Settling into Saratoga. Spent one hour, 11 minutes and 23 seconds with D. Wayne Lukas this morning. Just the Hall of Fame trainer and I outside his tack room deep in the corner of the Oklahoma backside. And a Preakness winner and a lead pony.

Lukas talked about everything from racing ponies at the Wisconsin state fairs to training this year’s Preakness winner to delivering a speech to the executives at Microsoft to coaching college basketball to borrowing money to start his business.

Off the charts.

The Belmont Special will include some of that and much, much more. Starting Thursday. See you then.