Of birthdays and redemption

“Happy birthday to you…happy birthday to you…” Thus began the Saturday evening press conference with the connections of Belmont winner Summer Bird, as jockey Kent Desormeaux entered, serenading trainer Tim Ice. Desormeaux’s high spirits were understandable: after five unsuccessful attempts at a Belmont win, including two aboard Triple Crown contenders, he had finally broken through…

Wednesday morning quick picks

At the end of May, I wrote about the Metropolitan Handicap, noting that the last winner of the Handicap Triple Crown was Fit to Fight; four days after the Met Mile was run, Fit to Fight was euthanized due to, in that classic phrase, “the infirmities of old age.” He stood at Lane’s End and…