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Monday, August 05 2013


Shine Again Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Holiday Soiree (No. 5): "We got the pace setup that we figured. We sat a good trip and she really ran super. It's the first time we've run her; we've only had her a short period of time. She's trained really well since we had her; I'm very pleased with the way she did it. She's a straightforward, professional filly, a little aggressive to gallop. We worked her one time and she worked lights out, so we were just happy to find a nice spot for her."

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Holiday Soiree (No. 5): "We ended up having a perfect trip. I stalked those two horses on the lead. It was kind of easy, and then by the quarter pole I asked my horse to start running and she responded right away."



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King Cyrus Maiden Win Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of King Cyrus (No. 6): "We felt like he had been training well. We originally put him in a six-furlong race on Saturday; we thought seven furlongs might be better for him. He's an obvious two-turn kind of horse - bred that way, looks that way, trains that way. We were happy with the way he came into the race but didn't really expect him to blow them away like that."



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Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) Quotes


Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Justin Phillip (No. 4): "Last year's Vanderbilt was a good opportunity for him, and I thought he was unfortunate not to win that day. For everything to work out, to have him in this position today - a good draw, a good set up - was very rewarding. I can't say enough about how much respect I have for Justin Phillip as a racehorse. He hasn't held any of the mistakes we made with him against us. We were trying to win the Derby with him when he was 3! He has a lot of talent, and you want to get that done. For him to travel as much as he has, run as fast as he has, and probably put up his best race today - 1:08 2/5 in a Grade 1, put him over a million dollars - it's very rewarding."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Cross Traffic doing "very well" after G1 Whitney win, Woodward could be next; Princess of Sylmar breezes
• Wilkes: slow start in Whitney compromised Fort Larned, who could return in Woodward
• McGaughey comments on Orb's Saturday breeze at Fair Hill, experience attending Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Bill Parcells
• G2 Adirondack contender Fiftyshadesofgold sparkles in four-furlong bullet breeze
• Stall looking to upset Wise Dan with Lea; West Virginia Derby winner Departing to return to Saratoga this afternoon; Foxwoods King's Bishop possible next start for Central Banker
• McLaughlin regrouping with Whitney sixth-place finisher Alpha
• Qushchi, Kissable top field for Monday's Waya
• West Hills Giant returns in Wednesday's NYSS Cab Calloway





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GULFSTREAM TODAY


Isabelle's Thunder Captures Featured Allowance; Zayas Taken for X-Rays of Elbow
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - After trying the boys in an allowance race at Gulfstream on July 13, 17-1 long shot Isabelle's Thunder welcomed the return to fillies-and-mares company Sunday with a late-closing victory in the featured eighth race, a $36,000 claiming allowance race.





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Saturday, August 03 2013


Cross Traffic Holds On for G1 Whitney Invitational Win


By Jenny Kellner

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After two heartbreaking losses, Cross Traffic finally earned his first stakes victory with a front-running triumph over some of the country's top older horses in the 86th edition of the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.





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Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Cross Traffic (No. 4): "The plan was to let him run to the first turn. Being outside of Mucho Macho Man and Fort Larned - the other two speeds - we felt like we were in a good position. It worked out really well. We got a great run into the first turn. The first quarter was key - Johnny was able to get to the position he wanted without overdoing it, and kind of picked it up from there. It was a strongly run race throughout, and we were just hoping he could hold on the last part after the two losses we had at Belmont. Those were heart-breaking losses, to run as well as he did in those two races and miss by a whisker. Turning for home, I thought we had a big shot, but I was still wanting to get there."





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De La Rose Quotes


Michael Matz, winning trainer of Assateague (No. 4): "She ran great. We are so pleased with her. We knew she would be close to the pace. We were hoping she wouldn't get into a speed duel. She stumbled a little bit at the beginning, so, that may have helped her a little bit. [Luis Saez] did a terrific job in settling her. He got her to relax in a perfect spot. I couldn't ask for anything better than that. The last time he rode her in New York, she broke on the lead, but he got her to relax so much."

Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Assateague (No. 4): "I was third and I had time. When they came in for the turn, I thought she was beaten, but she won the race from there. It feels so good, it is unbelievable. You know she gave me everything, hands down. She ran big."




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Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Horse of the Year Wise Dan turns in dirt breeze for G2 Fourstardave
• King Kreesa breezes on turf for Fourstardave
• Shirreffs says Mr. Commons, scheduled to breeze on Sunday, benefited from Fourstardave prep race
• Pletcher could double down in G2 Adirondack, Saratoga Special; "Kitten," "Llama" work for G2 Hall of Fame
• Wise Dan heads probables for G2 Fourstardave; fields taking shape for G2 Adirondack, G2 Saratoga Special
• McPeek 'War Horses' breeze in company
• Romans wants to keep Silverette on grass following Sportech Caress victory
• Van Berg book signing next Saturday





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$100,000 Housebuster Quotes


Trainer Larry Bates (Black Diamond Cat): "He prepped really well for this. He went in 47 (seconds for a half-mile) for this. The weather really helped him and the way the race set up. (An off track) has helped him in the past. He nickers when it rains. He’s such an honest horse. That’s a lovely field that was behind him. He’s a little underrated, but we think a lot of him. We’ve had some problems that we’ve ironed out over time. I’d like to say he’s like a good whiskey – he improves with age. It’s great that he’s getting a little recognition. A horse like him keeps you going.”

Jockey Jilver Chamafi (Black Diamond Cat): "Everything went perfect. He broke good and everything was fine. The only thing the trainer told me was don't fight him too much."

Jockey Edgard Zayas (Swagger Jack): "We had a perfect trip, he just came up empty in the end."




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GULFSTREAM TODAY


No Lift Shift Gate to Wire; Chamafi Rides Three Winners

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kleinubing Racing's No Lift Shift, making his third start across the turf, took the lead leaving the gate and never relinquished it to win Saturday's seventh race, a $44,000 allowance race.





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Friday, August 02 2013


Sportech Caress Quotes


Dale Romans, winning trainer of Silverette (No. 8): "Her two breezes on the turf were phenomenal. The early fractions were fast but she was doing it really relaxed. That's phenomenally fast. We have three horses for [owner] Paul Pompa, but this is the star of the barn. [Jockey Robby Albarado] has worked her the last two times and it worked out. It was nice to see her have that target in front of her. We'll see if she keeps moving forward."

Robby Albarado, winning jockey aboard Silverette (No. 8): "If you've watched me ride long enough you know my body movement, I was still as I could be. She was doing it very within herself. She's very deceptive; it doesn't look like she's doing it that fast, but she's moving. I worked her on the Oklahoma grass course, and she went really fast. I thought I went 49 or 50 [seconds] and she went 47. She does it real easy. She had a nice future on the dirt, but hopefully she continues to excel on the grass."




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