Periodic columns from our staff and the occasional guest.

The Hero

“Count your coughs. Change your leads. Watch my flag.”

The Closer

“Hey Miles, Mariano Rivera is coming to Saratoga this summer.”

True Calling

They don’t make horses like Quick Call anymore, but that’s OK. The one they did make might just live forever. The 35-year-old gelding is the senior resident of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances farm at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, N.Y.

Eight Weeks

It’s July 11 and we’re in Saratoga.

The Walk

There’s Lena. Sparky. Robbie. Clocker Dave. Cindy. Rusty’s cat. The long shrill of another lost horse signaling to another lost horse, they’ll settle down in a few days, once, they know that this place is OK.


The road trip continues.


First leg of a four-state road trip.

Royal Couch

A few years ago, Joey asked me about my schedule in mid June.