Guillot knows when to be serious

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
There’s peeling back the onion. Then there’s hacking it in two with a razor-sharp cleaver and dumping the raw halves in boiling stew water. Owner Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Stables promises that if you take the time to wash off the dirt, then tug and pick your way through the tough, pungent layers of his trainer, Eric Guillot, it’s possible to get to the center of something sweet.

Take talent over voodoo

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
The MacGuffin for “Voodoo II: Electric Juju Boogaloo” is hanging from a tree on the Oklahoma side of Union Avenue.
Same producer, same director, same cast of characters, same set. Hell, same caterer for the crew, with an updated menu.
Same plot? Spoiler alert: No.

Filly's death a real tragedy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Abby Adsit held it together.
Her filly, unfortunately, could not.
Saratoga Race Course patrons near the mouth of the horse path leading onto the track from the paddock were front and center for a bizarre, heart-wrenching scene on Wednesday.

Learning from her mistakes

Monday, July 28, 2014
Sheila Rosenblum was a ballerina who went through The Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet.
She was also a model, working for agencies like Wilhelmina (think Iman and Beyonce) and Ford (think . . . well, just grab every copy of People magazine from the last 20 years).
Because of ballet, there’s one segment of modeling that she is ill-equipped for: “I could never do a foot ad,” she said with a laugh. “I have the bloody toes to prove it.”
And yet, she never really knew from bloody until she dipped one of her powerful toes into the waters of thoroughbred racing ownership.

Wicked Strong keeps on giving

Sunday, July 27, 2014
There’s something perfectly Boston about how the word “wicked” has been twisted into something good. Something strong.
Have trophy, will travel

Have trophy, will travel

Friday, July 25, 2014
OK, I’m trophied out.
I’ve seen Union College’s national hockey championship hardware in so many places by now that its image in my mind’s eye is beginning to transmogrify from the simple, elegant wooden piece that it is into the Travelocity gnome.
I will welcome the point at which my trophy muscles are allowed to atrophy.
But that time is not yet.

Rashard Lewis is hooked on racing

Friday, July 25, 2014
The tree was gone.
In the spirit of restoration for which this spa city is famous, a new tree seemed to have arrived to take its place on Thursday.

McCarthy finally gets to winner's circle

Monday, July 21, 2014
Their house is only two blocks up Wright Street, but they had to drag Anthony McCarthy Sr. to Saratoga Race Course kicking and screaming.
His son, Anthony Jr., on the other hand, couldn’t get there fast enough.

Danger for jockeys shown only too clearly

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Before I could talk to Ortiz, who knew Pizarro well, Ortiz and his mount, Broad Rule, missed trampling the tumbling body of Rosario Montanez by who knows how many inches. Montanez will be in the hospital for who knows how many days to get his smashed-up face repaired, along with treatment for rib and pelvis injuries.

A little piece of heaven

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Man, this place just delivers.
Time and again.

Sanford isn't just another big race

Friday, July 18, 2014
Today’s rabbithole is brought to you by the fine folks who once operated one of the most influential breeding and racing operations in North America.
And they did so in Amsterdam, up the hill on Route 30.

Jerkens missed at Spa

Thursday, July 17, 2014
The melancholy isn’t supposed to happen until the end. Allen Jerkens eagerly tells of how he watched the 1973 Whitney from the infield, where he saddled Onion because of the massive crowd, and how he fully expected to see Secretariat a length ahead once they came back into view from behind the toteboard.

Spa trainer Chad Brown won't chase numbers

Sunday, July 13, 2014
To get back and forth from his barns to the clockers stand on the Oklahoma training track, Chad Brown uses a shortcut between Todd Pletcher’s barns. Maybe Brown would have a better shot at taking a run at the Pletcher machine for the Saratoga Race Course training title if he was willing to cut some corners in the condition book, but that’s not going to happen.

Genuine message, slickly conveyed

Saturday, July 12, 2014
LeBron James was pulled back to Cleveland on Friday, ending what wasn’t so much a soap opera as a dizzying frenzy of media speculation, with the jilted city’s self-esteem hanging in the balance.

When genders collide

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
>I wasn’t sure if perhaps a horse had broken down. Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle’s voice was hard to hear, but something he said and something that was happening on the grandstand turn far from view prompted a reaction from the crowd that was immediate, absolute and universal.

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