The Notebook October 30, 2013

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Breeders’ Cup Classic morning-line favorite Game On Dude:

    I just hope he runs like an 8-to-5 shot.

  • Baffert relaying a phone conversation he had with Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre, a part owner of Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude, who took the call during a meeting with the World Series umpires:

    The first thing he said to me was, ‘Is everything okay?’ And then to the umpires, ‘When you have a good horse and your trainer calls you got to answer the call.’

  • Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott updating media on two of his Breeders’ Cup Classic entries, Flat Out and Ron the Greek:

    Both horses seem to be going good, but I would guess maybe just in the sequence of the way things have gone, that maybe Flat Out is the one sitting on a big race.

  • Mott on Ron the Greek:

    Ron the Greek just ran a spectacular race the last time. I’ve said several times that I don’t think there was a horse in the country that was going to beat him in the Jockey Club Gold Cup the last time he ran. He ran as good as any horse could run and it was the fastest Gold Cup in 11 years. He just left them all for dead when they turned for home.

  • Mott on Flat Out:

    I think he’s sitting on a big race. He didn’t run his very best race in the Gold Cup, which means maybe he’ll come back. Horses don’t always seem to run their A-plus race back to back to back. If Cigar didn’t run his A-race he was still able to win, just running maybe his B race.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher on Breeders’ Cup Distaff hopeful Princess of Sylmar:

    She didn’t take any breaks. She ran in all the big dances and took on older mares when she had easier options for more money. [Owner] Ed [Stanco] has chosen the sporting route, just as we did going in the Beldame instead of the Cotillion. To me, it doesn’t make sense to sit out a race as prestigious as the Distaff just to try to protect yourself as champion 3-year-old filly.

  • Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella on 2012 Champion 2-year-old filly and Breeders’ Cup Distaff hopeful Beholder:

    She is always cooperative in the morning; she has a few little idiosyncrasies, but those are probably more my fault.

  • Mandella on the prospect of Beholder racing as a 4-year-old in 2014:

    You might break a thousand yearlings and not come up with one like her. We might be able to try some different things with her, too. I might want to try her on the grass. I think she’d like it. You have lots of options with a horse like her.

  • Owner Ronald Sanchez on Breeders’ Cup Distaff longshot Street Girl:

    Horses can’t read the tote board.

  • Baffert on Breeders’ Cup Sprint entrant Secret Circle being installed as the 4-to-1 co-second choice on the morning line by Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White:

    How about that Jon White making my horse one of the favorites for that race off just one start? He’s putting the pressure on. He likes to put the pressure on me.

  • Trainer William “Buff” Bradley on preparing morning line favorite Groupie Doll for her last start in his care in the Breeders’ Cup Fily and Mare Sprint:

    I am just going to enjoy this. She is doing so well. The only pressure I have is figuring out who I am going to have breakfast with.

  • Trainer Mike Mitchell on the Breeders’ Cup Mile’s probable pacesetter Obviously:

    There’s only one way for us to go. We know it and so does everyone else. Catch us if you can.

  • An anonymous rival trainer on fellow trainer Eric Guillot (New York Daily News)

    You want to know what he got on his SATs? Barbeque sauce.

  • Trainer Eric Guillot to Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas, regarding the unfounded accusation that Will Take Charge's jockey used an electrical device in the Travers Stakes:

    Mr. Lukas, I'd like to formally apologize on national TV. My emotions got the best of me. I looked it over; it was a bad video. But I'd do it all over again. I thought that's what the complaint department was for.

  • NHL Hall of Fame center Denis Savard, co-owner of Breeders’ cup Sprint hopeful Private Zone, on the text message he received from Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (Arlington Park):

    Savvy good luck with the fave.

  • Trainer Brendan Walsh, who took out his license in 2011 and has never saddled a horse in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race, on starting Worldly in Friday’s Breeders Cup Marathon (Lynne Snierson)

    I keep pinching myself to make sure this is real. When we were kids in Ireland, we’d watch the Breeders’ Cup on TV and think what it would be like to have a horse good enough to be there. I could only imagine that someday I could have a horse in one of these races. I’m very excited to have this happening so early in my career. Some people go their entire careers and never get this chance. I’ve had this dream for a long time and now it’s coming true. I am on cloud nine.

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