| May 17, 2012
| 6:40 PM
They wake up, and then they sing.
Team O'Neill — as Kentucky Derby winner Doug O'Neill and his group of assistants and grooms are called — rises early, like all horsemen. In Baltimore, where the crew is preparing I'll Have Another to run in...
| May 18, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Maryland trainer Chris Grove knows all too well that racehorses sometimes take fatal missteps. It happened to one of his best horses last summer during a morning workout, and Grove likens the experience to losing a child.
To Grove, the animals' broken...
| May 19, 2012
| 8:30 AM
At the desk where he works through entries after all of his morning training sessions are through, Michael Matz keeps a photo leaning against the wall.
In a walnut frame, it is slightly – and surprisingly – faded. The text below a horse in...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 11:37 AM
Belmont Park interrupts a string of seemingly endless stores, most of them tiny and old, a lot of them vacant. There are Taco Bells and Wendy’s, of course, but little sub shops and ethnic joints, too, run by people who care about the quality of...