Sunday, August 31 2014

Prioress (G2) Quotes

Kelly Breen, winning trainer of Stonetastic (No. 2): "She's fast. Paco [Lopez] came back and said she did it easy. I'm happy for all the connections; she ran great. Paco said he didn't whip her. I don't know what else to say, she went in 1:08 and four, and did it the right way. We're happy to be here."

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Saturday, August 30 2014

Riskaverse Quotes

Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Miss Frost (No. 2): "Her last two races she's made steps forward; it was a tremendous performance from her. We weren't planning on being on the front end, but it's just the way things worked out. She was just dragging Edgar along. Down the backside I thought maybe she was doing too much for her own good, but once they came to her she just re-broke again. Edgar had a ton of horse the whole way."

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Friday, August 29 2014

Saratoga Race Course Notes 8/29

Stephanoatsee stepping up in G1 Woodward
• Long River can give trainer another G1 Woodward upset; Cavorting breezes
• Confrontation ready to take on G1 competition in Forego
• Brown sends out Zivo and Last Gunfighter in Woodward; Partisan Politics and Startup Nation come back in fine fettle
• G3 winner Kid Cruz sidelined with knee chip; Palace still on fence for G1 Forego
• Race for Spa's leading trainer, jockey and owner could go down to the wire

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Tom Durkin - two-day celebration at Saratoga Race Course

The New York Racing Association to honor legendary race caller Tom Durkin with special two-day celebration at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. will celebrate the illustrious career of longtime track announcer Tom Durkin with two days in his honor at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1.

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Thursday, August 28 2014

Moreno seeks second straight Grade 1 in 61st running of the Woodward

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - What a difference a race makes.

Southern Equine Stable's Moreno has long held a reputation as a fast and dangerous horse that fights hard all the way but gets caught at the end of the biggest graded stakes events. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding changed that way of thinking in dramatic fashion August 2, winning the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney, the richest race of the Saratoga Race Course meet, in front-running fashion over some of the top horses in training.

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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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