Giant Moon, 2005-2011

I adopted Giant Moon late. When he was a three-year-old, I was obsessed with Saratoga Russell; they raced against each other in the 2008 Gotham. Saratoga Russell finished next to last, Giant Moon right behind him. Undeterred, Giant Moon’s connections – owner Albert Fried, Jr. and trainer Rick Schosberg – brought the son of Giant’s…

Over the Moon

Rick Schosberg has trained Giant Moon since his first start as a two-year-old, in September of 2007.  Giant Moon won that race, and his next three, all New York-bred stakes races.  Schosberg has seen him through wins and losses, through injuries and setbacks.  He knows his horse. But yesterday at Saratoga, Giant Moon showed his…

Saratoga Russell at Saratoga

A day at the races offers any number of interesting storylines, opening day at Saratoga more than usual. We could talk about the weather (yes, of course, it rained, but as one NYRA employee said to me after the first race, “Hey, it’s already better than last year—we got a turf race in!”); we could…

Worlds Colliding, Part III

So I arrive at downtown law firm to take care of a little business; I’ve never been there, I don’t know this firm, and I figure that I’ll be waiting a while, so I’ve brought a book, The Buccaneers, an unfinished novel by Edith Wharton. I open the novel in the waiting room, and read…

Rick Schosberg, Rangers fan

“I’d rather have this than a Rangers’ win.” So said Rick Schosberg following Giant Moon’s win in the Grade III Excelsior on April 4th at Aqueduct. And shortly after Giant Moon finished last in his turf début at Belmont and the Rangers had blown a 3-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals to lose in…