The Notebook March 07, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Dennis O’Neill, assistant trainer of Goldencents, on what a Derby win could mean to him and his brother Doug this year considering that last year’s win by I’ll Have Another resulted in Doug purchasing a new hot tub for his son:

    Hopefully it gets bigger. Hopefully this time it’s a swimming pool.

  • Trainer Mark Casse on the undefeated Gulfstream shipper Verrazano who will be the Tampa Bay Derby favorite over the Casse-trained Dynamic Sky, a veteran of two good races over the Tampa Bay Downs main track:

    He’s going to be a tough horse. But I think that right now he’s coming to play at our house. We’ve already established our stuff there. He still has to do it.

  • Owner David Wilkenfeld after Vyjack won last Saturday’s Gotham Stakes:

    I'm enjoying every minute of this because nothing is taken for granted in this sport. Any day, anything can happen so I'm trying to be humble and enjoy it with family and friends.

  • Popular restaurateur—and recipient of four Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star following the Allied invasion of Normandy—Carmen Miceli on having a race named after him at Santa Anita next Sunday on his 90th birthday:

    I love hanging out with the people here and the competition. It keeps me young. I’ve had a great life and I can’t think of a better place to spend my 90th birthday than at Santa Anita.

  • Clint Hill, Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy, quoted by Heather Dunhill in Sarasota Magazine on Jacqueline’s love of horses:

    She loved to ride horses and shared that passion with John and Caroline. In Middleburg, she would ride her horse, holding John, while Caroline rode her pony, Macaroni, alongside them.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to Julie Smoack, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Julie: "Bluegrass Sunset taken outside of Lexington, Ky." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to photos@NTRA.com for consideration!

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