The Notebook May 23, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Tom Brady talking to ESPN about his Kentucky Derby celebration video:

    It was just a fun experience. We've been going to the Kentucky Derby for a long time with a lot of my buddies -- with Wes [Welker], Dan Koppen and Tedy Bruschi, Lonie Paxton, a lot of guys that I've played with. Randy [Moss] came one year. I've been going for about 12 years and we went down with a friend of ours who is an owner of the horse, so we actually kind of had a rooting interest. We had a rooting interest for several months. It was kind of like we were very much a fan. I haven't had that experience in a very long time, where you're just very happy that someone else won. I was very ... I would say overjoyed.

  • Oxbow’s trainer D. Wayne Lukas addresses spoiling Orb’s Triple Crown bid in the post-Preakness press conference:

    I get paid to spoil dreams.

  • Gary Stevens talking about his Preakness Stakes-winning ride in the post-race press conference:

    In these classic races … you don't give up anything they give you for free, and they gave me a free three-quarters of a mile today, and I was smiling pretty good midway down the backside.

  • Owner and native New Yorker Mike Repole (co-founder of vitaminwater and owner of BodyArmor and Pirate Brands, maker of the snack food Pirate's Booty) discussing his desire to win the Belmont Stakes and contemplating running multiple horses in it, including filly Unlimited Budget and colts Overanalyze, Micromanage and Midnight Taboo:

    I want to win this race. But I’m not going to do something dumb or stupid to win the race.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to Grace Holland, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Grace: "Wee Alex, son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, gets a pat from his exercise rider during morning workouts at Keeneland Race Course." Want in? Send a .jpg and brief description to for consideration!

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