The Notebook August 29, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Joe Torre, co-owner of Game On Dude, on witnessing the Pacific Classic in person at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club:

    I can't tell you how exciting it was to watch. The stretch run, that was goose-bump stuff there.

  • 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.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Tony Infante on winning this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Tony: "I live in Tampa, Fla., but was at Saratoga this past weekend for the big races. I shot this picture of Princess of Sylmar as she ran by our seats." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief cation to photos@ntra.com

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