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The Notebook September 11, 2013
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Jenna Day, introducing herself in rehearsals at the preliminary competition of the 2014 Miss America Pageant (The Tribune):
Trainer Steve Margolis on Friday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs, when a pair of his horses, Air Squadron and Shake Up, finished first and second but were reversed in the official the order of finish by stewards’ disqualification:
I’ve been put up in races and I’ve been taken down, but I’ve never been put up in the same race in which I was taken down.
Keeneland Director of Maintenance Jimmy Young on how his crew moves 3,900 Thoroughbreds in the course of the two-week September yearling sale:
Everyone tells us they don’t know how we do it – it doesn’t work on paper. Well, we don’t work on paper. We don’t do paperwork.
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has conditioned the likes of Giant’s Causeway and Rock of Gibraltar, on regally bred Australia (by European champion Galileo out of two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Ouija Board), winner of Saturday’s ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown:
We always thought he was the best horse we've ever had.
Trainer Buff Bradley on watching Groupie Doll battle with Purely Hot in Monday’s Grade II Presque Isle Downs Masters while setting a new track record (Daily Racing Form):
I was calling the race for my dad because he didn’t have a very good viewpoint. I said, ‘Well it looks like we’re going to be second.’ Then, toward the end, I’m like, ‘Nope, sorry Dad, she’s going to win!’ It was great.
Trainer Ian Wilkes on the misfortunes of 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, who has had an unlucky 2013 with bad trips and minor ailments, like the muscle strain he recently returned from:
It’s just been one of those years. If we could start over again – you know, get a ‘re-do,’ we’d be fine. Boy, it’s been a bumpy road.
Trainer Ken McPeek on Breeders’ Cup Distaff hopeful Flashy American, who ran in five claiming races in 2012 before notching three stakes wins this year, including Saturday’s $100,000 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs:
She just keeps getting better and better. Thank goodness they didn’t claim her off me.
British Vogue’s Alexa Chung (The Guardian):
Horses were my first love.