I can't tell you how exciting it was to watch. The stretch run, that was goose-bump stuff there.
The Notebook August 29, 2013
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Joe Torre, co-owner of Game On Dude, on witnessing the Pacific Classic in person at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club:
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, 84, after winning the Saratoga Dew Stakes with Go Unbridled at Saratoga Race Course:
It means a lot more [to win] at Saratoga. Every place you win and anytime you win a stake, it's just great. I've always been that way [emotional in the winner's circle]. You think of all the times when you didn't do nothing, you know. Well, we've had our bad days [but] we've come around, and that's what counts. This is the first one we've won here [this year], so we're off the duck. It was right. It was great.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on jockey Martin Garcia, who finally got to ride Game On Dude in a race, winning Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic, after years of breezing him in the mornings:
Martin will finally get paid for working him.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott on Royal Delta returning to the winner’s circle to a standing ovation after her victory in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga, with owner Benjamin Leon next to her, as Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith walked the mare in a circle and the crowd roared:
I heard them when she crossed the wire, and, obviously, I was standing out in front with Mr. Leon, and he was beside me, and as she was approaching, everybody was applauding, and I said, ‘Listen to this behind you.’ It made him feel good, too. I didn’t have to tell him, but I said, ‘It’s nice, people still appreciate seeing a good horse.’ To see the consistency; they’re just very gallant animals, particularly one like her.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas on the Eclipse Award for champion 3-year-old:
I think if you're one of the voting group, you're going to have trouble until we get a little further down the basepath. It's going to have to be sorted out in a race or two more. Maybe it will get all the way down to the Breeders' Cup. The fight's not over.
Aaron Ditch, winner of the Saratoga 150 Contest for a $15,000 win bet on the Travers, on being a part of the event: (Watertown Daily Times):
I tried to take advantage of the fact that I was a celebrity for a day. You don’t get that opportunity a lot.
Trainer David Jacobson on this Friday’s showdown between his popular New York-bred gelding Saginaw and Caixa Eletronica:
We are in Saratoga. It is the best of the best, and that's what Saratoga is all about.