Saturday, October 31 2015

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Quotes

Chad Brown (trainer, Stephanie’s Kitten, 1st) –"She's tough, I'll tell you. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey deserve a lot of credit because they had a chance to sell her last year and they bought her back and raced her as a six-year-old, which isn't a popular thing to do. They were rewarded today. She won here today just six miles from where she was born and raised and I am so happy for them. I was quite concerned when I saw that Irad had her last in a race that had no pace, and when he chose to go up the inside to get through, I thought that he was going to have to get real lucky, and I'm glad he did. But I have a lot of confidence in Irad (Ortiz Jr.). We have a perfect record together so I have a lot of confidence in him. He rode the filly like she was a winner the whole way. I'm so proud of them today. This victory means so much to me. Mr. Ramsay chose to give me this filly after she already won a Breeders' Cup race (The Juvenile Fillies Turf for Wayne Catalano in 2011), which is a risky thing to do. Her form hasn't always been good, but he stayed with me and believed in me and my staff. He has a farm, like I said just six miles from here and this is her last career race. What a story!"

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Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Quotes

Chad Brown (trainer , Wavell Avenue, 1st) – “We thought there'd be a strong pace up front. Joel (Rosario) has gotten along with this filly so well. He's really been instrumental in her development, as much as me. It's really been a team effort. I have to give Steve Young a lot of credit - he found the filly at the farm and put her in our care. It was a great find. From there, she just fit well in the system and she keeps getting better. Joel has given me terrific feedback every time he's ridden her. We were really confident if she got a strong pace she could get there. It's a thrill to be here. I'm so proud of her.”

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Quotes

Enebish Ganbat (trainer, Mongolian Saturday, 1st) – “I was expecting the horse to run well. I thought he could come first or second. Here, he’s been doing very, very well. We came here to win a Breeders’ Cup and we did.”

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Quotes

Jerry Hollendorfer (trainer, Songbird, 1st) – “She just got out there and did her thing. She’s a really nice filly and we’re very blessed to have her. I thought she was doing things relatively easy, especially the second quarter when things slowed up a little bit from the first one. We’re looking forward to next year. We don’t have any plans yet, but we will.”

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Speedway Stable’s 6-year-old mare Hard Not To Like and Sheikk Ahmed al Maktoum’s 4-year-old filly Talmada have been scratched from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1). Hard Not to Like was scratched by her trainer Christophe Clement, while Talmada was scratched by the Stewards for unauthorized administration of Lasix by a private veterinarian.

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Quotes from the $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint

Frankie Dettori (winning rider of Sheikh of Sheikhs)

“He traveled well and won nicely. Six furlongs seems perfect for him.”

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Friday, October 30 2015

Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Race Quotes

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Stopchargingmaria, 1st , Curalina, 3rd and Got Lucky, 10th ) – “You’re concerned anytime there is an inquiry or an objection, but I felt pretty comfortable watching the head-on that we were going to be OK.

“The real key was when we made the decision not to run back after the Personal Ensign and train her up to this. Being able to trainer her in her 2- and 3-year-old years that she runs her best races sometimes when she’s fresh. I think that was the key, and how she trained here. I thought her work here on Saturday was exceptional. She’s the kind of filly who when she breezes like, that she tips herself. I thought that’s what she did in her breeze the other day.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)Race Quotes

Mark Casse (trainer, Catch a Glimpse, 1st) – “She was a little rank in the early going, but we expected that. We’ve been trying and trying to get her to settle. We knew we weren’t going to be able to make the lead. When I was going over the past performance, and I saw Wesley's (Ward) horse (Ruby Notion) I said ‘Oh Boy’, and I knew it was going to be trouble and I was hoping she would clear. But she didn’t and she got a little rough in the first turn, but then she settled and went on and ran her race. She’s a good horse.”

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Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Race Quotes

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Liam’s Map, 1st) – “I was very concerned. The one thing Javier (Castellano) talked about is that he’s a horse with a lot of speed, but he’s not always quick away from there on the first step. We were hoping he’d get a clean break, but he didn’t and was behind horses. I was very concerned at that point.

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$1Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Hit It a Bomb, 1st) – “I’m absolutely delighted. He won his maiden at the Curragh very nicely. Ryan (Moore) knew him. We were always looking forward to coming to Keeneland. When we got the outside draw we were worried and when the ground changed we were also worried. Ryan said he would let him really relax, because he knew what he could do. This was always the plan he’s a real classy miler. ”

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Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Friday Notes

Friday, October 31

American Pharoah – Bob Baffert has enjoyed an abundance of highlight moments during his Hall of Fame career, but none more singular than what he is experiencing with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

“This horse reminds me why I’m in this business,” he said Friday morning after the 4-5 favorite for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic was tucked safely in his stall following his final pre-race gallop. “If I’m having a bad day, I’ll see him and he picks my head up. He’s the champ. Now I’ve got to find another one.”

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Wertheimer et Frere’s Bawina, trained by Carlos Laffon Parias, has been scratched from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

The 4yo daughter of Dubawi got tied up behind after exercise on Wednesday morning and although she showed improvement Thursday when going for a gentle trot on the Training Track, having discussed matters with the veterinary team in the quarantine barn Carlos Laffon Parias decided to scratch the filly from the race.

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