The Notebook August 01, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott after winning at Saratoga Race Course on his birthday, July 29, for the seventh straight year and 15th of the past 19:

    It's a nice way to finish the day off; at least they won't throw rotten tomatoes at me on the way out.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert on Power Broker’s distant second-place finish behind Verrazano in Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational:

    He ran a good race; I think he thinks he won. I don’t know if he ever saw Verrazano go by.

  • Trainer Mark Casse on a potential next race for $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes winner Uncaptured (The Buffalo News):

    I think I’m going to go wherever Verrazano isn’t.

  • Trainer Mike Machowsky on whether he might dance in the winner’s circle if his charge with the Psy-inspired name, Gangnam Guy, were to win Del Mar’s $100,000 Graduation Stakes:

    I’m not a dancer.

  • Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas while discussing his new appointment to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission:

    When a person goes to the racetrack and they bet on a horse, they become your financial partner for about 15 minutes – just like if they bought stock in Microsoft or AT&T. They have invested in your product. So we have to do everything in our power to make sure that product gives them the best chance to get some return. The beautiful part is, they can stand outside the paddock and meet Wayne Lukas when he comes out. They aren’t going to be able to see Bill Gates when they buy Microsoft.

  • Jockey Rosie Napravnik on being named New Orleans Professional Athlete of the Year by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee:

    To be in such great company as Drew Brees, Danny Granger, Chris Paul and Peyton Manning is humbling and such a great honor. There's no place I'd rather call home than the great city of New Orleans.

  • Dukie, a goose who has lived in the Saratoga infield for at least 25 years, as quoted in a story on her friendship with New York Racing Association employee Melvin White (Albany Times Union):

    Honk, honk.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Elaine Kucharski, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Elaine: "Royal Delta entering the paddock at Delaware Park prior to the Delaware Handicap. It was a return visit to defend her title win from last year; she went on to an easy victory." Want in? E-mail a .jpg with your name and a brief caption to photos@ntra.com!

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