Looking back, and ahead

The attention paid here over the weekend to Rachel and Russell might have led readers to believe that little else was happening in the racing world, so we’re taking a minute to recap other points of interest: Ventured out for my second visit to twilight racing on Friday afternoon; the Festival Tent had been taken…

Torn between two tracks

The laws of physics are getting in my way today. As this posts, I am at Monmouth for the day, to catch some workouts and spend the day at the races, but there’s much at Belmont that I’ll be keeping my eye on. In the first race, That’srightofficer (Do you know how happy it makes…

Discovery day at the Big A

If it had been forty or fifty degrees warmer, and if there had been another twenty or so thousand people around, Aqueduct might have been Saratoga. We’re still on the turf—for three races yesterday—and both the fourth and the sixth races featured beautifully bred two year olds maidens, with progeny of Storm Cat, Awesome Again,…

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…

Monday at the races

On Monday morning, after several torrential downpours (what’s new?) overnight, I stopped by the barn of Dominick Galluscio to wish good luck to Early Response (by Hook and Ladder—clever, yes?), a two year old bay colt making his first start in yesterday’s seventh race. Four of the ten state-bred entries would be on the track…