Thoughts from our editor, Joe Clancy. For archived editorials click here.

A long road to Old Hilltop

Uncle Lew wrote a letter, a few actually, and received actual responses. And soon I was in a Subaru, or maybe it was a pick-up truck, headed south on I-95 with Josh Pons. We took the old tunnel, went to Laurel Park and the Bowie Library. We talked about racing, writing, horses, people. I’m embarrassed at what I told him I was reading – newspaper sports sections mainly, and some dumb books.

Derby upset might help craft new thinking

Rich Strike charged through the stretch, passing horses to his inside and outside, rallying as if steered by a gamer with the cheat codes, and upset the Kentucky Derby-G1 with one final surge past Epicenter. The winner was 81-1. The runner-up was favored at 4-1.

Stat search a frustrating endeavor for all

A few pages deeper in this magazine, ­I wrote a long feature about 1972 Preak­ness winner Bee Bee Bee, his trainer Del Carroll and the passage of time. Carroll died 10 years after that Preakness, stopping a career at 2,224 victories. While far behind Steve Asmussen, Dale Baird, King T. Leatherbury and others, the total still stands tall. Carroll ranks 83rd among trainers by career victories according to Equibase.

Thinking about special horses and all they do

For all the time and energy spent on the details of Thoroughbred racing – track surfaces, veterinary procedures, medication rules, horsemen’s contracts, stallion choices, licensing, purses, policy, partners, claims, conditions, racing dates, simulcast deals, breeding-fund incentives and about a thousand more – sometimes it’s nice to think about a horse.

Dreaming of a reset for racing

Back when I worked at the Cecil Whig, then perhaps the world’s smallest daily newspaper, the bosses would periodically bring in guest speakers to help us learn how to do our jobs better and/or more efficiently.

Maryland shines at Breeders’ Cup

Bill Reightler stood along the low wall behind the seats in the Timonium sales pavilion and bid $100,000 to buy a dark bay Not For Love filly with three lifetime wins, two in stakes, and some pedigree. Also the filly’s consignor, Reightler was a little sheepish when it came to a post-purchase interview.


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