FINAL STRETCH: the last straight portion of the racetrack from the last curve to the finish line

As an old racetrack junkie, having grown up just a stone’s throw from Saratoga Springs, the strategies of the race have always intrigued me.   Some people may have the idea that a horse race is just a bunch of thoroughbreds who bolt from the gate and run as fast as they can around the track […]

STRATAGEM [STRAT-uh-juhm]: a plan to overcome an adversary

There really isn’t a great difference between the words stratagem and strategy. According to the sources I researched, it is a matter of age.  Stratagem is the more ancient term, having come into use in English in the 15th century, and the more common strategy having emerged in the early 19th century.*  In contemporary American […]