The Notebook August 21, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Tils Tilbury discussing her 28-year-old lead pony Frosty, men and how to handle a fractious filly at Saratoga Race Course (Albany Times Union):

    I tell people, 'Men, to be successful with women, need to be like lead ponies with crazy fillies.' That filly settled down because she went nuts, and he stayed with her. You don't say anything, but you don't let her go. Then she'll say, 'You know what? I went crazy, but this guy didn't go anywhere. He was right there for me.’

  • Jim Iselin, winning trainer of Willet in the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga this past Monday:

    This race is for all the small, little trainers at Aqueduct. Never, ever give up. There's always a chance, right? You lose a little once in a while to win the big ones.

  • Jockey Russell Baze, the all-time leading jockey by wins in the United States, on the racehorses he rides for a living (from The New York Times in its popular new multimedia feature, The Jockey):

    I forget who said this: there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse. They’re such nice animals, big and powerful. They have nice, soft noses.

  • Winning owner Ken Ramsey while waiting for the stewards to rule whether The Apache should be disqualified for interference and Real Solution placed first in the Arlington Million (Louisville Courier-Journal):

    They’re taking him down or there’s not a cow in Texas.

  • Trainer Chad Brown on winning two of the most important Grade 1 grass races in the country – the Arlington Million and the Sword Dancer Invitational – on the same day (Horse Racing Nation):

    I'll tell you, it was incredible. Like I said, so much planning goes into these races. They're on a calendar, and you work backwards a long way out, often, and with horses, the best-laid plans rarely work out. But this time, we pointed to those two races and hit them both. It's a tremendous feeling.

  • Joe Harper, president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, on the Southern California track’s signature race, the Pacific Classic: (WatchList News):

    Pacific Classic Day is a real winner at Del Mar. Race fans get to see an incredible caliber of horses compete and naturally, with an event this big, Del Mar transforms into a party scene just like opening day.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert on jockey Mike Smith's decision not to ride his gelding Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic but to leave California this weekend to ride the mare Royal Delta at Saratoga Race Course

    We knew that day would come. There's always a woman involved.

  • Author Sandy James (The Volatile Amazon) on one of her three favorite things she likes to write about (USA Today):

    My husband and I own a small stable of harness racehorses. We'd always loved watching horseracing, but one day — in the middle of a midlife crisis — hubby came home and said, ‘I want to buy a horse.’ The rest is history. The people and the animals are so much a part of our lives now, I want to share that love.

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