The Notebook April 03, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Vyjack’s owner David Wilkenfeld on his horse’s upcoming showdown with Verrazano in the Wood Memorial:

    Verrazano is the best horse we've faced, but I think Vyjack is the best horse Verrazano has faced.

  • Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey, quoted by Melissa Hoppert in The New York Times, on what winning the Kentucky Derby would mean to the Hall of Famer:

    It’s my dream, but we have never tried to press to get there. But it stands on top of all of them for me, and obviously always has.

  • Elliott Walden, President/CEO and Racing Manager for WinStar Farm, on Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary:

    I think he’s got all the experience he needs and it’s nice he got the points so we are on to Kentucky. I saw him in the paddock. He doesn’t turn a hair. He goes around there like a puppy dog. When you get to Louisville, those kinds of things matter.

  • Trainer Doug O’Neill on the Kentucky Derby points system:

    Being the first year, no one really knows what to make of it. But I do think you can't rest on your laurels as a 2-year-old nowadays. You've got to really be productive in these 3-year-old preps. It makes it interesting, and I guess you hope a good horse doesn't have to scramble to try to get there.

  • Jockey Joel Rosario, quoted by the Associated Press, after his win aboard Animal Kingdom last Saturday in the Dubai World Cup:

    He's a tremendous horse. I let him do his thing, whatever he wanted to do.

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From Mary: "Making new friends at the morning works, Gulfstream Park 3/30/2013." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and a brief caption to photos@ntra.com.

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