In the Paddock: Words

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We’re almost to the end of the season and the number of papers remaining, like racing days, is in the single digits.

Earlier in the meet I did a little experiment, something I’d like to call the words of my life as a writer and editor at The Saratoga Special.

The Google search space in the top right corner of the Firefox browser on the laptop I use at The Special office on Spring Street has gotten a workout.

Whether it’s checking copy, writing copy or simply looking for a phone number to find out how late a spot is staying open or winning a bar bet without being in a bar, there’s a wide array of words and phrases that have been searched.

Words starting with every letter of the alphabet but Q and V have been searched.

Why there’s no Q or V I’m not sure, but I’ll work on it.

Here’s a sampling:

Alacrity, Aron Wellman, Ambassador Noel Kilkenny.

Told you it was random. How about these?

Big Tuna, Bread Basket, Bow Tie Cinema, best selling U.S. wines. Cut of the jib, Cady Hill, Cajun celebration chant, Camden TrainingCenter.

Dr. Wilfred Thompson, Druthers, Donn Handicap.

Elite Racing Club, Eddie Delahoussaye, electric slide, Eric Guillot food.

Forno Toscano, Farrell Jones, Filimbi Head Maarek, Fox Sports 1.

Gary Jones, Greentree Road, Goldfinger, GreenHouse 17.

Hard Spun Darley, Harry M. Stevens Museum, Horseshoe Inn, Healthy Living Market.

I’m as happy as a pig in slop, Idle Hour Country Club, Indiana Grand, Italian restaurants Saratoga.

Jerry and Ann Moss, Jess Jackson, Jess’s Dream, Joe Gleeson.

Kendall Jackson, Kentucky Oaks points, Kentucky Diagnostic Lab, KTA Vision 20/20.

Lelands auction, Lucky Pulpit stud fee, Little Mike, Leonard Reggio.

Midnight Cry, Mark Casse Best Pal, Magnolia Mountain Bloodstock, Maryland football coach.

Nat Rea, Nolan Murphy, Noonmark, Netflix.

Olivia Saylor, Ochre House Stables, Ommegang, One Caroline.

Parx Racing, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Parkside Eatery, Patricia Generazio.

Rags to Riches Belmont, Regis Farms, Reigh Count, Reiley McDonald Will Take Charge.

Stephens Thoroughbreds, shingles, squirrel, Seek Again Wise Dan.

They’re like strawberries, Terrence McCarthy, The Elkstone Group, Tom McGreevey.

Union Craft Brewery, Unbridled’s Song, Under Armor second quarter earnings, Union College Kentucky.

Warrior’s Reward, Wayne Catalano sick, Willis Horton, Wertheimer and frère. Xavier Aizpuru.

You can’t touch this, York Road Timonium.


So there you have it, A to Z (almost) in the world of turf writing and editing. Perhaps I’ll update this list at the end of the meet.

Or better yet, just come up with something that starts with Q or V to incorporate into a story.

Look close the rest of the way. You’ll find it.