The Notebook October 17, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Jessica Cary, Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer, on an unidentified bettor who donated a winning ticket worth $26,000 during a fundraising event at Keeneland last weekend (Lexington Herald-Leader):

    He said he didn't want anything from this, patted us on the shoulder, and walked away into the crowd. He said, ‘This is for the children.’

  • Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone, during a speech at her induction to the Women’s Hall of Fame, on the lack of accommodations for women riders at Monmouth Park when she was starting out (

    So I had to pee in a cup.

  • Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Can the Man, winner of the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita:

    There’s a lot of pressure with this horse because he’s named for my son, Canyon.

  • Trainer Eddie Truman on Howard and Janet Siegel’s Eddie’s Turn, who won at Santa Anita on Saturday, giving jockey Corey Nakatani his fourth win in a row:

    Corey must have had his confidence rolling by the time he rode my horse. They named the horse for me, so that made it even more special.

  • Richard Lister, breeder of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity winner We Miss Artie, on dispersing his stock in the upcoming Keeneland November sale (Thoroughbred Daily News):

    It’s probably a good year to sell, but it’s going to break my heart. The horizon for breeding is quite long. You really need five years [from mating to racing]. I’m 75 years old — I’m not sure how many 5-year horizons I have!

  • Trainer Christophe Clement on Discreet Marq, winner of the Pebbles Stakes on Oct. 14 at Belmont Park:

    She's a very nice filly who belongs to great people. I'm delighted for them. We've been stretching her all year long but she's good, and she overcame me, which is wonderful.

  • Ken Ramsey, co-owner (with wife, Sarah) of Kitten’s Joy, the nation’s leading turf sire and leading sire by earnings, on how their prized stallion is treated (The Blood-Horse):

    We spent $300,000 on what we call ‘Kitten’s Spa.’ It’s an underwater treadmill, and we have the old boy in there five days a week. After that, we take him out and put him on a vibrating platform that increases the bone density.

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