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Well, well, well, we’ve reached that point in the year when it’s time to look back before we look ahead, the count our blessings and thank the readers.

Racing certainly went through its fair share of ups and downs in 2019. The downs seemed to get the most play, inside and outside the industry, for one reason or another, but there was plenty to celebrate on the year.

Before we embark on another year here at This Is Horse Racing – 2020 will mark eight years since we transitioned the former ST-Publishing site to TIHR – let’s look back at the most popular stories for 2019. Consider it our year in review, courtesy of you the reader.

We didn’t need to go too far back into the archives for the lead-off to the Top 10, just to the end of the steeplechase season and one of the best displays of sportsmanship our game saw in 2019.

The tenth most read story of the year, “A Tie at the Top for Mitchell, Doyle,” went live on Sean Clancys blog “The Inside Rail” Nov. 13. Sean’s piece outlined Jack Doyle’s late-season surge toward the top of the NSA rider standings before an injury at Callaway Gardens kept him out of the final meet in Charleston. The title would certainly to go Mikey Mitchell, who led most of the season before falling into a tie with Doyle. Mitchell had live mounts for Jack Fisher at the last meet, but opted to sit it out.

“Respected in all camps, Mitchell and Doyle each deserve the title. And each will get it,” Sean wrote. “Sunday morning, Fisher walked into the tack room and looked at Mitchell. ‘So, Charleston, what do you want to do?’ the trainer asked.”

Read the rest of the story to find out Mitchell’s answer, and more.

No. 10: A Tie at the Top for Mitchell, Doyle