11/16/2016 1:40PM

Even String King won't go on forever


This is the sixth autumn that Charlie Smith has sent String King on a five-hour van ride from the training center at which he’s based during the summer, in Haughton, La., down to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. A gelding Smith bred, owns, and trains, String King turns 9 in a little more than a month. He’s had a wonderful career, with 19 wins – 14 in stakes – from 45 starts. But it’s fair to wonder if String King will be making his annual journey a year from now.