The Notebook March 06, 2014

Voices From The Grandstand

  • Actor Joe Pesci in the upcoming movie “Behind the Gate”:

    I can only imagine what it would be like to have a horse running in the Kentucky Derby, God, you’d have to take a Valium.

  • Trainer Kathy Ritvo commenting on her 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man after his final workout on Sunday as he prepares for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday:

    He loves taking a bath. He’ll take one for an hour if he could.

  • Trainer Mark Casse describing his first comments to owner Ernie Semersky after watching a Birdstone colt, now named Conquest Titan, work at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training before purchasing him. Conquest Titan will run in the Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday on the Kentucky Derby trail:

    I can tell you this, and to this day, Ernie will show you the text that I sent him, I texted Ernie: ‘I’ve seen a star.’

  • Trainer Rick Violette talking about Samraat, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 1. Samraat will spend the next four weeks at Palm Meadows Training Center preparing for his final engagement prior to the Kentucky Derby, the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes on April 5 at the Big A:

    Going to Florida this time is a different function than it was last time going down there. It's more for him to get some sun, graze a little bit ... they spend 75-percent of their energy keeping warm, no matter how many heat lamps or blankets you have. We're not going to have to do any of that. We'll have a fan.

  • Jockey Mike Smith after winning the Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita aboard 3-year-old filly Awesome Baby on a rainy afternoon:

    I love riding in this stuff; I come from back east. It’s the tracks that are drying out that no one really likes but these wet-fast tracks, they’re great to ride on.

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From Mary: "Shug McGaughey-trained Derby hopeful Top Billing at Payson Park in the fog Wednesday morning." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and caption to Photos@NTRA.com for consideration!

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