The Notebook August 15, 2013

From The Grandstand

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Owner Ed Stanco (King of Prussia Stable) on his Kentucky Oaks-winning filly Princess of Sylmar, favored in Saturday’s Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course (Daily Racing Form):

    This is Alabama week and she’s the star of the show. It’s so much fun. It’s overwhelming how much fun this is.

  • Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing after Dullahan worked five furlongs in advance of a looming showdown with Game On Dude in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic:

    Tell the 'Dude' it's game on.

  • Thoroughbred owner Warren A. “Jimmy” Croll Jr., on the acceptance speech he gave for his champion horse Housebuster, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this past Friday:

    Best way to create tears – get voted into the Hall of Fame.

  • Lisa Borel, wife of newly enshrined Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, relaying trainer Virgil “Yu Yu” Blanchard’s colorful description of the old bush tracks in Catahoula, La., where Blanchard taught Borel how to ride:

    Where the rats are bigger than the cats.

  • Trainer Charlie LoPresti on the reception reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan received at Saratoga on Saturday:

    It raised the hair up on the back of your neck when you're walking over with the horse and all the people are hollering, 'Go, Dan.' I hope by bringing him here it was a good day of racing. They had a lot of people there. Last year, he was an unknown. I mean, he was a good horse, but he wasn't a great horse. That's what it's all about.

  • Dennis Gort of Delmar, N.Y., winner of last week’s "Battle of Saratoga" handicapping contest, on earning a $100,000 first prize and an automatic berth into the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship next January at Treasure Island Las Vegas:

    I've hit the board a few times but never won one. It's very exciting. I consider handicapping to be one of the highest intellectual pursuits. It's a fascinating game.

  • Eric Wing, communications director at the New York Racing Association, describing Saratoga Race Course:

    It’s the best racing in the country and conducted in a timeless setting. When you walk through here, you see and feel the history. It’s truly a destination sporting venue, similar to Fenway Park.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Casey Phillips on winning this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Casey: "I visited the barn of Carl O' Callaghan after it was announced that G1 winner Kinsale King was being retired to pursue a new job as pony horse and best friend of Carl. This is a "daguerrotype" photo of Kinsale King." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief cation to

Photos of the week

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