New York Showcase Day!

How do I love thee, New York Showcase Day? Let me count the ways! Tomorrow at Belmont Park is all about New York, on and off the track. And having spent all but 10 years of my life here, I am rather an unabashed cheerleader for all things Empire State. (OK, maybe not all things.…

Friday morning quick picks from Saratoga

Today brings the first of two twilight racing cards at the Spa this summer; post time is 2:30. Yesterday brought several promotions to the track: a short-sleeved T-shirt giveaway and a mid-summer St. Patrick’s Day. As I walked into the track just as the first race went off, I saw, in quick succession: people lined…

Showcases and the Dash

New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park is as big a racing day for me as the Gold Cup, as the Travers, as the Wood. When the stakes schedule comes out, I mark my calendar: Showcase Day is a non-negotiable day at the races. As usual, NYRA’s got a slate of activities planned: handicappers can…

Monday quick picks

It’s the last day of week four, Monday of Travers week, day 24. We won’t see Rachel Alexandra this weekend, but Jess Jackson’s decision insures that any final weekend doldrums will be swept aside by the appearance of his super-filly in the Woodward. Highlights of the weekend include the oft-mentioned ninth race on Saturday, in…

A little meta in the morning

As I was writing yesterday’s post about a shortened racing season in New York, I found myself with plenty to say (shocker, that) but writing with a certain unease, unsure whether the presence of a rumor on a website and the absence of any other information on the topic was enough to merit its consideration.…

Saturday at the Big A

Whenever I go to Aqueduct, I assume that it’s going to be cold. A pleasant surprise, then, that yesterday was sunny and warm, and most of us at the Big A were overdressed, especially when we stood in the sun. In fact, the weather was far nicer today than it was on most Saturdays at…

Thursday morning quick picks

Random notes on some Brooklyn Backstretch favorites recently in action: Nacascolo, last seen being vanned off at Saratoga, was entered in a race at Delaware Park on September 14th; the race came off the turf, which is presumably why Nacascolo was scratched, but it was nice to see that he was in fact OK. Some…

Being Bullish

“Is Mr. Schwartz around?” I ask a stablehand, having no idea what the trainer looks like. He looks at me skeptically. “Not here right now,” he says. “Be back in a few minutes. In a pink cart.” A pink cart? OK. That should make it easy. I get a cup of coffee, and when I…

Wednesday quick picks

I regret to inform Superterrific Stables of Green but Game that based on updated Take Ten! standings, I must unfortunately remove her blanket of roses as the winner of the Brooklyn Backstretch mini-league, and toss it over to Katie at Trip’s Triple Crown Stable, who finished first in our league and sixtieth overall. Congratulations, Katie—please…