Veteran trainer Pat Kelly announced his retirement this week. The backstretch won’t be the same. Here’s one of my favorite Cups of Coffee, Cans and Carrots, written July 29, 2016. Pat Kelly parked his bike, a spray-painted, no-brand beater with a fading Free John Veitch bumper stick, a trash bag on the seat, a brass … Read more
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.