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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.

Must be garage sale season

Sunday, June 29, 2014
It’s time for garage sales, also vacation season (for many of us), so I rummaged around my head to see what was eligible to be jettisoned before perambulating to points westward.

Panza right man for the job

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Martin Panza cracked up when it was suggested that perhaps a small part of him was curious to see how Belmont Stakes Day would’ve performed without a Triple Crown on the line.
“No,” he said emphatically, with a laugh.
Gift horse, mouth, etc.

Fagan's book illustrates challenges faced by gay athletes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
She just wanted to play ball.
Toward that end, she convinced her mom to take her to Hot Cuts at Mohawk Mall in Niskayuna, a soon-to-be extinct clump of stores that would reappear years later as the big-box Mohawk Commons.
Then 8, and the only girl on her Little League baseball team, she asked for a short haircut, the better to accommodate a cap and batting helmet. And she got one. Like, short short.

Inmates, horses getting second chances

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Dax Rodriguez is 43 and has spent almost half his life in prison for attempted murder. “Cold-hearted … callous … calculated. I didn’t care about nobody or nothing,” is how the Bronx native described himself on Thursday.

Podlaski's mantra: Walk, don't run

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Walking is so simple.
One foot in front of the other. Easy game.
Walking just got much more complicated for Meaghan Podlaski.

Even in the U.S., soccer is unifying

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I started my day on Monday by listening to some genius call Martin Kaymer a Nazi. It’s the kind of moment that gets me humming “I’m-proud to-be an-American.” Like, really sarcastically.

Nothing like OT with Cup on line

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Oh, man, I love this. It’s so hockey, the way these names skitter across your eyes and carom to weird, dangerous places, only to stop on the doorstep of a little miniature snow fort.

NCAA playing defense

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Do you know what NIL is?
If your answer is “what Cameroon scored against Mexico on Friday,” nice try, but that’s not what I was looking for.
While everyone has been immersed in the attention-grabbing swarm of World Cup, Stanley Cup, NBA championship, U.S. Open or some combination thereof, the Trial of the Century began on Monday. No, really.
On the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson Trial of the Century, we only had to wait 14 years for the 21st century’s version.
What, you hadn’t heard?

Humble pie is on the menu

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It’s Mea Culpa Wednesday.
In the spirit of apology, I’ll start with myself for the careless use of a word in a column that appeared on May 30.

A lot to get excited about

Monday, June 9, 2014
I assure you that racing showed its good side in a variety of ways at the Belmont, not the least of which was the emergence of Tonalist as a player in the 3-year-old colt division.

Crybaby Coburn should have shut his mouth

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Whines after loss.

Either 0-for-3, or feelin' good

Saturday, June 7, 2014
I am often wrong.
Give ya a fer-instance:

Just two local guys havin' some fun

Friday, June 6, 2014
Don Lucarelli promised to find his new buddy Ed Stanco at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The winner’s circle, perhaps?

Quest has brought brothers together

Thursday, June 5, 2014
From 50 feet away, you can’t tell the brothers apart.
Purple ballcap on each, dark jeans, the same shoes. Same jockey height.
They’re being interviewed together by a TV crew on the Belmont Park apron Wednesday morning because Victor Espinoza will be shooting for a Triple Crown on Saturday and Jose lives a few miles away. Jose was by his brother’s side at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
They almost look like twins up close, too, except that Jose has a purplish-red bruise under his left eye and stitches on his eyebrow, and my ridiculous knee-jerk thought is, “Wait . . . that was last summer.”

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