Because of my long-standing preoccupation with the racehorse Exerminator, I read a lot of historic turf writing, often from the 1910s and 1920s. I love it; writer were unafraid to gush, to write passionately. It was like watching racing movies all the time. I thought of those older pieces when I was reading Joe Drape's article about the Preakness. This is an exciting year; in I'll Have Another we've got a horse that could go all the way and be a Triple Crown winner. His article reflects that.
A sample: "The no-name jockey asked. The great horse answered."
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