- Published: February 2023
- Written by Vinnie Perrone
Anthony Hamilton graduated from Maryland’s Dulaney High in Timonium, and went to West Virginia University to study – well, something – and lasted one semester before coming home. His friends worked in restaurants, delivered pizza, started construction jobs, whatever.
If the Justify colt Blackstone Farm sold for $1.1 million in August earns any Pennsylvania breeders’ bonuses, things didn’t go according to plan. But that’s OK.
Sam Robinson took a long, circuitous path to his life’s calling, a passion that was right there, all the time, waiting for him, virtually in his own backyard.
Chad Brown knew exactly what to do with Early Voting last fall, first at Saratoga Race Course with just about all the leaves on the ground and later at Belmont Park with long shadows and chilly afternoons.
When he set a course record while winning the 2021 Maryland Hunt Cup, Vintage Vinnie (Ire) rattled rails, trimmed grass blades, defied gravity, tested stopwatches and scared plenty of witnesses. The performance was akin to watching a Formula 1 car scream down a dirt road. Sure, he got there, and in record time. But it wasn’t necessarily pretty.