The Notebook September 19, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell on Denver Broncos wide receiver and horse owner Wes Welker and his fondness of the racing industry (Thoroughbred Daily News):

    He’s in love with the horse business. It’s all he wants to talk about – he doesn’t want to talk about football. He says, ‘I don’t golf, I don’t like sports cars.’

  • Reporter Shaun Tolson of Robb Report on his first impressions of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry (Paulick Report):

    I came here thinking I understood the basic premise of the story. Within my first day of walking around Keeneland and meeting people, it didn’t take long for me to realize it was a very complex industry, but complex in so many good ways because there are so many entry points into the industry depending on what [people] want to get out of it.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher on the return of 2012 champion 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby in Friday’s $100,000 Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park (Daily Racing Form):

    He's grown up a bit, and it'd be good to get him started on a positive note. The first thing we need to see is a solid run from him on Friday.

  • Trainer Buff Bradley reflecting on champion female sprinter Groupie Doll’s runner-up effort in the Cigar Mile last November (The Sports Brew):

    Everybody can second guess, but nobody would be asking me questions about the Cigar Mile if she were an inch better. When I left the track that day so many people thanked me for bringing her up there. It was a move to show her off to the fans because that is what you are supposed to do, and to this day she thinks she won.

  • Trainer Roger Attfield on Forte Dei Marmi’s win in the Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 15:

    He's at the best he's ever been. He's done it now three times in a row in three different situations. He's a tough little horse and the way he is right now, he's tough to beat. We gave him a good run down the lane with my other horse [Perfect Timber].

  • Trainer Charlie LoPresti speaking after 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the $ 1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile for the second time on Sept. 15:

    He’s a great horse. I mean, he is a dream come true. He makes us very proud. What he does for the fans and what he does for us, all my team that’s worked with him, Mr. Fink is the breeder, the mare, all the awards we got for breeding and the mare. He is just a dream come true. What a wonderful horse.

  • Darwin Labordo, Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Tour member, on how he first got into horse racing:

    When I was working on my MBA at the Anderson School of UCLA, I did a paper on the Random Walk Theory and compared picking stocks with picking winning horses. There was no statistical difference; they were both random activities. But I got fascinated with horse racing in the process.

  • New Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker Keith Feustle on learning to handicap:

    I liked to handicap and learned to read the [Daily Racing] Form at a young age. I had an old baseball coach, who was a retired minor leaguer, and we would look at the Form during practice. He would ask who I liked at Bowie in the fifth, and I would give him my two cents.

  • Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell on the strong figures for Book 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, which has shown significant year-over-year gains at every session:

    The market this weekend was very good, very strong. It’s pretty impressive to increase those figures by nearly 100% over last year.

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