I’m thinking probably, in a perfect world we would do the same sort of schedule [as last year] and then when we got to Saratoga maybe we make a little bit different change. Who knows? Maybe we get to Saratoga this year and he trains really well on dirt. I wanted to try him on dirt there last year.
The Notebook February 27, 2014
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Trainer Charlie LoPresti on plans for two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who returned to serious training this week (The Blood-Horse):
Jockey Corey Lanerie on winning the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, as elected by his fellow riders (Daily Racing Form):
I’m happy to realize people seem to like you for who you are. It’s a great feeling. This is the third time I was nominated, so I guess third time is a charm.
Jockey Willie Shoemaker, one of the all-time great riders, as tweeted by @Sports_Greats:
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Trainer Shug McGaughey commenting on Top Billing’s third-place finish in the Fountain of Youth Stakes:
I’m never happy when we don’t win, but I wasn’t disappointed in his effort.
Bill Gross, co-founder of Pimco (the world’s largest bond firm) and the man largely responsible for overseeing almost $2 trillion in assets, comparing himself to one of the greatest Thoroughbreds ever as tension was building between he and Mohamed El-Erian, the firm’s former chief executive (Wall Street Journal):
If only Mohamed would let me, I could run all the $2 trillion myself … I’m Secretariat. Why would you bet on anyone other than Secretariat?
Turf Paradise Track Announcer Michael Chamberlain on events he has had to call as part of his job (JasonBeem.com):
Weiner dog races, camel races, ostrich races, pie-eating contests. I even had to call the Hooters Girl Olympics they held at Sam Houston once. On a sloppy track, no less.
Jim Tremper, farm manager at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program in Wallkill, N.Y., on Saratoga-loving multiple graded stakes winner Quick Call, who turned 30 this week and understands his role as the farm’s elder statesman:
If he doesn’t like the way you are treating him, he’ll let you know right away. He commands respect, but he is kind and easy enough to handle; we use him to teach and he won’t run off or anything like that.