Saturday, August 02 2014

Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Filimbi (No. 9): "He let her run out of there; she had a clean break and she broke well enough. She was a little wide around the first turn but after that, midway around the turn, he was able to tuck in, so it wasn't a terribly wide trip. When he wanted to, he had a clear run. He was able to move her up a little bit leaving the half-mile pole. What I was impressed with was, from the eighth pole home, she ran heads up with the good horse at the eighth pole, and now you have to see, did we miss a little training? Did she get a little tired? She just accelerated and seemed to put in a real nice run. You always hope they keep improving a little bit at a time. I think this was a very solid field. No one could deny there were some very nice fillies in here."

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Lure Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Big Blue Kitten (No. 4): "What a great horse. I wasn't quite sure if I had him fit enough off the layoff, but it seemed like a good spot to get him started. I told Joe if he won, it'd be terrific, but as long as he finished well we had some big plans for this horse later in the year. Lo and behold, he got through anyway on heart."

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Friday, August 01 2014

Smirnoff Sorbet Caress Quotes

Ian Wilkes, winning trainer of Free as a Bird (No. 3): "She broke a little further back than I thought. She was always traveling; I thought it would be a good test for her. I think she's very comfortable with horses in front of her. She finished strong. The filly's been doing extremely well. This year, she's stepped her game up. She's matured, she's a 5-year-old, and just getting a little better. You learn something every time you run. At least she's not one-dimensional and has to be close. She can close from out of it. It just depends on the pace. We'll probably look next to the 5 ½-furlong [Smart n' Fancy, August 25]."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Free as a Bird (No. 3): "When I was coming for home I thought it was a little bit wide on the outside. [But] I have a lot of confidence in her."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday, August 1

• Wise Dan to skip G2 Fourstardave; G2 Bernard Baruch, G1 Woodward, G1 Woodbine Mile all possible for champion's next start
• Falling Sky confirmed for G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt
• Bahamian Squall, second in 2013 Vanderbilt, makes second start off the bench in 2014 edition
• Fiftyshadesofgold to try Sweet Reason again in G1 Longines Test
• Motion has Joy for De La Rose, Edge of Reality for Lure
• Inimitable Romanee, Concise top field for Sunday's Fasig-Tipon Waya
• Fields beginning to take shape for Week Four stakes at Saratoga

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Tuesday, July 29 2014

Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) Quotes

Danny Gargan, winning trainer of R Free Roll (No. 3): "We knew [going to the lead] was the only way we were going to beat [La Verdad]. We took control of the race and made her have to chase. That was the game plan, and [R Free Roll's owner Rich Averill] is a pretty smart handicapper, and he's a pretty sharp guy to pick those things out."

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Sunday, July 27 2014

Shuvee Handicap (G3) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Antipathy (No. 3): "It was a great performance. Team McLaughlin needed a win; we haven't run that many live ones. We were real happy to get a win. She's a well-bred filly for Godolphin, and now she has a Grade 3 win to go along with a Grade 1 placing. I thought she ran very well."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/27

• Tonalist "comes back in good order" following runner-up finish in G2 Jim Dandy
• Kid Cruz emerges from Jim Dandy in good shape
• Vyjack likely to return to sprinting in the G1 Vanderbilt
• Merry Meadow set to contest G2 Honorable Miss on Monday
• Dutrow marks G1 Ketel One King's Bishop on calendar for The Big Beast following standout allowance victory on Saturday
• Palace Dreams regains winning form for Duggan at Spa

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Amsterdam (G2) Quotes

Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Coup de Grace (No. 4): "He's a very nice horse. I spoke to Larry [Jones] this morning and rode him with a lot of confidence. He did it easily today."

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Quotes from Competitive Edge’s 10 ¼-length debut win

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Competitive Edge (No. 9): "He has never disappointed us in anything that he has done, literally, from the first time we breezed him. He continually showed us he's a very talented colt, and every time we did something with him it was impressive. So we had high hopes coming into today. You never know when you run one for the first time. We were impressed, but not surprised."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/26

• Palace Malice leads group of horses working for the G1, $1.5 million Whitney
• Departing works half-mile in 48.79 seconds for Whitney
• Moreno pleases Guillot with Whitney work
• 2012 Travers winner Golden Ticket breezes over Oklahoma for Whitney
• Itsmyluckyday turns in move at Monmouth for Whitney
• Mr Speaker works on main track; G1 Travers possible
• Surface switch pays off for V.E. Day, Jerkens
• Samraat on the way back to Saratoga after having surgery for stress fracture

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Friday, July 25 2014

Saratoga Race Course Notes: July 25

• Wise Dan logs effortless five-furlong work; possible for G2 Fourstardave or G2 Bernard Baruch
• 2012 Travers co-winner Golden Ticket pointed toward G1 Whitney
• Velazquez, second in 1995 jockey foot race, tries again in 2014 edition
• Quick Call winner Pure Sensation a result of three generations of breeding by Generazio family
• Be Bullish, one of Jacobson's old timers, nearing $1 million mark in earnings
• Confrontation works toward August 8 allowance; G1 Forego possible later in meet
• Fields coming together for next Saturday's Grade 1 events

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Antipathy finds softer spot in G3 Shuvee

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After holding her own at 30-1 in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on June 7 at Belmont Park, Antipathy will take a significant drop in class for the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Fortunately for Antipathy, she will not have to face the likes of Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar, and Beholder in the Shuvee, all of whom lined up for the Ogden Phipps, one of the premier races on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

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