Witness at the sales

A yellow taxi drops off a could-be buyer. Leslie Deckard scans the Internet. One man crosses his leg and peruses his catalogue in the top row.

Call of the Hall

Monday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony hit a sweet chord all around. The participants were funny, sentimental and gracious, and never failed to forget what brought them all together on a summer morning in Saratoga Springs – the horses.

Hall of a day in Saratoga

Last night, millions of dollars bandied around the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. A million here, a million there. Buyers gulped. Consignors sang. Fans clapped. Tonight brings more of the same at the annual selected sale of yearlings.

Fourstardave recap: Giant Run

Peachtree Stable’s founder John Fort glanced at his program prior to Sunday’s Fourstardave Handicap and couldn’t help but think of the one statement that offered more questions than answers.

Hall of Fame person, jockey

This was supposed to be a proper feature about Edgar Prado being elected into the Hall of Fame. I was going to talk to him, his family, his agent, his valet and his trainers. It was going to start in Peru, then glide into Maryland and finish in New York.

Test recap: Blessed Event

She came. She conquered.

Bob Baffert stabled Indian Blessing in Saratoga with one race on her agenda. The Grade I Test Stakes, going 7 furlongs for $250,000. The daughter of Indian Charlie went off 1-4 and looked 1-10 with a flawless effort in the 83rd running of the Test. Under John Velazquez, Indian Blessing toyed with five rivals to improve her career record to 7-for-9 and nearly $2 million in earnings. Owned and bred by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, Indian Blessing improved her 2008 mark to 4-for-6 with two seconds. She earned an Eclipse Award last year as top juvenile filly and has returned to her stellar best after two defeats earlier this year made her look vulnerable.

Santa Calls

How often do you make phone calls you want to make? How many times do you dial your cell phone and think, ‘I’m going to make a man’s life with this phone call.’ Have you ever?

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