The Notebook February 13, 2014

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Chad Salmela, NBC Sports announcer, calling the men’s skiathalon final at the Sochi 2014 Olympics:

    It's a horse race through the lane!

  • Adrien Beltre, slugging third baseman for the Texas Rangers, who was accompanied by his family in the winner’s circle to present the Wishing Well trophy to winning trainer John Sadler at Santa Anita Park this Sunday:

    I live near here. My wife has liked horses for a long time, and I like horses, too. We’re looking into maybe owning a horse and trying to be more involved in the community. I’m thinking about retiring in the next few years and then maybe I can spend more time out here with the horses.

  • Trainer Buff Bradley expressing his feelings as he sends his two-time champion Groupie Doll from the racetrack to begin her new career as a broodmare:

    I’m sad, but, at the same time, I feel blessed that I’ve had her all this time and even having her after the sale. I’ve already said goodbye to her like three times, so I’m kind of getting used to it. It’s not like she’s gone forever. I’ll get to see her whenever I want to.

  • Commenting on her accomplishment in the trainers’ lounge after the race through tears, leading female trainer by wins Kim Hammond notched her 2,000th career victory Saturday when she saddled Big Smooth in the fourth race at Turfway Park (Paulick Report):

    I just wish my mom was here today. I lost my mom, Imogene, two years ago. She was a big fan. When you’re close to your parents, you want them to be there with you.”

  • Winning trainer Marcus Vitali after winning his first Grade 1 race in the Gulfstream Park Turf with Lochte at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9:

    It’s like they say in football after you win the Super Bowl, 'I want to go to Disneyland.'

  • Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas commenting after his Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge, who went off as the favorite, came in second in his first start since 2013 in the Donn Handicap on Feb. 9:

    That’s just horse racing. They had to set a new track record to beat us, so that’s all you need to know. Kudos to the winner.

  • Owner and now trainer Carlo Vaccarezza after saddling his first winner, Little Alexis, in a $40,000 maiden race at Gulfstream Park (TDN):

    When I saw the overnight [entries for this race and found out I was racing against Todd Pletcher, Kiaran McLaughlin and Chad Brown] and all these big fillies, I said, 'God, I can’t believe I can’t get a break.'

  • Bob Baffert addressing the media about the costly pace duel between his horse Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows in the San Antionio Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The speed duel resulted in both horses tiring early; Game On Dude finished fifth as the 3-to-10 favorite and Blueskisnrainbows in sixth as the 7-to-2 second betting choice:

    That’s what happens when you give riders the same instructions.

  • Winning jockey Gary Stevens speaking about his ride aboard Candy Boy, a 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopeful who won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 8:

    He’s the number one draft choice for me. That was quite a performance he just put on against some pretty nice 3-year-olds.

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From Juanita: "Me and Blame at Claiborne Farm! Blame won the Breeder's Cup Classic against the beautiful and [previously] unbeaten Zenyatta." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and caption to Photos@NTRA.com

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