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Monday, August 05 2013


Shine Again Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Holiday Soiree (No. 5): "We got the pace setup that we figured. We sat a good trip and she really ran super. It's the first time we've run her; we've only had her a short period of time. She's trained really well since we had her; I'm very pleased with the way she did it. She's a straightforward, professional filly, a little aggressive to gallop. We worked her one time and she worked lights out, so we were just happy to find a nice spot for her."

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Holiday Soiree (No. 5): "We ended up having a perfect trip. I stalked those two horses on the lead. It was kind of easy, and then by the quarter pole I asked my horse to start running and she responded right away."



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King Cyrus Maiden Win Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of King Cyrus (No. 6): "We felt like he had been training well. We originally put him in a six-furlong race on Saturday; we thought seven furlongs might be better for him. He's an obvious two-turn kind of horse - bred that way, looks that way, trains that way. We were happy with the way he came into the race but didn't really expect him to blow them away like that."



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Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) Quotes


Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Justin Phillip (No. 4): "Last year's Vanderbilt was a good opportunity for him, and I thought he was unfortunate not to win that day. For everything to work out, to have him in this position today - a good draw, a good set up - was very rewarding. I can't say enough about how much respect I have for Justin Phillip as a racehorse. He hasn't held any of the mistakes we made with him against us. We were trying to win the Derby with him when he was 3! He has a lot of talent, and you want to get that done. For him to travel as much as he has, run as fast as he has, and probably put up his best race today - 1:08 2/5 in a Grade 1, put him over a million dollars - it's very rewarding."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Cross Traffic doing "very well" after G1 Whitney win, Woodward could be next; Princess of Sylmar breezes
• Wilkes: slow start in Whitney compromised Fort Larned, who could return in Woodward
• McGaughey comments on Orb's Saturday breeze at Fair Hill, experience attending Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Bill Parcells
• G2 Adirondack contender Fiftyshadesofgold sparkles in four-furlong bullet breeze
• Stall looking to upset Wise Dan with Lea; West Virginia Derby winner Departing to return to Saratoga this afternoon; Foxwoods King's Bishop possible next start for Central Banker
• McLaughlin regrouping with Whitney sixth-place finisher Alpha
• Qushchi, Kissable top field for Monday's Waya
• West Hills Giant returns in Wednesday's NYSS Cab Calloway





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Saturday, August 03 2013


Cross Traffic Holds On for G1 Whitney Invitational Win


By Jenny Kellner

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After two heartbreaking losses, Cross Traffic finally earned his first stakes victory with a front-running triumph over some of the country's top older horses in the 86th edition of the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.





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Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Cross Traffic (No. 4): "The plan was to let him run to the first turn. Being outside of Mucho Macho Man and Fort Larned - the other two speeds - we felt like we were in a good position. It worked out really well. We got a great run into the first turn. The first quarter was key - Johnny was able to get to the position he wanted without overdoing it, and kind of picked it up from there. It was a strongly run race throughout, and we were just hoping he could hold on the last part after the two losses we had at Belmont. Those were heart-breaking losses, to run as well as he did in those two races and miss by a whisker. Turning for home, I thought we had a big shot, but I was still wanting to get there."





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De La Rose Quotes


Michael Matz, winning trainer of Assateague (No. 4): "She ran great. We are so pleased with her. We knew she would be close to the pace. We were hoping she wouldn't get into a speed duel. She stumbled a little bit at the beginning, so, that may have helped her a little bit. [Luis Saez] did a terrific job in settling her. He got her to relax in a perfect spot. I couldn't ask for anything better than that. The last time he rode her in New York, she broke on the lead, but he got her to relax so much."

Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Assateague (No. 4): "I was third and I had time. When they came in for the turn, I thought she was beaten, but she won the race from there. It feels so good, it is unbelievable. You know she gave me everything, hands down. She ran big."




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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Horse of the Year Wise Dan turns in dirt breeze for G2 Fourstardave
• King Kreesa breezes on turf for Fourstardave
• Shirreffs says Mr. Commons, scheduled to breeze on Sunday, benefited from Fourstardave prep race
• Pletcher could double down in G2 Adirondack, Saratoga Special; "Kitten," "Llama" work for G2 Hall of Fame
• Wise Dan heads probables for G2 Fourstardave; fields taking shape for G2 Adirondack, G2 Saratoga Special
• McPeek 'War Horses' breeze in company
• Romans wants to keep Silverette on grass following Sportech Caress victory
• Van Berg book signing next Saturday





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Friday, August 02 2013


Sportech Caress Quotes


Dale Romans, winning trainer of Silverette (No. 8): "Her two breezes on the turf were phenomenal. The early fractions were fast but she was doing it really relaxed. That's phenomenally fast. We have three horses for [owner] Paul Pompa, but this is the star of the barn. [Jockey Robby Albarado] has worked her the last two times and it worked out. It was nice to see her have that target in front of her. We'll see if she keeps moving forward."

Robby Albarado, winning jockey aboard Silverette (No. 8): "If you've watched me ride long enough you know my body movement, I was still as I could be. She was doing it very within herself. She's very deceptive; it doesn't look like she's doing it that fast, but she's moving. I worked her on the Oklahoma grass course, and she went really fast. I thought I went 49 or 50 [seconds] and she went 47. She does it real easy. She had a nice future on the dirt, but hopefully she continues to excel on the grass."




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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• McPeek may have double defense for G1 Travers
• Repeat John Morrissey winner Saginaw may race at Saratoga again in 2013; Hudson long-term objective
• Maiden winner Dancing House headed to G1 Spinaway
• Mylute's status uncertain; So Many Ways possible for G1 Test
• Weaver, G1 winner, enjoying strong start to meet
• Tagg returns to the Saratoga winner's circle with Confrontation
• NYRA.com to host exclusive bonus coverage following Saturday's G1 Whitney





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Thursday, August 01 2013


John’s Call Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Hyper (No. 2): "We took a shot. It's a very odd race; a mile and five-eighths. There aren't many of them over here. This was uncharted territory for him. It seems he was finishing his races well. He trains like a horse who has some stamina. More importantly, he likes firm ground. When we had an opportunity to run on a firm turf course today, you take what you can get. In a race this far, for him to come home that well, that's pretty good. I'm sure there is a graded stakes race with his name on it. It seems he's gotten better as he's gotten older."

Javier Castellano, winning rider aboard Hyper (No. 2): "It was a great trip that I had. Perfect trip, dream trip. I stalked on the inside. We had three turns. The first two turns I saved a lot of ground, and that's exactly what Chad Brown told me to do. He said, 'The first two turns stay on the rail and the last turn you decide, use your own judgment.' That's exactly what I did. It worked out perfect; beautiful trip."




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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Mr. Hot Stuff takes G1 A. P. Smithwick Memorial over fences
• Graded stakes possible for John's Call winner Hyper; Normandy Invasion back in training
• Laugh Out Loud favored over seven in De La Rose
• Hot Stones busting out for Levine, Valente
• Za Approval under consideration for G2 Fourstardave
• Tiger Bourbon to go next in turf sprint





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