Monday, August 11 2014

Adirondack (G2) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Cavorting (No. 5): "We had a lot of confidence because she's trained very well. She's a special filly. She ran 11 weeks after she came to us and won by 11 [lengths]. Usually our horses improve [in their] second start. She had a perfect trip; [jockey] Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race. We wanted to try to keep her face clean, and it worked out very well. She's a very talented filly."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: August 10

• Mr Speaker impresses McGaughey with dirt breeze, remains possible for G1 Travers
• Mott wants to focus on one-mile races with G2 Fourstardave winner Seek Again
• Romans remains high on Silver Max, beaten favorite in the G2 Fourstardave
• Requite fires first time out for Weaver in Saturday maiden special weight
• Pletcher on track to match 2011 meet record for victories after winning three races on Saturday
• Brown has pair of runners for Tenski

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Durkin receives the Jockey Club Medal for contributions to the sport

Tom Durkin, who will retire after 43 years as a race caller on August 31, 2014, received The Jockey Club Medal on Saturday night for exceptional contributions to the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

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Saturday, August 09 2014

Gulfstream: $100,000 Florida Sire Stakes Dr. Fager Quotes

Trainer Stanley Gold (Sing Praises): – (On tying Frank Gomez for most training victories (14) in the Florida Sire Stakes) “I’m in good company. We’ll put an asterisk there, because it’s a new series, a new place and a new time.

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Fourstardave Handicap (G2) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Seek Again (No. 2): "They went along and set an honest pace, and you have to set an honest pace to set the track record. I thought he got away well, and going into the first turn I was hoping Sayaad would eventually put a little pressure on Silver Max, which he did. When he left the half-mile pole, he started to turn it up, and he was looking for his best chance to win the race, and it amounted to a good fast pace for us.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Saturday, August 9

• Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist returns to the worktab with eye on G1 Travers
• Wise Dan turns in six-furlong breeze, possible for G2 Bernard Baruch or G1 Woodward
• The Big Beast makes revelation with impressive Saturday breeze; G1 Ketel One King's Bishop next
• Fast Anna has first breeze at Saratoga for Ketel One King's Bishop
• Princess of Sylmar, Stopchargingmaria breeze for G1 Personal Ensign, G1 Alabama, respectively
• Confrontation targeting G1 Forego following impressive optional claiming triumph on Friday
• Commanding Curve breezes; Stewart hoping for better set-up for late-running colt in G1 Travers

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Friday, August 08 2014

National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) Quotes

Michael Pino, winning trainer of Wallyanna (No. 3): "In the morning, this horse has really matured in his training. He's really push-button. He was a little rank the first couple of starts we had but now he's starting to relax. I just told [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.], 'If you just sit on him, he'll do what you want. When you call on him, he'll do what you want.' That's exactly how it worked out."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Friday, August 8

• Wicked Strong tunes up for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers with easy four-furlong breeze
• Unbridled Forever breezes for G1 Alabama
• Veteran jockey Alex Solis inducted into Hall of Fame
• Empressive Humor to face winners for the first time in G2 Adirondack
• G1 Whitney winner Moreno returns to track
• CCA Oaks top four slated to meet again in G1 Alabama; fields forming for G2 Knob Creek Lake Placid, G1 Sword Dancer Invitational
• 'Travers Dead Heat' voted signature drink of Mid-Summer Derby

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Thursday, August 07 2014

I Spent It tops field for Toyota Saratoga Special

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - One of the enduring attractions each summer at Saratoga Race Course is the emergence of rising 2-year-olds, and on Sunday, racegoers will enjoy not one but two outstanding Grade 2 races for juveniles, the $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special and the $200,000 Adirondack for fillies.

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Birdstone Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Micromanage (No. 5): "We always felt like he was a horse that would handle the longer distance.

"It kind of unfolded a little bit like we thought. We actually thought we might be laying third, stalking two horses instead of one. The main thing Javier [Castellano] and I talked about was getting him into a nice, comfortable gallop, in a nice rhythm.

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Saratoga Race Course Notes: Thursday, August 7

• Champion Will Take Charge pointed toward G1 Woodward
• Bobby's Kitten tries to bounce back in G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
• Pletcher, Asmussen reflect upon careers of Ashado & Curlin, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday
• Unbridled Forever, Commanding Curve training toward starts in G1 Alabama, G1 Travers, respectively
• Silver Freak turns in devastating performance Wednesday in optional claimer, possible for G2 Bernard Baruch
• Chilean import Tricky Hat, winner of the John's Call, coming around for McGaughey
• Ribaudo looking at stakes for Quay following Wednesday optional claiming win

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Mrs. Ogden Phipps Hurdle Stakes Quotes

Kate Dalton, winning trainer of Cat Feathers (No. 1): "Any win in Saratoga is what you strive for, but to win something several times is just wonderful. It just sets a horse up to have a little more of a following. Any following we can get for steeplechasing is just great. She's a really, really neat mare. I'm delighted she has some fans."

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