Thursday, August 28 2014


P.G. Johnson Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Partisan Politics (No. 3): "We spoke about it in the paddock, Javier and I, and we really wanted the spot the No. 1 [Ancient Goddess] was in going into the first turn. Handicapping the race, I thought there were two speed horses, and I knew that European horses generally don't break well first time out, so I said, 'See if you can break and get right in the pocket.' That's the trip I wanted, and maybe wait for a hole turning for home. When the No. 1 got my spot and [Partisan Politics] was four wide, I was not happy. I'm really proud of this horse, for her to go wide the whole way and still power home and win convincingly. I wasn't positive she wanted to go a mile and a sixteenth quite yet; that's why I debuted her sprinting. I thought today we would have had to save a little more ground to win, but she didn't need it; she got a wide trip and still won."





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Saturday, August 23 2014


Ballerina (G1) Quotes


Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Artemis Agrotera (No. 1): How was she training after finishing eighth in the Grade 1 TVG Acorn? "Just lightened up on her a little. She's a filly that apparently does better off of light training than five-eights [of a mile] in a minute every six days."





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Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1) Quotes


Tony Dutrow, winning trainer of The Big Beast (No. 7): "[Javier Castellano] came to the paddock and said, 'This horse will be OK today. There are two or three inside of me who are going to go, and I'm going to sit and make a run. I want to get the jump on [Coup de Grace].' And that's just what happened."





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Ballston Spa (G2) Quotes


Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Abaco (No. 3): "I'm excited. In her last three races, she's really had some good moves and been unlucky to lose. Jose [Ortiz] rode a great race today and got her in good position. She's a funny kind of filly; if you allow her to lay too close she won't finish as well. I was a little bit afraid that if we did get a pace that he might let her ease up a little sooner than we wanted to. I told him she's going to be back, so you're just going to have to judge your move on what the pace is, and he did a good job of that."





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Wednesday, August 20 2014


Better Talk Now Quotes


Brian Lynch, winning trainer of Heart to Heart (No. 2): "You're getting to the end of the season, so there's not many straight 3-year-old races, especially at a mile on the turf. His race at Keeneland was very impressive, and then we chased the Queen's Plate a little bit. I think he really runs the turns well; he absolutely loves two-turn racing. I think when we ran him 1 1/8 miles at Woodbine, with the big long stretch, it was a little soft and he had the wobbly boot on late. He fit here today."





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Tuesday, August 19 2014


Quotes from the draw for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers


Dallas Stewart, trainer of Commanding Curve (No. 1, 15-1):
About his reputation as a stretch runner: "That's his style. He's got the one hole. He's doing very well. I got my main man, Pedro Velez. He's a little different of an exercise rider than the last guy who was galloping him. He's more of a tougher-type exercise boy. He puts the horse on the bit. He challenges the horse a little more. So, we changed it up a little bit. I hope it doesn't backfire. I don't think it will. We just need to be seven or eight lengths better than we were the last time.





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Tonalist, Wicked Strong tangle again in Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Grade 1 winners Tonalist and Wicked Strong will renew their budding rivalry on racing's biggest summer stage, joined by fellow Grade 1 heroes Bayern and Mr Speaker among 10 horses set to gather for the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.





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Sunday, August 17 2014


Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) Quotes


H. Graham Motion, trainer of winner Main Sequence (No. 4):"That was worrying. But when they went so quick, I felt a lot better. [Jockey] Rajiv [Maragh] did a great job. I told him if he doesn't break don't worry about it, and that's what he did. [Breaking slowly] has been his trait all along. I talked to [former trainer] David Lanigan about it a lot, and there's really not a whole lot we can do to change him at this stage. Last time, he wasn't quite as bad as today. He was a little antsy in the gate today; that didn't help."





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Alydar Quotes


Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Farhaan (No. 3) and beaten favorite and third-place finisher Alpha (No. 1): "We thought Alpha would be able to win. In the first turn he got jammed up and went a little quick; he almost ran off with Johnny [Velazquez]. It wasn't an ideal situation; that's why we had Farhaan as a backup plan and it worked out great. I think they went so fast early and it set up well for him. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] is riding unbelievably right now. He rode three so far today and won all three, [including] two for us. So it was a great day and great to see this horse run so well off a four-month layoff. He was ready today. Maybe we'll have higher goals for him later; bigger races. We'll have to think about Alpha. He ran well. He didn't just fall in a heap; he just went too fast early."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Sunday, August 17


• Mr Speaker breezes, definite for G1 Travers
• Mott gets opportunity to run Charge Now at 1 ¼ miles in Travers; Crown Queen emerges from G2 Knob Creek Lake Placid in good shape
• Ulanbator, Viva Majorca work for G1 Travers
• All systems go for The Big Beast in G1 Ketel One King's Bishop
• Stopchargingmaria exits G1 Alabama win in good shape; Palace Malice to work sans blinkers next week
• Zito to send out C. Zee in G1 Ketel One King's Bishop
• Natalie Victoria narrow favorite in Monday's Summer Colony
• Dream Saturday impressive in allowance score





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Friday, August 15 2014


John Morrissey NYB) Quotes


Phil Serpe, winning trainer of Weekend Hideaway (No. 3): "Our horse has been training great, and I kind of thought he was getting the Rodney Dangerfield treatment a little bit. He's now got six wins in 16 starts, with three seconds and three thirds, so you can't look away from that. But we were very happy because our horse was training great into the race. We're really happy for Mike Hoffman and his crew from Red and Black Stable, because they're great people. I was a little concerned when they first broke, because I didn't see our horse anywhere, but I wasn't surprised to see him on the lead. And Jose was just sitting on him; his arms weren't moving at all. When [Tom] Durkin called the :44 and change, I was a little concerned, but I figured the track was a little bit tight after the rain."





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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Friday, August 15


• Curlin winner V. E. Day breezes for G1 Travers
• Twilight Eclipse, back in good form following Dubai trip, ready for G1 Sword Dancer on Sunday
• Alpha, a two-time Grade 1 winner at the Spa, entered in $100,000 Alydar on Sunday
• Financial Mogul drops into Saturday allowance
• Blofeld, Signature Cat finish 1-2 in fast Thursday maiden special weight
• Saratoga to host five graded stakes on the flat next week; Tonalist, Wicked Strong, and Bayern top probables for G1 Travers





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