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

Middle market’s strength helps fuel strong sale

“Tough going in the middle . . . it’s either chicken or feathers . . . all soup and no crackers . . . the horses at the top always sell, it’s the ones in the middle that are a struggle . . . the middle market is important to people . . . the middle needs to be better . . . I don’t know what we’re going to do about the middle . . .”

Horses weren’t the only runners over MD timber

No single horse ran in the My Lady’s Manor, the Grand National and the Maryland Hunt Cup timber stakes this spring. It used to be a thing. The old-timers say, “Back in the day, horses were tougher, men were stronger, fences were higher and everybody ran in the Manor, the Grand National and the Hunt Cup.”

Bits & Pieces

Weren’t we just here? The 146th Preakness Stakes, and all its connection to big-time racing, returns to the region, to Maryland, to historic Pimlico Race Course – seven months after the race’s 145th running. That’s right, Covid-19 sent the middle-of-May classic to the beginning of October in 2020.

Can racing answer the questions?

A photo of a leading Irish trainer sitting on a dead horse, while smiling and offering a peace sign, wound up on the internet. The country’s leading apprentice jockey of 2020 got suspended and fined for riding at a lower weight than published in the program. Racing’s Hall of Fame released a list of finalists that included a trainer with 45 violations on the website managed by The Jockey Club. A standout filly won a 2020 Eclipse Award after failing two drug tests.


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