The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)
(Over the next four days, Tere Albanese goes inside the stable of Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella to learn more about his background, training methods and philosophy. In part one, Albanese looks at the overall career of Mandella, 66, and some of the champions and other memorable horses he's trained.)
In 1993 I wrote a Q&A on Bobby Frankel for the Thoroughbred Times, which was the highlight of my journalistic career. After Bobby died in 2009, I lost interest in racing. The sport had lost something that could never be replaced. But like so many other fair-weather racing fans, that dwindling fire was reignited when the flawless and one of the sweetest champions, American Pharoah, crossed the wire in front in the Belmont Stakes and completed the first Triple Crown sweep since Affirmed in 1978. I wanted to write again and thought it might be a way to honor Bobby Frankel by asking the same basic questions of another racing great who also viscerally felt the loss of Bobby Frankel, that being Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.