The Notebook February 07, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Ramon Dominguez, quoted by David Grening in Daily Racing Form, on the public’s reaction to the fractured skull he suffered three weeks ago in a spill at Aqueduct:

    There have been quite a few racing fans and people I have never met making donations to the [Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund] in my name. That’s something that really means a lot to me.

  • Mike McCarthy, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher, commenting on Revolutionary’s trouble-filled victory in last Saturday’s Withers Stakes at Aqueduct:

    That may have been one of the worst winning trips I’ve ever seen.

  • Bob Baffert speaking to the media after watching his three-year-old trainee Flashback win last Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita:

    I'm not going to jinx this horse by singing his praises. I'll leave that up to you guys. He'll be going up against better horses in March and April in races that count. We're still in the preseason.

  • Former MLB manager Joe Torre, part-owner of Game On Dude, on his thoughts while sitting at Santa Anita with his trainer and watching Game on Dude win last Sunday’s San Antonio Stakes:

    I sit next to Baffert whenever I can, and when he told me at the top of the stretch that he’s got plenty left, I sort of relaxed a little bit.

  • Sportscaster Dick Enberg, while accepting the Bluegrass Sports Commission's Tom Hammond Award for Lifetime Achievement, on why he recommended that NBC use Tom Hammond, and not himself, as the lead announcer at the Kentucky Derby:

    I knew enough about horse racing to put a show bet on Secretariat.

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Congratulations to photographer Jeffrey Doyle, winner of this week's Fan Photo contest!

From Jeffrey: "There was an open house at Northview Stallions in Pennsylvania where I took this photo of Smarty Jones." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to photos@NTRA.com.

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