The Notebook February 27, 2014

From The Grandstand

Voices From The Grandstand

  • 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):

    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.

  • 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 (

    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.

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to Cody Jo Wasia, winner of this week's Fan Photo contest!

From Cody Jo: "A portrait of Quick Call, who celebrates his 30th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 27." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and caption to for consideration!

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