Claiborne Farms, 5:17 a.m.
He’s leaning against the rail, tense, watching his mare get in extra work before her maiden race today. He’s wearing these.
He greets me with a nod (we’re too good of friends to mark this moment with spoken words).
Leather Galluses (No. 5743). Handmade in Kentucky by master saddler Claire Painter. Soft, full-grain leather. Solid brass buckles.