The email came in from Tom Law at 9:34 a.m. on Travers Day with the day’s writing assignments. I drew the Forego and, for the second year in a row, the Sword Dancer. It seemed simple enough. Jackie’s Warrior was a heavy favorite and very likely winner in the Forego and I had plenty of … Read more
Todd Pletcher’s back. Did he really go anywhere? The reigning Eclipse Award-winning trainer appeared to spin off the Derby trail as the Derby preps began to wane. The Toyota Blue Grass loomed as the last tollbooth. In typical Pletcher style, he paid the toll for his car and the car behind him (and tipped the … Read more
My father only had one question.
“But, where is the intra-net?”
Eddie Woods remembers the first time.
Welcome to Keeneland. Happy Spring. The Keeneland faithful spent the last two days apologizing for the weather – I told them, ‘don’t listen to the Florida sun chasers, if you’ve spent the winter in Pennsylvania, this is spring.’ Yes, finally spring. Finally Keeneland. Handicapped the Ashland and parked myself next to Bobby Frankel for the … Read more
The first time, it shocked me. The bustling field for the Supreme Novices Hurdle turned down the racecourse for the first, the Cheltenham crowd erupted with its traditional roar, the bon voyage for the greatest jump racing in the world. Yeah, they cheer the start of the race, the start of the Festival. That was … Read more
It was a Bruce Haynes roadtrip. Get up at 3 in the morning, coffee in the thermos, a bag of almonds, suit on a hanger, radio on blare and on the road. It’s only 480 miles from Landenberg, Pa. to Bristol, Va., should be there by 10:30. First speeding ticket by 8:00 – 77 in a … Read more
The blog police will be coming to get me soon, so sorry for staying away from this space. Blame it on the final edition of Steeplechase Times, which finally went to the printer today. Or calendar-sales season. Or parenthood. Or the Christmas trip my wife, Sam, and I are taking with the boys – we’re … Read more
The following article, written by ST’s Tom Law and the winner of the Bill Leggett Breeders’ Cup Writing Award in 2005, is reprinted from the November 6, 2004 issue of Thoroughbred Times.