Remembering Bruce Johnstone

For most of the last 13 years, a few minutes before post time at New York Racing Association tracks, you could invariably find Bruce Johnstone lounging against the rail in the winner’s circle. Looking tanned regardless of the season, he exuded calmness and relaxation, an appearance that belied an alertness to everything from a balky…

Mike Repole’s Pleasant Surprise

Mike Repole seems to like pretty much everything about horse racing. Growing up in Queens, New York and hanging out at Aqueduct Racetrack, he absorbed the flavor of the track, reveling in its grittiness and its beauty, its excitement and its challenges. Now an owner and a breeder, his enthusiasm is undiminished, perhaps heightened by…

The Saga of Saginaw

Between August 15, 2009 and March 8, 2012, Saginaw won seven races. He raced 22 times, most of them for the man who bred him, Ted Taylor, earning $277,690, mostly in optional claimers. By pretty much any measure, he was a racing success. Last year, though, Saginaw became a star. In March 2012, Drawing Away…