The Notebook April 10, 2014

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Heyman Talent model and Columbus, Ind. native Jade Brownfield's, who has been on the cover of Her Scene twice and has attended the Derby three times time while working for Maxim, when asked what her impression of the city's global moment was? (Courier-Journal):

    There's definitely nothing else like it. The horses are beautiful and I watch the race, but the people-watching is amazing, too. All of the feathers and hats and dresses; it's beautiful. And I love that everyone is determined to have a good time. Even if it's raining.

  • Trainer Katerina Vassilieva, who is sending Big Bazinga to Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, when asked about his personality:

    He's got a lot of personality. He's quite a ham. With a horse like Bazinga you'd expect him to have that sort of a personality, wouldn’t you? He loves people, he loves training, and he loves the attention he's getting at the Blue Grass right now.

  • On April 5 in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, Rosalind and Room Service finished in a dead heat for first place, prompting Rosalind's trainer Kenny McPeek to comment:

    “I thought we had won it. That’s the third dead heat I’ve had in stakes and I don’t think I’ve had three other dead heats in my life.

  • Chicago Blackhawks legend Eddie Olczyk after Hawthorne Race Course gave five fans the opportunity to win ownership of an actual racehorse with the former hockey player, courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks, Xpressbet and Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.:

    There are two things I love in life and those are hockey and horse racing. To get these great partners together - the Blackhawks, Hawthorne, Xpressbet and Midwest Thoroughbreds - has really been a team effort. All of the partners and I want to grow interest in horse racing, and there's no way better than to do it through ownership of a horse.

  • Winning trainer Art Sherman after his 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopeful California Chrome won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby by more than 5 lengths on April 5 at Santa Anita Park:

    If all goes well, we’ll ship to Kentucky probably a week before the Derby [May 3]. I loved it when Trevor [Denman, track announcer] said, ‘They’d need to sprout wings’ to beat him. I love that saying.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to Mike Sekulic, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Mike: "California Chrome, trained by Art Sherman and ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to Photos@NTRA.com!

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