What should we know, and when should we know it?

Earlier this week, the internet lit up with the news of the birth of Rachel Alexandra’s first foal, a colt by Curlin.  Stonestreet Farm released a statement, photos, and video; good wishes, congratulations, and coverage exploded on news sites, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On Friday afternoon, delight turned to unease as rumors began to surface…

The words of Mr. Wilkin

I didn’t think that I would write about Rachel Alexandra’s retirement. What was I going to say?  That I was surprised? (I wasn’t.)  That I found it odd? (I didn’t.)  That I disagree with the decision? (I don’t.)  That I’m disappointed? (I’m not.) Panegyrics have appropriately flooded the media, lauding the first three-year-old filly Horse…

The conversation continues…

On the Belmont backstretch on Monday morning, a blissful unawareness of the calendar might have led one to think that it was spring. Trainers, exercise riders, spectators—all gradually shed layers as the sun rose higher. “It’s HOT!” was overheard more than once. A lone horse trained on the turf course. But instead of the blue…

Rachel Alexandra, at the Spa, making history

Sunday morning on the Saratoga backstretch was quiet. Yesterday’s heroics in the books, the feeling of the end of the meet is undeniable, and many, it seems have packed up and left: the sparse crowd at the backstretch coffee stand mirrors the empty stalls across the grounds. It’s cold, too, perhaps the coldest morning the…

The Big Day

It is the morning of which Saratoga dreams are made, and the racing gods ensure that everything’s perfect.At 6:30 am, the sun is peeking over the trees, but bathing the track and the horses working out over it in golden light. The morning fog without which no Saratoga photograph is complete shows up on schedule,…