Saturday, June 07 2014
Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 1): "It's pretty extraordinary to have a horse win the Belmont a year ago and come back and win the Met Mile from the No. 1 post carrying 124 pounds and beating last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner [Goldencents]. In the process, it's an unbelievable accomplishment."
Longines Just a Game (G1) Quotes
Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Coffee Clique (No. 5): "A Grade 1 absolutely is the pinnacle for her. She's a homebred, which makes that family so valuable, and she's just such a courageous filly. Just thrilled to see her dog it out like she did."
"It's a world title match to be here today, to compete against this competition. But as I've always said, winning form is good form. She had won two in a row, she fit here today, and she ran like she belonged. God bless her."
Ogden Phipps (G1) Quotes
Bill Mott, winning trainer of Close Hatches (No. 1): "She had shown that dimension before. The last two times she was on the lead, but it's no surprise she was able to do that. We figured that Classic Point figured to go to the lead."
"I think when they advertised that this race would be held on this particular day, I think everybody started pointing to it. There was a lot of build up to it, at least for us. We were aware that Beholder was planning on coming in, that Princess of Sylmar was coming, and that anybody else who had a horse who was in good form and thought they had a chance in the race would show up for it. There has been a lot of anticipation. We've been pointing to the race since early spring, and its just one of those cases where things worked out, where you make a plan and it comes to fruition."
TVG Acorn (G1) Quotes
Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Sweet Reason (No. 5): "After the Gazelle, I didn't like how she was looking. I pulled some blood on her. There were little things off, nothing major, probably just wear and tear from the winter. She probably took it harder than I thought she did going into the race. We just did a lot of work on that, lots of vitamins. There wasn't anything major."
Woody Stephens presented by RTN (G2) Quotes
Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Bayern (No. 9): "You just have to draw a line through the Preakness. He lost all chance at the start. We were up against it here because we drew the one hole. He left the gate running, set some serious fractions, and finished very strong."
Jaipur Invitational (G3) Quotes
Wesley Ward, winning trainer of Undrafted (No. 6): "He ran fantastic. He ran beautiful. I was really happy. We're headed to the July Cup at Newmarket."
"I thought [Velazquez] rode him perfectly. I told him to be a cool-sitter and a go-getter."
Brooklyn Invitational (G2) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Norumbega (No. 8): "The slow early pace wasn't a big concern. He had been training really well and we expected him to run a big race. We're not sure where he'll go next because it's tough to find another 1 1 /2-mile race."
Easy Goer Stakes Quotes
Linda Rice, winning trainer of Kid Cruz (No. 4): "This is terrific. He needed it, we needed it, and we want to keep him going in the right direction. When they put up the first quarter in :22 3/5, and the half in 45 and change, I thought it was our race to lose. He made an inside-outside move. In the past, he's been making a big, sweeping move and losing ground on the turn, but [jockey] Irad [Ortiz] saved ground on the inside, made the inside-outside move, and then when I saw the half, it was our race to lose."
"We'll probably point to the Dwyer (G2, July 5) and keep trying to let him learn his craft."
Friday, June 06 2014
Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Charming Kitten (No. 3): "[John Velazquez] and I were on the same page. I told him to break from the gate and gallop for two miles. I wanted to try to leave him relaxed in the post parade and, hopefully, leave there settled. He gave him a great ride; he had him covered up, and [Charming Kitten] relaxed really well. A great trip."
Belmont Park Notes 6/6
• California Chrome schools in paddock, has final gallop before G1 Belmont Stakes
• General a Rod gets first taste of local surface
• Samraat, Ortiz ready for Belmont Stakes
• Finley has high hopes for Commanding Curve
• Romans trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Medal Count
• Kid Cruz skips Belmont, finds 'easier' spot on undercard for Rice
• Zito reflects on Triple Crowns past, Chrome's chances
• New York trainers, former jockeys backing 'Chrome' in the Belmont Stakes
Thursday, June 05 2014
Belmont Stakes Card - $1.5 Million Pick 4, $1 million Pick 6
Belmont Stakes Card includes $1.5 Million guaranteed Pick 4, $1 million guaranteed Pick 6
ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will present a $1.5 Million Guaranteed All Grade 1 Pick 4 and a $1 Million Guaranteed All Grade 1 Pick 6 on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day.
Belmont Park Notes 6/5
* California Chrome schools at starting gate, gallops 1 ¼ miles
* Tonalist draws far outside, continues preparations for Belmont Stakes
* Wicked Strong gallops on the Belmont training track
* Ride On Curlin braves storm, tunes up for "Test of the Champion"
* Samraat arrives at Belmont, tests local surface
* Pletcher reflects on brief stint training Lucky Pulpit, sire of California Chrome