Here & There – February 23

Festivals here, festivals there; we’ve got them all covered for the most part in this week’s edition of Here & There. The Maryland Jockey Club rolled out a spread for its Winter Festival at Laurel Park last weekend, minus the winter of course, and the Cheltenham Festival is closing in quickly.

Throwback Thursday: Chris Antley and Charismatic

The two names became forever linked that fateful afternoon, June 5, 1999, at Belmont Park, and ever since it’s impossible to mention one without the other. Charismatic and Chris Antley. Chris Antley and Charismatic.

Hear it Here: Jonathan Thomas

One of our own, Jonathan Thomas, hit Steeplechase Times as an apprentice jockey when he went on a tear winning six races in 1999 and seven races in 2000. The Virginian’s burgeoning career came to a crashing halt when he fell from Darn Tipalarm at Colonial Downs in 2000.

Throwback Thursday: Winning and Losing with Robby Albarado

In celebration of Robby Albarado's 5,000th career victory (accomplished Jan. 22), we dug around the archives. Here's the 43-year-old Louisiana native talking about the best and worst losses in his career. Published in The Saratoga Special Aug. 29, 2009.

Here & There February 13

We don't know what the weather was like at your place today, but the wind made Fair Hill feel like Mt. Everest today. Katie the Labrador didn't seem to mind, though she's sound asleep on the office bed after putting in the miles (see By The Numbers below). As for the team, we rounded up a little of this and a little of that for another installment of Here & There. Enjoy. And Happy Valentine's Day, from Katie and all of us.

Life on the Farm: Busy winter mornings

While the sun cherishes its last hour of slumber, Joe McMahon silences his 5:45 a.m. alarm and rolls out of bed, pulling on a green quilted jacket and brown driving cap as he leaves his cozy brick home for a brisk 10-degree Sunday morning at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds just outside Saratoga Springs.