Sunday, August 11 2013

Fourstardave Handicap (G2) Quotes

Charles LoPresti, winning trainer of Wise Dan (No. 1): "As I told some of you today, to prove that he's a great horse like everybody's talking about, he had to carry that weight. I think he proved that he's a very good horse. He was cruising up the rail. I was worried about that front-runner. When he cruised up to him on equal terms, he had so much horse he just went right on by him. Johnny [Velazquez] just kind of rode him out. The :24 and change worried me; you don't let a speed horse get out there like that. Johnny had so much confidence in him. They started to pick it up and ran fast the last part of it. I know that horse of ours has a great kick. And he proved he's a great horse today."

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Friday, August 09 2013

NYSS Statue of Liberty Quotes

Dominick Schettino, winning trainer of Frosty Bay (No. 7): "I'm very proud. She's a very versatile filly. She gives you everything every time she runs. I left it up to Javier [Castellano]. She can be near the lead or close from off the pace."

Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard Frosty Bay (No. 7): "I had a great trip. The pace was great. It was slow, but I knew my horse was comfortable in behind horses. I didn't have a good break, but that didn't affect the result today. It was a good performance. I saw a couple horses near the lead struggling. Sooner or later I knew it would back up really quick. I just wanted to avoid any traffic, and that's the reason I kept her outside horses and let her finish quick."

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Pletcher Has Pair for Saratoga Special; ‘Fiftyshades’ Seeks Adirondack Gold

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Juveniles will be showcased on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, which will host the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, open to all 2-year-olds, and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for fillies.


NYRA to Host Public Forum at Museum of Racing on August 26

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - On Monday, August 26, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), will host a Public Forum from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on 191 Union Avenue, across the street from Saratoga Race Course.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes

• Golden Soul breezes for G1 Travers
• Centre Court returns to work tab
• Discreet Marq under consideration for G2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid
• Turallure working toward G2 Bernard Baruch

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Gulfstream Park News and Notes

‘Little Dreams’ Can Come True at Gulfstream Park
Dreamlicious Stepping It Up for $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes
Gonzales Benefits from Experience While Winning Races

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Thursday, August 08 2013

Jockey Club and Race Track Chaplaincy Honor Jockey Edgar Prado

August 6, 2013, Saratoga Springs, New York—On Monday, August 12, The Jockey Club and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, New York Division, will celebrate the life and good works of Hall of Fame Jockey, Edgar Prado at the Eighth Annual Chaplaincy Breakfast at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York

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Monday, August 05 2013

Saratoga Race Course Notes

• Asmussen targeting Breeders' Cup Sprint with Justin Phillip, short-range plans uncertain
• Authenticity, Shanghai Bobby, juveniles breeze for Pletcher; Caixa 'fine' after Vanderbilt
• G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop the target for sharp optional claimer winner Majestic Hussar
• Brown looks ahead with debut winners Calm Pacific, La Reine Bourbon; Big Blue Kitten under consideration for G1 Sword Dancer
• Jacobson wins 17-way shake to reclaim Road Agent
• Palace Dreams heads NYSS Statue of Liberty

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Waya Quotes

H. Graham Motion, winning trainer of Qushchi (No. 1): "I think she had been a little unlucky. She was just nailed right on the wire at Churchill last time. She actually was interfered with by my other filly, Strathnaver, at Keeneland."

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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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