeneland, I went to the latter while the team dispersed to the former. Two seconds with two homebreds at Keeneland helped sweeten the weekend. Charlie LoPresti, once again, showing he does great work over the winter in Kentucky while the rest of the world goes south. Jewish Holiday disappointed at the Manor, but hopefully he’ll regroup. Onward.

Another big weekend on tap, with four runners at Middleburg. Our local, there's nothing like living miles from the track instead of states.

In the words of George Baker – must dash. Off to Williamsburg for Miles’ field trip. I’m a chaperone. Imagine.