Wednesday, October 08 2014
Clement pair look strong in Knickerbocker
ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement will send out a pair of classy turf runners, the resurgent Za Approval and multiple graded stakes winner Speaking of Which, in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker at Belmont Park.
Sunday, October 05 2014
Matron (G2) Quotes
Michelle Nevin, winning trainer of Paulassilverlining (No. 2): "I couldn't have been happier. Jose [Ortiz] gave her a perfect ride and everything worked out for us. She's very smart and responds well to your hands. She'll go easy, and she's got some speed too. We'll see how she comes out of this and go on from there. Right now she's so sharp, we're willing to keep her sprinting."
Futurity (G2) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Blofeld (No. 2): "I thought he lost his momentum when he got squeezed out on the turn. It took him a while to regain it and I thought it might have left him with too much to do, but he put in an explosive last sixteenth of a mile. The plan going into this race was to go next to the Nashua [Grade 2, $200,000, Aqueduct Racetrack, November 2], but I will talk to the connections and see if that's still the plan."
Saturday, October 04 2014
Hill Prince (G3) Quotes
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, co-owner of winner Ring Weekend (No. 1): "[Trainer] Graham Motion had called me [to discuss about running Ring Weekend over soft turf]. He's over at the Arc. He kind of threw it on me. I've been around the business. I threw it right back on him. We felt pretty comfortable."
Champagne (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Daredevil (No. 6): "I thought it was very impressive. He rated kindly and did everything you would hope one would do. He finished really well and I couldn't be more pleased. His training for us has been really impressive in the mornings. We'd never breezed him on an off track, so I was a little concerned running him the first time [on a muddy track September 13], but we felt pedigree-wise he would handle it, and he obviously does. He trains like a good horse on fast dirt, too."
Frizette (G1) Quotes
Michelle Nevin, winning trainer of By the Moon (No. 7): "She's always been extremely smart and very professional. In her first race she did everything she was expected to do as a racehorse. Even in her second race it wasn't the greatest trip; she had to go a little wide and maybe it was speed biased that day. She still tried to make her run. Today, she just took control."
Wednesday, October 01 2014
Cavorting and Condo Commando to meet in G1 Frizette
ELMONT, N.Y. - Cavorting and Condo Commando, winners of the Grade 2 Adirondack and Grade 1 Spinaway, respectively, are set to square off on Saturday at Belmont Park in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies.
Saturday, September 27 2014
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) Quotes
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 8): "I probably should have removed the blinkers before the Travers. He, obviously, was a bit too aggressive in the Travers. Even so, he didn't quit. I love the way that, even when he got beat in the Travers he went on to the wire."
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) Quotes
H. Graham Motion, winning trainer of Main Sequence (No. 5): "What a cool horse. Ironically, I thought he ran his most professional race today and then you had the bump right before the wire."
Flower Bowl (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Stephanie's Kitten (No. 9): "She got a beautiful trip, and I'm really proud of this filly; she deserved to get a good, clean trip. That's the third race in a row for us that I felt she ran terrific. She was a little unlucky in the Beverly D. and Diana, and this time [jockey] Johnny [Velazquez] got away from the gate really well and gave her a beautiful trip. The filly did the rest."
Beldame (G1) Quotes
Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Belle Gallantey (No. 7): "It's very, very special. We're working very hard with these kinds of horses and thank God they did it. I don't know what to tell you. I'm speechless."
Kelso Handicap (G2) Quotes
Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Vyjack (No. 3): "Today, the key was coming out of the gate. Today, he broke good. I was very pleased with the way he was working in the morning, and I was happy to see him win because he'd been training very, very well in the mornings. Going a mile, he doesn't have to break as sharp [as he needs to] going shorter. Today, he broke well, put himself in a very good position and the pace was good for us. He did what we wanted him to do all along; he's a nice horse. To see him get beat was kind of hard, but he was running against some nice horses. To see him show up today was very, very special. Our main goal had been the Cigar Mile [Grade 1, Aqueduct Racetrack, November 29], but now I have to talk to the owner and see what his plans are now."