The Notebook October 10, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Jockey Channing Hill on fiancée Shelbi Catalano, who may or may not have a hand in helping the rider secure mounts from her father, trainer Wayne Catalano:

    I feel like I should give her 25-percent. She’s the best agent I’ve ever had.

  • Owner Ken Ramsey after taking the Grade 3 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes with $9.40 winner Kitten Kaboodle at Keeneland on Oct. 9:

    My only regret is I had to do an interview and did not get a bet down.

  • Trainer Mark Casse after winning Keeneland’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades with My Conquestadory, a leading candidate for the Nov. 2 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:

    A little worried? My thoughts were, ‘Here we have this great filly and she’s not going to be able to show how great she was.’ I wasn’t upset or worried for me, I was worried for her, because I wanted her to be able to show you how great she was. That was my concern.

  • Trainer Mike Hushion on Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner Artemis Agrotera, another leading candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies:

    We’re going to the Breeders’ Cup until she tells us ‘No.’

  • Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott on the racing tactic his filly Emollient took when dropping back to last while winning the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on Oct. 6 at Keeneland:

    They don’t always do what you think they’re going to do. I guess we’ve got to do it their way once in a while.

  • Trainer Wayne Catalano describing watching two of his horses in the Bourbon Stakes on Oct. 6 at Keeneland with his one charge, Poker Player, getting the win:

    I had two horses in the race. I was watching the one horse [School On a Hill] down on the rail. He was bottle-necked in there. I was hoping he’d get a little room, then all of a sudden here comes Poker Player on the outside getting clear running, and here we are.

  • Owner and trainer Wesley Ward was all smiles the morning after the first graded stakes (Grade 2) victory by his Judy the Beauty in the Thoroughbred Club of America stakes race on Oct. 5 at Keeneland:

    The filly is doing good and the owner-trainer is doing better.

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