Here & There – April 10

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Big week in Thoroughbred racing. Here’s your Here and There, from Keeneland to Aqueduct, Camden to Monkton.

Worth Repeating

“We sent him to Payson and breezed him, he was a different horse. Every work from then on has been like that, every work has been unbelievable. I know I’ve been around some pretty special horses around here, but as fast as this horse has come around has been unbelievable, from the time he won at Aqueduct to now and actually from the Fountain of Youth to the Florida Derby, he’s matured more and more.”
– Exercise rider Jen Patterson on Florida Derby winner Orb

“If there hadn’t been that little conflict, Rosario would have ridden him. And if there’s a conflict with Johnny, he’ll be the first guy I go to.”
– Shug McGaughey, on the decisions of jockeys John Velazquez and Joel Rosario

“Which one?”
– Ron Anderson, agent for jockey Joel Rosario, when asked about his Derby horse

“I said, it isn’t going to be fair to me, the horse or the other horses if he went over there and acted crazy.”
– McGaughey, on skipping the Derby with the enigmatic Coronado’s Quest

“It was like a wedding reception, you knew everybody.”
– John Panagot, about going to dinner at Dudley’s after the Keeneland sale

“I still gallop all my own. That’s my advantage. I’m a little guy trainer and after I blew her out myself I decided where to go. When you breeze them yourself you know where you’re at.”
– David Nunn, trainer of Ruffian Handicap winner Withgreatpleasure 

“I think a horse runs a winning race every time, we just put them in the wrong spots.”
– Kentucky-based trainer John Langemeier

“If I was 15 years younger…”
– Sanna Hendriks, on a potential Maryland Hunt cup runner

“More than I can count. Once you get him galloping, he’s all business, but to and from the track…”
– Trainer Janet Elliot, when asked how many times Carolina Cup winner Alajmal has dropped an exercise rider in the morning

– Trainer Chad Brown, after buying a horse at the Keeneland 2-year-old sale

“He was always a big-hearted, aggressive hard-trying horse. I think having him understand he’s got to go a couple of miles just does a lot to settle him down.”
– Ferris Allen, who trained steeplechase stakes winner Sunshine Numbers on the flat

“That’s how hard I was kicking, or maybe how confident I was.”
– Jockey Ross Geraghty, who lost an iron on eventual winner Alajmal coming to the last fence of the Carolina Cup

“We’ll get him a cake.”
– Tom Voss, when hearing Miles Clancy, 4, was going to a birthday party instead of Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point

“Don’t say ‘Oh my God.’ I’m not that old.’ “
– Trainer Linda Gaudet, to reporter who was amazed that she had been at Bowie since the early 1970s

“We’re still important. We’re not just the Preakness.”
– Gaudet, about Maryland Racing

“See you at Saratoga.”
– Trainer Charlie LoPresti, when seeing a Saratoga Special reporter at Keeneland

“Just add a little water to the soup.”
– Richard Hoffberger, about what to do in hard times

“Tell Mike you want this one as a jumper.”
– Assistant trainer Hilary Pridham when standing next to the Mike Stidham trained stakes winner Wilcox Inn

“I have enough problems texting.”
– Owner/trainer Kate Dalton, when told to get on Twitter

“You’re so old you remember Seabiscuit as a 2-year-old.”
Dan Haney, to TIHR’s Sean Clancy, who turned 43 Tuesday

“Neil told me he saw you today, I told him it was your birthday and he said, ‘Wow, you must know everything!’ Happy Birthday.”
– Sue Howard, wife of trainer Neil Howard


Take A Number

7: Tweets received by Joe Clancy about Dogwood Classic training flat winner Mr. Hot Stuff when the race hit Equibase as a workout. For the millionth (OK, eighth) time, training flat races at steeplechase meets carry no purse, don’t count on a horse’s record and are charted as workouts by Equibase and the Daily Racing Form. Yes, it does pay to recognize these “workouts as races” when you’re handicapping – but not always. As for Mr. Hot Stuff, he won the 1 1/2-mile race by 2 1/2 lengths in a prep for a steeplechase stakes sometime soon.