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Race Day. Up early, with a to-do list and a departure time. Off to Willowdale for a seven-race card. Weather forecast improving in Pennsylvania while it’s drizzling here in Middleburg. Car full of hats, boots, jackets. Hopefully, they stay there. But it is Willowdale when the weather seems to play lead role more often than not. 

Miles’ baseball game in jeopardy tonight. We are riding a win streak. Of one. 

Two Riverdee runners at Willowdale. Gostisbehere coming right back after winning a maiden claimer two weeks ago. He took the most important drop in racing, from a maiden to a maiden claimer and now he takes the most important hike, from a maiden claimer to facing winners. Hall of Fame trainer Jack Fisher and leading jockey Graham Watters at the helm, two things I never thought I’d type. Well, the latter, sure, especially after landing the job as first-call for Fisher this year and the former, I guess, as wins piled up but certainly not when I was riding first call for him in 1994. Congratulations, Jack, now let’s keep it rolling. 

Include It returns from a win at the Grand National April 17 for Todd Wyatt and Eddie Keating. The 6-year-old takes on seven rivals in another amateur/apprentice timber to close the card. We have taken our time with the Maryland-bred and he seems to have enjoyed the switch to timber. Hopefully, it continues. 

Queens Empire makes his hurdle debut and Douglas Road makes his return on the flat at Middleburg Point-to-Point Sunday. 

After a sequestered year, a doubleheader of racing sounds good. 

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