Thursday, August 29 2013

Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes Quotes

Janet Elliot, winning trainer of The Grey Express (No. 5): "We bought her last year, actually, specifically to run in Saratoga. [When she was turned out] the other mare kicked this mare in the shoulder and gave her two chips, so that was her out for the rest of the year. .So, this has really been her first year. In a way it's helped, because she's had a year to acclimatize. She's game; she really tries. When she's on, it looks like she digs in and does her best. She did a nice job. She's a good girl."

Ross Geraghty, winning jockey aboard The Grey Express (No. 5): "She's very good. She's not flamboyant. She's just very efficient. She gets in tight and pops away. I didn't ask for anything from her, apart for the last two. When you do [ask] she gives you everything."

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Monday, August 26 2013

Personal Ensign (G1) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Royal Delta (No. 2): "When she comes with her 'A' game, that's what you expect. She was just good. She was good last time. Mike said she was strong and felt great."

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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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