Sightseek in the Beldame

What does it take to make Bobby Frankel cry? One of his best, and favorite, fillies winning a Grade I in her last race, and coming home safe. In the fall of 2004, my nascent interest in horse racing was burgeoning; it had been the summer of Afleet Alex at Saratoga, and for the first…

“A wall of horses before the favorite…English Channel will have to try to squeeze through on the inside…oh, it’s so tight! English Channel has just muscled his way to victory…” Standing on the rail just before the winner’s circle, I couldn’t believe my eyes…or my ears. What a call by Durkin (read the wrong way,…

Super Sunday at Belmont

Today’s the biggest day of the Belmont Fall Meet, with four Grade I races, all with “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup implications. Knowing that that alone will not be enough to draw people to the races on a Sunday, NYRA is also giving away green folding chairs. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m looking…