The Notebook July 24, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Trainer Shug McGaughey, on Kentucky Derby winner Orb and his current base, Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center:

    I got a text from Bruce Jackson yesterday. [Orb] just walked yesterday after working and [the text read], ‘Orb quite fresh this morning.’ Everything’s good. He did so well at Payson Park, but this is Payson Park on steroids with all those amenities.

  • Trainer Michael Dilger, after earning the third victory of his training career (and first in a stakes) in his first start at Saratoga, winning Sunday’s Sanford Stakes with Wired Bryan:

    Today is my first stakes winner and first stakes runner. Sorry, I’m hoarse. I was cheering a little bit.

  • Horse owner and public handicapper Bob Ike, after picking all eight winners on a Del Mar card in the San Diego Union-Tribune:

    You have to get lucky in this game. People don’t realize how tough it is, as an owner, to win and how tough it is to make a profit. In gambling, you can make a daily score. You can’t do that owning a horse. We’re all in this game because we have a passion for it.

  • Trainer John Shirreffs on Eblouissante, the promising half-sister to Zenyatta who finished last after acting up in the gate in Saturday’s Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga:

    You can't always predict the outcome or what they're going to do. You just accept it and try to improve.

  • Southern California track announcer Trevor Denman on the origin of one of his catchphrases:

    The one ‘You can ring up the register,’ came from a taxi driver in New York. We were talking horse racing and he said, ‘I bet this horse and he was, like, four clear at the eighth pole, I was ready to ring up the register.’ I thought, aha, that sounds very good. So I stole one from a taxi driver. I imagine he doesn’t know. But he might.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen, on the thrilling finish of Friday’s Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga, which resulted in a dead heat between Brazen Persuasion, trained by Asmussen, and Bahnah, trained by fellow Texan Bret Calhoun:

    They were opposite on the nods. It was, 'no, yes, no, yes, no, yes.' I did think she got beat on the wire watching the replay, and then when they threw the number up, they go 4-5 in order, you think she won. And then they throw the dead heat, so we'll take all of it.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Mike Harden, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Mike: "Rosie Napravnik aboard Rahystrada heading to the winners circle after winning the $200,000 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park on July 13, 2013." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief cation to photos@ntra.com

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