Tuesday, May 28 2013
Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Sahara Sky (No. 7): “My partner [co-owner Kim Lloyd] and I talked it over, and one of our goals was to win the Metropolitan Mile. I’d never won it, and I wanted a chance to win it, and Kim did, also. We had a little added confidence because we thought our horse ran good in New York over at Aqueduct [when second in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap], and with a little bit better trip we might have even won that race.
Acorn (G1) Quotes
Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “I was expecting maybe the 1 [Kauai Katie] to be on the lead, not the 2 [Momentary Magic], but other than that it shaped up as I expected. I wanted to be sitting anywhere from 2 to 2 ½ lengths off the pace, which we were. They were moving right along, and at no point did it look like she was struggling with the racetrack. She’s just a really nice filly and we’re so happy to train her. The plan right now is day by day. We’ll go back to Churchill and go from there.”
Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Midnight Lucky (No. 5): “We had a great trip. I really liked the post position and we were able to sit off the speed. Kauai Katie actually kind of had to sit back, so it was good for us, too. This filly just did it very easily and she’s a very, very nice filly.”
LEATHERBURY TAKES EARLY DOUBLE WITH A PAIR OF PHOTO FINISHES
BALTIMORE, 05-27-13---Legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who ranks fifth on the all-time wins list, captured the first two races on Monday’s 10-race program at Pimlico Race Course, both in photo finishes.
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The Gamely Stakes
The Gamely Stakes
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, Winner: "I was fortunate to work her three-quarters of a mile at Keeneland (April 18) and she was super strong. Both (Julien Leparoux) and I were both trying to make the winning move coming into the stretch. About the sixteenth pole we were getting them cranked up and his mare actually had a little better turn of foot than mine did, but we managed to get up in time. I thought I beat him, but he was so far out - when I stood up it looked like he might have been in front - Julien asked me, ‘What do you think’ and I said, ‘I have no idea.’ Two good performances by two very good mares.’’
Monday, May 27 2013
SIMMS SEEKS WINNING COLORS VICTORY WITH BLUEEYESINTHEREIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2013) – Blueeyesintherein visited the winner’s circle following her run in last year’s Debutante (Grade III) and trainer Garry Simms is hoping for a similar result Monday in the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Calder Stakes Recap
CSABA WINS MEMORIAL HANDICAP BY TWO LENGTHS
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 26, 2013) – Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s Csaba returned to his winning ways Saturday, taking the $75,000 Memorial Handicap at Calder Casino and Race Course by two lengths and earning his sixth career stakes victory.
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Great Lady M. Stakes Quotes
JOE TALAMO, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: "I saw that other filly (Purim's Dancer) break in front but we really weren't going all that fast. I just let mine run her race. We were real fortunate to draw outside. We could just have easily laid second. I really think adding the (ear muffs) on her with the blinkers made a big difference. She's a different animal right now. She was just cruising with a real good rhythm. Down the lane I kind of stayed after her because I didn't want her to see anything like she did last time. She's definitely getting better with age and with every race she runs. The thing is to get her to relax because in the post parade she's pretty high strung. In the race she's totally different and very professional."
Sunday, May 26 2013
Discreet Marq Slight Favorite in G2 Sands Point
ELMONT, N.Y. – A closely matched field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point launches the Memorial Day stakes action at Belmont Park, with Discreet Marq narrowly favored in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.
Sheepshead Bay (G2) Quotes
Alan Goldberg, winning trainer of Tannery (No. 3), by telephone: “We have a turf course at [Colts Neck Farm], but we’ve had such a wet spring and we weren’t able to train her over it and had to work her on the dirt. We try to have our horses fit, but with her first start of the year being a mile and a quarter, I didn’t expect her to be completely ready. She came out of the race great, and I thought she’d handle the conditions today.”
American Handicap Quotes
1 Mile (Turf)
JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, Winner: "He just did it so easy. Besides California Flag sprinting, I've never ridden a horse like this going long. He just lopes along like that. With him going (46.09 seconds for the first half mile) today, I almost made the sign of the cross. That's like 47 4/5 for any other horse. The main hope is to try to get him back to the Breeders' Cup. At the three-eighths pole I just kind of gave him his head and hopefully tried to steal the race from there. He's a jockey's dream. You just sit on him and he does the rest. He's just a tremendous horse."
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Saturday, May 25, 2013
GOLDEN SOUL WORK POSTPONED, LIKELY TO WORK MIDWEEK
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 25, 2013) – Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning, but trainer Dallas Stewart called an audible and delayed serious training for another few days.
GENERAL ELECTION GETS THE VOTE IN THE ARLINGTON CLASSIC
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 25, 2013) – WinStar Farm’s General Election survived an eventful stretch drive and a claim of foul to prevail by a length in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Classic for trainer Kellyn Gorder and jockey Joe Rocco, Jr. in 1:45.48 for the mile and a sixteenth on turf.