Sunday, August 18 2013

Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) Quotes

Barclay Tagg, winning trainer of Caroline Thomas (No. 7): "She ran a splendid race. Whether we got put up or not, she was only beaten a couple of inches. She ran the race we've been looking for. We had the Grade 1 Garden City [September 14, Belmont Park] and the Queen Elizabeth II [October 12] that her mother [Bit of Whimsy] won at Keeneland in mind all along, but our confidence was wavering a little bit with all the problems she had trying to get going in the races.

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Alabama (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Princess of Sylmar (No. 4): "There wasn't a whole lot of pace. She was doing it on her own; she was in a nice rhythm, so I thought she was in a perfect spot. I thought she won pretty convincingly. Anytime you run a mile and a quarter, it can be a taxing race, but I thought she did it well within herself."

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Thursday, August 15 2013

Saratoga Race Course Notes

• Golden Soul breezes for G1 Travers
• Declan's Warrior fires bullet for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop
• Fort Larned works for G1 Woodward
• Mentor Cane on course for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop
• Rocco enjoying success at Spa
• Pace picking up for Antonucci
• Plans for Java's War up in air
• Stroll victor Balance the Books could await G1 Jamaica

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Wednesday, August 14 2013

Saratoga Race Course Notes

• G1 Woodward contender Successful Dan returns to worktab
• Will Take Charge works toward G1 Travers
• Champion My Miss Aurelia arrives at Pletcher's barn from Ocala
• Naylor fields formidable entry for Michael Walsh Novice

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Monday, August 12 2013

Due Diligence Maiden Win Quotes

Chad Brown, trainer of Due Diligence (No. 8): "We expected him to run well; he had trained flawless all spring and summer, but with unraced 2-year-olds you never know until you actually run them. It's nice to see when they go ahead and run to their training, and this horse ran to his training today."

"We were thinking that if he ran well today I would think about running him in the Summer Stakes [Grade 2, September 14] up in Canada, a one-turn mile on the grass. Seems like it'd make sense to me, if he comes out of the race well."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes

• Pletcher's Corfu, Danza possible for G1 Hopeful; Sweet Whiskey joins Elena Strikes, Stopcharingmaria among G1 Spinaway contenders; Authenticity, Shanghai Bobby breeze
• Designer Legs exits Adirondack in good shape, G1 Spinaway possible; Golden Soul on target for G1 Travers, Irish Lute for G1 Test
• Dilger considering Saratoga Special rematch in Hopeful with Wired Bryan
• Mott comments on Royal Delta's and Flat Out's breezes
• Travers contender Moreno posts Sunday work
• McGaughey pleased with Orb following colt's Sunday arrival at Saratoga
• Pick 6 pays six figures to single ticket holder for three consecutive days
• Paul Roberts to discuss history and architecture of several race courses around the world at Hall of Fame on Wednesday

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Coronation Cup Quotes

Chris DeCarlo, winning jockey aboard Jewel of a Cat (No. 2): "She broke really sharp, and the two speed horses really ran away from me, so I knew we must've been flying. When we ran into the straight nobody really kicked on. I knew I had a shot because I still had a lot of horse underneath me."

Ben Perkins, Jr., winning trainer of Jewel of the Cat (No. 2): "When they went out there in 21 1/5 [seconds], Chris [DeCarlo] had her, then once he got her in gear, I thought she had a shot. She ran really well last year on the turf. When we ran her at Monmouth [in her last start], she dropped back and had a chance to get running. She wants to be clear, but she never got clear and just ran even. She came out of that race really well and she had two good breezes, so we decided to try this."

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Saratoga Special (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Corfu (No. 4): "I thought [Wired Bryan] certainly would have been one of the horses, if not the horse, to beat. [Wired Bryan] ran a courageous race; we were just on the fortunate side of the head bob."

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Adirondack (G2) Quotes

Dallas Stewart, winning trainer of winner Designer Legs (No. 5): "She ran a great race. Very nice filly. She's going to get better. I give a lot of credit to [owner] Murray [Valene]. I had her early and he sent her to Minnesota because his father is up there. She ran up there and of course she ran in a stake in Iowa. Murray called me and said, 'Hey, we're going to get that filly back. She's the real deal.' A lot of credit goes to Murray and [former trainer] Gary Scherer. She was ready to run; I try just not to mess her up.

"She fought back and forth with that horse [Who's in Town] and it came up the right way."

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Wolfson Entry, Capitalism At Risk in Paseana
Dennis Ward Wins Two, Gonzales Takes Four

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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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