The Inside Rail

Fair Hill? Already. Where did the spring go?

Weren’t we just jogging up hills, wind whipping, horses huddled in Rambo blankets, breaking ice in both buckets and wating for the condition book to start circling races? Now, spring is over and summer’s here, Saratoga is looming (reserve your space in The Special!), time flies, time flies. We are reminded yet again.

Jack Fisher has dominated the sport this spring, the 12-time champion could win 20 races this spring. Twenty winners in the spring! That's a good year (five years) for a lot of jump trainers. Jonathan Sheppard has banged out winners like he always does. Leslie Young, Kathy Neilson have been strong. As for the jockeys, Mikey Mitchell has climbed to the top, he rides patiently and precisely. Bruton Street-US has climbed back to the top of the heap, although, the likes of Irv Naylor and Rosbrian Farm are buying and aiming. Horses? Awesome to see Scorpiancer return to win the Iroquois, nothing like seeing horses regain their crowns, reminded me of Kauto Star winning the Gold Cup, sure, on a smaller scale (our scale) but still an achievement of heady proportions.

Off to the races. 

Love the twilight card at Fair Hill today, it’s something we’ve been talking about for years around Steeplechase Times’ office and Fair Hill Training Center. Our vision, four or five races (flat and/or jump) on good ground every Friday in the summer. Bet races, see friends, create an event. All possible with the vision that’s being created at Fair Hill.

Two Riverdee runners at Fair Hill. Biedermeier and Lonely Weekend. Both have talent, both have something to prove. We’ll try to stay in the second spot in the owner’s standings, although there are arsenals all around us.