Two Emersons, Strong and Brave

Last fall, trainer Phil Schoenthal and his wife Sarah found themselves in an unendurable position. Their three-year-old son Emerson was living in the hospital, suffering from the effects of a rare heart condition, and in need of a new heart. Their fears and concerns about their own son were more than any parent should bear.…

T Loves a Fight: He Knows When We Need Him

On January 26, 2017, I was sitting in the Perlmutter Cancer Center in Manhattan, receiving the fourth of 16 scheduled treatments of chemotherapy and antibodies following a breast cancer diagnosis. That day at Aqueduct, a maiden claimer trained by Mike Hushion, who had also undergone cancer treatment, won the first race by a nose. The…

Highest Honors Enters Travers Picture

W.S. Farish’s homebred Highest Honors added his name to the list of possible starters for the Travers (G1) on August 24 with a decisive, come-from-behind win in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga on Friday. Running last in the field of eight, Highest Honors was in no hurry, and neither was even-money favorite Looking at Bikinis, who set…

This Week at Saratoga: July 24 – 31

Wednesday, July 24 At the track… $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap, fillies and mares three and up, six furlongs on the dirt. $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division, one mile, three-year-olds sired by stallions standing in New York, turf In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room: Battlefield and Beyond, which…