Saturday, August 24 2013


Travers (G1) Flash Quotes


Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Will Take Charge (No. 5): "I want to say thanks to God, [Mr. ] Lukas and everyone who's coming here to see these champions. This horse was training good. Last time, when he finished second, I saw the replays and I knew how to ride him. I tried to ride him like he runs."





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Travers (G1) Quotes


Eric Guillot, trainer of runner-up Moreno (No. 6): "Brutal, huh? Last jump. He couldn't have done any better - stay in the three-path, stay off the rail, make them come to you, don't let them go inside you, don't let them pinch you on the rail. The kid [Jose Ortiz] rode him just like I told him. He knows the horse and he rode him perfect; we got beat. He said the horse kind of waited on them that last part. What are you going to do?"





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Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Capo Bastone (No. 3): "He's shown, on his good days, that he's good enough to compete in a race like this. He was pretty close to Forty Tales in the Derby Trial, and it seemed like he was training better than ever. Based off his breeze with Verrazano [on Sunday], we felt like it was time to take a shot. It seemed like everything was gelling at the right time, and he was sitting on a good one, so we felt like, 'Let's try a big one.' It seems like he has found his niche. I think he gets a mile, no problem, but this was a good set-up for him today."





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Ketel One Ballston Spa (G2) Quotes


Alan Goldberg, winning trainer of Laughing (No. 1) [by telephone]: "It was a great race. She ran well, and hopefully she'll come back well. She's a trier. She's real healthy now and I think she'll be a pretty good force in the filly and mare division. She's pretty tough. I actually thought she would [do it]. The other filly hung in there pretty good. Looking at her form, it looked like [Pianist] wanted to have the lead. She'd run her best races on the lead. It was a good horse race; it turned out really well."





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Test (G1) Quotes


Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Sweet Lulu (No. 5): "I was a little concerned when she got headed, and then Julien [Leparoux] rode hard and she came back, fought back and won. She's done everything we've asked her to do. I didn't know if I should ship her this soon and come back here and try this, but she was doing so well and showing speed, and this is a Grade 1 and a very important race for pedigree, so we decided to try it."





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Friday, August 23 2013


Ballerina (G1) Quotes


Ollie Figgins, III, winning trainer of Dance to Bristol (No. 1): "Her will to win is what makes her special. Book Review had dead aim on her inside the eighth pole. Once she saw her coming, she just wouldn't let her by. She broke nice and clean and [jockey Xavier Perez] just let her get her rhythm. She eased to the outside a little past the half-mile pole, it looked like, and everything went pretty smooth. We knew we had a good horse, and we were hopeful [we could come to Saratoga and win two graded stakes races]."





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Havana Maiden Win Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Havana (No. 1): "Looking at the worktab of the horse who was second [Kendall's Boy], he looked like he had been training very well. It didn't surprise us [Havana] broke alertly and showed speed, and I was happy to see him put in the performance he did."





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Thursday, August 22 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• All systems 'go' with Verrazano, Palace Malice for G1 Travers
• Lukas eager to run Will Take Charge in Travers; Fast Bullet pointed to G1 Forego
• The Lumber Guy to make comeback in Chowder's First Stakes on Friday; Amerback emerges from runner-up performance in Albany in good shape
• Frac Daddy to try turf in Saturday allowance
• Almurra headed for stakes following debut win





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Dominguez to Receive Mike Venezia Award on Sunday


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ramon Dominguez, a three-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, will be presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.





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New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase (G1) Quotes


Jonathan Sheppard, winning trainer and owner of Italian Wedding (No. 1): "He's a tough, honest little horse. He seems to like Saratoga. He won up here two years ago. Obviously, he ran well in the Smithwick [second]. It's a handicap, so he was getting a little bit of weight from some of the top horses. Bernie [Dalton] seems to really suit him. He is a horse that I bred myself. I own his dam and his grandmother, and it means a lot. It was a fun race, and I was really proud of him."

Does winning this (race 14 times) ever get old? "Not really, no. I hope I can do it again."





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Sunday, August 18 2013


Saratoga Race Course Notes


• Palace Malice, Verrazano pitch-perfect in G1 Travers works; Alabama heroine Princess of Sylmar exits third straight G1 win in good order, plans uncertain; G1 Whitney winner Cross Traffic back on worktab; Forty Tales breezes for G1 Foxwoods King's Bishop; Shanghai Bobby, Graydar also work for Pletcher
• Mechanicville, N.Y. native Chad Brown savoring biggest day of training career
• Three-time Travers winner Castellano to ride Romansh in "Mid-Summer Derby"
• Robbie Davis still on Cloud 9 after first Spa training victory





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Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) Quotes


Barclay Tagg, winning trainer of Caroline Thomas (No. 7): "She ran a splendid race. Whether we got put up or not, she was only beaten a couple of inches. She ran the race we've been looking for. We had the Grade 1 Garden City [September 14, Belmont Park] and the Queen Elizabeth II [October 12] that her mother [Bit of Whimsy] won at Keeneland in mind all along, but our confidence was wavering a little bit with all the problems she had trying to get going in the races.





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