Thursday, August 07 2014

Birdstone Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Micromanage (No. 5): "We always felt like he was a horse that would handle the longer distance.

"It kind of unfolded a little bit like we thought. We actually thought we might be laying third, stalking two horses instead of one. The main thing Javier [Castellano] and I talked about was getting him into a nice, comfortable gallop, in a nice rhythm.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Thursday, August 7

• Champion Will Take Charge pointed toward G1 Woodward
• Bobby's Kitten tries to bounce back in G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
• Pletcher, Asmussen reflect upon careers of Ashado & Curlin, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday
• Unbridled Forever, Commanding Curve training toward starts in G1 Alabama, G1 Travers, respectively
• Silver Freak turns in devastating performance Wednesday in optional claimer, possible for G2 Bernard Baruch
• Chilean import Tricky Hat, winner of the John's Call, coming around for McGaughey
• Ribaudo looking at stakes for Quay following Wednesday optional claiming win

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Mrs. Ogden Phipps Hurdle Stakes Quotes

Kate Dalton, winning trainer of Cat Feathers (No. 1): "Any win in Saratoga is what you strive for, but to win something several times is just wonderful. It just sets a horse up to have a little more of a following. Any following we can get for steeplechasing is just great. She's a really, really neat mare. I'm delighted she has some fans."

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John’s Call Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Tricky Hat (No. 1): "I thought he won initially, but I didn't know watching the replay. I thought Rosie [Napravnik] gave him a great ride. When he came around the turn she just said, 'The heck with it, we gotta go.' I'm pleased. He had two good races at Keeneland earlier in the spring, then he had a clunker at Monmouth. He trained great and ran great today, so we're happy."

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Wednesday, August 06 2014

Saratoga Race Course Notes: Wednesday, August 6

• Wonder Gal looks to expand on sensational debut in G2 Adirondack for Gyarmati, Treadway
• Phoenix Park, a recent purchase for Toner and Ninety North, using Adirondack as steppingstone to later goals
• Unbeaten and untested Fast Anna targeting G1 Ketel One King's Bishop
• Antonucci taking a shot with More Hundred Acre in Birdstone Stakes
• Action picking up in McLaughlin barn
• NY jockeys to perform karaoke on Monday to benefit PDJF

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Tuesday, August 05 2014

NYSS Statue of Liberty Division Quotes

David Donk, winning trainer of Selenite (No. 9), fourth-place finisher Lady Kreesa (No. 5), and sixth-place finisher Funky Munky Fever (No. 3):"I really think they're three decent fillies; they all have a future as they get older. [Lady Kreesa] slipped really bad coming out of the gate, I thought she would be up on the pace. [Jockey] Junior [Alvarado] wasn't happy with the turf with [Funky Munky Fever]. They're three decent fillies; I think they all appreciate two turns."

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Monday, August 04 2014

NYSS Cab Calloway Division Quotes

Linda Rice, winning trainer of Mark My Way (No. 7): "You know, I thought when he was laying third that there were slow fractions. I thought that the stronger horses were behind him, and I felt that there was a good chance we'd get home.

"I think he's better at the mile than the seven-eighths. I think he'd run a mile and an eighth very well. So I'm probably going to have to stretch him out to open company. I think he would improve with added distance."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Monday, August 4

• Jess's Dream, by Curlin out of Rachel Alexandra, takes to the track at Saratoga for the first time
• Shirreffs biding his time with Cozmic One, a son of Zenyatta and Bernardini
• Sunday allowance winner Notacatbutallama likely to compete in West Point
• Brown plotting next move for graded stakes winners Dayatthespa, Pianist, and Big Blue Kitten
• Condo Commander surprises Rodriguez with impressive debut win
• Winning Cause tabbed as favorite for John's Call on Wednesday

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Sunday, August 03 2014

Elisabeth Jerkens, wife of Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens, dies at 86

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Elisabeth Jerkens, a longtime thoroughbred owner and breeder who was married to Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens since 1987, died this morning in South Florida at the age of 86.

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Fasig-Tipton Waya Quotes

Jonathan Sheppard, winning trainer of Cat's Claw (No. 13): "I think she is definitely a superior distance horse. She's acted that way. Since we've gotten to know her and learn a little bit about her, it just seems like she'll gallop all day."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Sunday, August 3

• Guillot considering G1 Woodward, G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for Whitney winner Moreno
• Palace Malice, sixth in the Whitney as the favorite, remains on course for G1 Woodward; Princess of Sylmar turns in Saturday breeze wearing blinkers
• Patience pays off for Gyarmati with G1 Longines Test winner Sweet Reason
• Palace, victorious in Vanderbilt, possible for G1 Forego or G1 Vosburgh; La Verdad targeting G1 Ballerina
• Mr Speaker, a G1 winner on turf, remains possible for G1 Travers after breezing on dirt Saturday
• Jess's Dream, a 2-year-old son of Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, arrives at McLaughlin barn
• Motion continues strong meet by sweeping Saturday juvenile maiden races with Strong Coffee, Pride of Stride
• Familiar foes to square off Monday for NYSS Cab Calloway, NYSS Statue of Liberty

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Saturday, August 02 2014

Longines Test (G1) Quotes

Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Sweet Reason (No. 7): "This seemed like the perfect spot for her - she loves Saratoga, she's shown she likes seven-eighths, her one-turn mile [in the Grade 1 Acorn] at Belmont was great, she came out of that race great - so this was the logical spot. I was very excited about running her here. It came up a very salty field with some really nice fillies in the race, so this was probably her biggest test yet, in my opinion. She was doing really well, though, so win, lose, or draw, I felt I'd done everything I could and she was as good as I could get her. I went in feeling good about the race."

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