I was in kindergarten the first time I went to the track, to see one of my parents’ horses run at Saratoga Harness; a trip to the flats came later, after we moved to Saratoga in 1978.
I started Brooklyn Backstretch in 2007, interrupting a teaching career; what began as a hobby has merged with my life in education to become a second opportunity to do what I love. The educator in me teaches high school English in Brooklyn; the writer in me contributes to Forbes.com, New York Breeder, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, The Blood-Horse, The Racing Biz, Hello Race Fans!, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, and The Saratogian. My work has also appeared in Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred Times, and USA Today, and at Belmont Stakes.com and The Rail at the New York Times.
Other appearances: The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Race Course and Only A Game radio.
Memberships and affiliations: the board of directors of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, the board of directors for the Belmont Child Care Association, the nominating and voting committees for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and the historical committee for the Saratoga 150 celebration.
That guy in the photo? That’s Tie Break, a horse to which I developed an unreasonable affection in 2005 when he raced at Aqueduct. He now lives at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York, a rescue and retirement facility for which I volunteer.
I’m a Brooklyn dweller and an erstwhile and occasional resident of Saratoga Springs, New York. When not teaching or writing, I’m watching the Rangers at the Garden, playing Scrabble, or rescuing cats.