Sunday, August 03 2014

Saratoga Race Course Notes: Sunday, August 3

• Guillot considering G1 Woodward, G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for Whitney winner Moreno
• Palace Malice, sixth in the Whitney as the favorite, remains on course for G1 Woodward; Princess of Sylmar turns in Saturday breeze wearing blinkers
• Patience pays off for Gyarmati with G1 Longines Test winner Sweet Reason
• Palace, victorious in Vanderbilt, possible for G1 Forego or G1 Vosburgh; La Verdad targeting G1 Ballerina
• Mr Speaker, a G1 winner on turf, remains possible for G1 Travers after breezing on dirt Saturday
• Jess's Dream, a 2-year-old son of Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, arrives at McLaughlin barn
• Motion continues strong meet by sweeping Saturday juvenile maiden races with Strong Coffee, Pride of Stride
• Familiar foes to square off Monday for NYSS Cab Calloway, NYSS Statue of Liberty

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Saturday, August 02 2014

Longines Test (G1) Quotes

Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Sweet Reason (No. 7): "This seemed like the perfect spot for her - she loves Saratoga, she's shown she likes seven-eighths, her one-turn mile [in the Grade 1 Acorn] at Belmont was great, she came out of that race great - so this was the logical spot. I was very excited about running her here. It came up a very salty field with some really nice fillies in the race, so this was probably her biggest test yet, in my opinion. She was doing really well, though, so win, lose, or draw, I felt I'd done everything I could and she was as good as I could get her. I went in feeling good about the race."

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Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) Quotes

Linda Rice, winning trainer of Palace (No. 1): "I was a little concerned about the No. 1 post position. It's not ideal. It looked like he broke a step slow, so I was a little concerned at that point. It looked like the No. 5 horse, Happy My Way, was on a loose lead. Obviously, I was somewhat concerned, but this horse is such a competitor. He's got the heart of a lion. Cornelio [Velasquez] went after [Happy My Way] early, and he was able to run him down in the stretch. This horse really has a strong finish, and once he switched to his right lead and he was in reach of [Happy My Way] - he's such a tremendous competitor - I knew that he would get to him."

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Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Filimbi (No. 9): "He let her run out of there; she had a clean break and she broke well enough. She was a little wide around the first turn but after that, midway around the turn, he was able to tuck in, so it wasn't a terribly wide trip. When he wanted to, he had a clear run. He was able to move her up a little bit leaving the half-mile pole. What I was impressed with was, from the eighth pole home, she ran heads up with the good horse at the eighth pole, and now you have to see, did we miss a little training? Did she get a little tired? She just accelerated and seemed to put in a real nice run. You always hope they keep improving a little bit at a time. I think this was a very solid field. No one could deny there were some very nice fillies in here."

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Lure Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Big Blue Kitten (No. 4): "What a great horse. I wasn't quite sure if I had him fit enough off the layoff, but it seemed like a good spot to get him started. I told Joe if he won, it'd be terrific, but as long as he finished well we had some big plans for this horse later in the year. Lo and behold, he got through anyway on heart."

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Friday, August 01 2014

Smirnoff Sorbet Caress Quotes

Ian Wilkes, winning trainer of Free as a Bird (No. 3): "She broke a little further back than I thought. She was always traveling; I thought it would be a good test for her. I think she's very comfortable with horses in front of her. She finished strong. The filly's been doing extremely well. This year, she's stepped her game up. She's matured, she's a 5-year-old, and just getting a little better. You learn something every time you run. At least she's not one-dimensional and has to be close. She can close from out of it. It just depends on the pace. We'll probably look next to the 5 ½-furlong [Smart n' Fancy, August 25]."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Free as a Bird (No. 3): "When I was coming for home I thought it was a little bit wide on the outside. [But] I have a lot of confidence in her."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Friday, August 1

• Wise Dan to skip G2 Fourstardave; G2 Bernard Baruch, G1 Woodward, G1 Woodbine Mile all possible for champion's next start
• Falling Sky confirmed for G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt
• Bahamian Squall, second in 2013 Vanderbilt, makes second start off the bench in 2014 edition
• Fiftyshadesofgold to try Sweet Reason again in G1 Longines Test
• Motion has Joy for De La Rose, Edge of Reality for Lure
• Inimitable Romanee, Concise top field for Sunday's Fasig-Tipon Waya
• Fields beginning to take shape for Week Four stakes at Saratoga

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Tuesday, July 29 2014

Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) Quotes

Danny Gargan, winning trainer of R Free Roll (No. 3): "We knew [going to the lead] was the only way we were going to beat [La Verdad]. We took control of the race and made her have to chase. That was the game plan, and [R Free Roll's owner Rich Averill] is a pretty smart handicapper, and he's a pretty sharp guy to pick those things out."

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Sunday, July 27 2014

Shuvee Handicap (G3) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Antipathy (No. 3): "It was a great performance. Team McLaughlin needed a win; we haven't run that many live ones. We were real happy to get a win. She's a well-bred filly for Godolphin, and now she has a Grade 3 win to go along with a Grade 1 placing. I thought she ran very well."

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Saratoga Race Course Notes 7/27

• Tonalist "comes back in good order" following runner-up finish in G2 Jim Dandy
• Kid Cruz emerges from Jim Dandy in good shape
• Vyjack likely to return to sprinting in the G1 Vanderbilt
• Merry Meadow set to contest G2 Honorable Miss on Monday
• Dutrow marks G1 Ketel One King's Bishop on calendar for The Big Beast following standout allowance victory on Saturday
• Palace Dreams regains winning form for Duggan at Spa

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Amsterdam (G2) Quotes

Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Coup de Grace (No. 4): "He's a very nice horse. I spoke to Larry [Jones] this morning and rode him with a lot of confidence. He did it easily today."

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Quotes from Competitive Edge’s 10 ¼-length debut win

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Competitive Edge (No. 9): "He has never disappointed us in anything that he has done, literally, from the first time we breezed him. He continually showed us he's a very talented colt, and every time we did something with him it was impressive. So we had high hopes coming into today. You never know when you run one for the first time. We were impressed, but not surprised."

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