The Notebook September 05, 2013

From The Grandstand

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Rasheeb Pinnock, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, on why he and his twin brother were hired to work for trainer Steve Asmussen by assistant Scott Blasi (Albany Times-Union):

    He liked the vibe and stuff. We have good spirit around the horses. That's what the horses need, good vibes and happiness, you know.

  • Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, also known as “The Giant Killer,” on beating Secretariat twice in 1973, with Onion and Prove Out (The Blood-Horse):

    The way I figure it, great horses don’t win all their races while at the top of their game. It’s physically and mentally impossible to keep them at that peak. But they’re good enough to win a lot of races when they’re only 80 percent. If you can catch them at that time with a horse who’s 110 percent, you have a shot to beat them.

  • Owner and breeder Ran Leonard on the prospect of selling a homebred yearling filly out of Sue’s Good News at the Keeneland September Sale with his grandmother (and matriarch of CresRan Racing) in attendance (Thoroughbred Daily News):

    I’ve made the request that maybe she shouldn’t be on the sales grounds when the horse is actually being sold. I’m not worried that she is going to start bidding, but what I’m worried about is that, if the horse sells, I’m going to get hit over the head with her purse.

  • Trainer Mike Stidham on Willcox Inn’s possible next start in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland:

    We’re hoping that Wise Dan doesn’t come back this year.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone on Oak Tree Juvenile Turf winner Diamond Bachelor:

    This horse can win the Derby. He is one of the best at [his] age I’ve ever trained. [That said], it’s a long way from the cup to the lips.

  • Saratoga track announcer Tom Durkin on calling a rare double dead heat (a dead heat for both first and third) in Monday’s fifth race:

    It was fun that I knew the result before the crowd did. Before I could give the result I said, 'You just saw something incredible.' That's what they call in the broadcasting business a tease!

  • Trainer Jeff Mullins after Gabriel Charles won the first division of the Del Mar Derby:

    I wore this tie so that if we didn’t win I could hang myself.

  • Trainer Mike Mitchell after Egg Drop was declared the official winner of the Yellow Ribbon following a stewards’ inquiry at Del Mar:

    If they would have taken us down it would have broken my heart. From the time I’ve had her, I’ve been trying to win a stakes with her.

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