Sunday, November 04 2012

Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Rajiv Maragh (jockey, Groupie Doll, 1st) – “You’re the big favorite and expected to win, but you still have to get there. It’s never easy until you pass the wire. There were several scenarios that could have unfolded. One that I didn’t want to see was Dust and Diamonds on an easy lead. When I saw that she wasn’t, it let us sit back and be more patient. She’s done that all year and now done that on the biggest stage. She is so consistent. She’s obviously going to be champion.”

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Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, George Vancouver, 1st) – “This is great. (Jockey) Ryan (Moore) gave him an absolutely brilliant ride.”

Ryan Moore (jockey, George Vancouver, 1st) – “We were in a nice position the entire way. He traveled very well and quickened when he needed to. Everything worked out.”

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Saturday, November 03 2012

An interview with DR. C. WAYNE McILWRAITH

THE MODERATOR: We have with us Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith who is here to give us an update on Questing who was eased in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.
DR. C. WAYNE MCILWRAITH: Yes, Questing, the No. 4 horse was eased in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, the ambulance was taken out and she was taken off in the ambulance. But there were no obvious abnormalities. In other words she had no injury to her limbs on veterinarian inspection.

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Quotes for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon

Guillermo Frankel (trainer, Calidoscopio, 1st) – “So, so exciting. I had a lot of confidence in my horse.”

Aaron Gryder (jockey, Calidoscopio, 1st) – “I had a wonderful trip. They told me to detach myself from the field at the beginning; that he wouldn’t be in it at all. They said you can close your eyes for the first mile then pick them up. At about the three-quarters pole he began to pick them up and I started feeling good. He was rolling. By the time we reached the half-mile pole, I started to be very confident. I’d seen this horse’s races and I knew he could make up seven or eight lengths easy. I thought that if he could duplicate what he’d done in the past, I’d be sitting good. He just got to going and it was all over from there. It was some ride.”

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Quotes for the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint

Rajiv Maragh (jockey, Hightail, 1st) – “I had a great trip, saved ground and just waited behind horses. He showed a lot of courage coming through the narrow opening between the rail and the other horse (Merit Man). I was not worried about the foul claim because the 3 (Merit Man) initiated the contact.”

D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Hightail, 1st) – “I just thought that we had a great shot. These races are historically very fast up front. We’re a good closer and I thought we had a shot.

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Quotes for the $1 Million Juvenile Fillies Turf

Christophe Lemaire (jockey, Flotilla, 1st) – “For me, it is a big achievement. The Breeders’ Cup is so very important in the horse racing season. I’m very glad to win a race like that. It was something that was missing in my career. She broke well. I was a bit worried by the pace which was not very swift, but when I asked, she reacted very well and won brilliantly.”

Mikel Delzangles (trainer, Flotilla, 2nd) – “This is great. Absolutely great. It was a good preliminary for Australia.”

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Quotes for the $2 Million Juvenile Fillies

Richard Mandella (trainer, Beholder, 1st) – “She ran her heart out. It was a big effort and being at her home track sure helps. I guess Santa Anita still has the magic.”
(Mandella won four Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita in 2003)

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Beholder, 1st) – “We figured to be on the lead unless someone did something, and she ran just to her style. She’s super fast, and she relaxed as much as I wanted her to. I tried to sneak away a little on the turn for home, and at first she did it, but then she acted like she hit a wall and I got a little nervous. But when the other filly (Executiveprivilege) came to her, she kicked on and gave me another gear. I guess she was just playing possum with me.”

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Quotes for the $2 Million Filly & Mare Turf

Chad Brown (trainer, Zagora, 1st) – “She had everything go her way today. She got the turf she likes, she got a great trip, and she’s been training great. I’ve never seen her look better health wise. Everything came together for her today and it couldn’t happen to a horse that deserved it more.”

“I’m so pleased, especially for the Schwartzs for being terrific supporters. They gave me a great horse to train. She’s been a model of consistency since she came into my barn. She’s a very reliable horse in the mornings and afternoons, and she gave me my first grade I win last year (in the Diana). She’s a special horse to me.”

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Quotes for $2 Million Ladies’ Classic

Bill Mott (trainer, Royal Delta, 1st) – “Spectacular. She broke sharply and was out on the lead and just ran the race that way. She’s a talented mare to be able to run well and win no matter how the race develops. I was a little concerned when they were throwing up those fractions, but she kept going and ran them off their feet.”

Mike Smith (jockey, Royal Delta, 1st) – “I’ve become the all-time winner at Breeders’ Cup (with 16 wins). It’s incredible to be with the riders on this list; truly an honor. I hope to be around a few more years to add to it. I really had a lot of confidence in her. She trains the way that she ran. Just amazing.”

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THE MODERATOR: We're joined by team Royal Delta, historic Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic victory. Royal Delta the second horse ever to win back to back Ladies' Classics, of course, Bayakoa the other.
We have jockey, Mike Smith who has now become the all time winningest Breeders' Cup jockey, 16 wins. Jerry Bailey will have to come out of retirement in order to do anything about it.

William Mott, 9th Breeders' Cup, tied for second with Shug McGaughey. The bad news is you have 10 more to catch D. Wayne Lukas. Congratulations on winning this year with Royal Delta. You bought her shortly after the Breeders' Cup, looks like a wise investment and the decision was key here coming into the race.

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Friday, November 02 2012

$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon

Thursday, October 31, 2012

Calidoscopio – It’s been hard to miss the Argentina import Calidoscopio since his arrival in California nearly two months ago to prepare for the Marathon as he is the only horse to be galloped bareback every morning and he wears a white “bonnet.” The bonnet not only helps make the horse easy to spot, but is supposed to also to help prevent, “head colds,” according to his trainer Guillermo Frenkel.

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Breeders’ Cup European Report

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Having cleared quarantine Wednesday evening, Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Breeders’ Cup team took to the Santa Anita track for the first time to stretch their legs Thursday morning.

Leading the group was St Nicholas Abbey, who will be bidding to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf for the second time in succession. His regular rider Joseph O’Brien was in the saddle, and having loosened up with a gentle walk and a trot, he put in a nice steady canter around the main track.

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