Go Fishing: Leading trainer discusses Far Hills runners

Jack Fisher will give you a deadpan answer to just about any question. Sometimes, the trainer is serious. Other times, he’s about to laugh in your ear. So let’s get this out of the way at the start.

Good Night Shirt gone at 18

The Shirt is no more. Steeplechase Hall of Famer and two-time champion Good Night Shirt died of colic Sunday. He was 18, and essentially a member of the family while retired at Jack and Sheila Fisher’s farm in Monkton, Md.

The Saturday Special – Oct. 12

All the Breeders’ Cup preps in the books and a brief reprieve before a big weekend of state-bred festival action next weekend, The Saturday Special rolls along approaching the midpoint of October.

Steeplechase Picks & Preview: Va. Fall & Genesee Valley

Ready for the big finish? After a week off, the steeplechase schedule jumps back to life with two stops Saturday – the Virginia Fall Races at Glenwood Park in Middleburg and the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in Geneseo, N.Y. – to launch a six-weekend sprint to the finish. Don’t blink.

The Saturday Special – Oct. 5

You want preps? Are you ready for preps? Good thing, because this week’s edition of The Saratoga Special is loaded with prelims for next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.