What’s going on with Alan Garcia?

On opening weekend of Saratoga, I engaged in a Backstretch family tradition during morning workouts: breakfast with the nephews. Not the buffet breakfast on the ground floor of the clubhouse, but bagels and coffee upstairs in the boxes. Part of the tradition is a wander out to the clubhouse entrance, where a circle of jockeys…

Saratoga preview

The annual Saratoga preview, held last night at the National Museum of Racing in the Hall of Fame, was standing room only, with racing fans turning out to hear the thoughts of trainer Nick Zito, jockey Alan Garcia, NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward, and Glens Falls Post-Star writer/handicapper Kyle Brownell. Though the room had…

Thursday morning quick picks

Follow my post yesterday about Tiger Woods and Big Brown, and the subsequent announcement about Tiger Woods’ season-ending injury, Valerie from Foolish Pleasure commented, “And, in true thoroughbred fashion, Tiger is now out for the rest of the year.” Citing the specifics of the injury and of Tiger’s swing, Rick Reilly of ESPN said that…

Saturday at the races

Got to catch the Kentucky Cup Classic from a video link in The Blood-Horse online–maybe it felt different live, but it didn’t seem all that dramatic to me. I guess it was always possible that Street Sense could have blown by Hard Spun, but Hard Spun looked so in control and confident that it looked…