The Notebook April 25, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Trainer Doug O’Neill on the prospect of his trainee, Goldencents, winning the Kentucky Derby and making Kevin Krigger the first African-American to win the Derby since Jimmy Winkfield guided Alan-a-Dale to victory in 1902:

    Ironically, the trainer of Alan-a-Dale was an Irish guy named Thomas McDowell. Kevin is going to be playing Winkfield and I’m going to be playing McDowell. It’s been a long time since an African-American won this race and it’s time to make it happen again.

  • Owner Ken Ramsey on whether he would definitely be going on to the Kentucky Derby with Toyota Blue Grass Stakes third-place finisher Charming Kitten:

    Is the Pope Catholic?

  • Co-owner and former MLB manager Joe Torre after watching his horse, Game On Dude, fight to win the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic last Saturday night:

    My heart was pumping. It’s a helpless feeling because you can’t do anything about it, just watch. Sort of the same thing as when Mariano Rivera goes out to the mound. You put your hands in your pocket and hope for the best.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Mary M. Meek, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Mary: "We've got our jockey goggles, where are our horses?' Two future jockeys in the paddock at Keeneland on 4/14/2013." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to photos@NTRA.com.

Photos of the week

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