Here’s your Here and There for April 8. A little from Dogwood Classic, Stoneybrook, Saratoga, leftovers from Cheltenham and some other random notes, quips and quotes from the Internet and the hay net.
“He’s a good horse.” – Trainer Jack Fisher, after Schoodic improved his jump record to 3-for-3 with a win at Dogwood Classic
“If they were all like him…” – Jockey Richard Boucher, after winning the claimer aboard Class Bopper at Dogwood Classic
“Since when did Todd Wyatt win with a first-time starter?” – TIHR’s Joe Clancy, after Todd Wyatt sent out Hear The Word to win his hurdle debut Saturday
“That’s more like it.” – Racegoer to jockey Paddy Young after the four-time champ lost the first two at Colonial and won the third
“Head in his chest.” – Owner/trainer/observer Kate Dalton, when asked to describe For Non Stop’s win at Stoneybrook
“One of the more fun days of my life however. Beautiful afternoon with family, kids and solid friends in the countryside. These are the good old days.” – Amateur rider Will Phipps after falling from Lovesmelovesmenot at Branydwine Point-to-Point
“We’re standing in the ticket cashing line, how bad can it be?” – Racegoer when describing his day at Dogwood Classic
“Five years running for The Cat.” – Announcer Dave Rodman, describing Ben’s Cat win in the Mister Diz Stakes, his fifth in a row
“I have an old saying that you have to position yourself where luck can run over you.” – Trainer Mark Casse explaining his personal past success with offspring of Birdstone, including Arkansas Derby entrant Conquest Titan
“The main thing I learned from Jack was checking horse’s legs. Jack would work on a horse all day, sweating ’em, icing ’em, mainly just working on their legs and making them feel good. He’s probably the best leg man in the business. … And he’s as good as any vet there is, too.” – Billy Gowan, who trains Ride on Curlin, on his former boss and Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg
“He’s quite a ham…loves training, loves mints and loves all the attention he’s getting at the Blue Grass right now.” – Trainer Katerina Vassilieva on Big Bazinga
“I used to years ago, then I got too old.” – Mary Broman, when asked if she named the horses she campaigns with husband Chester
“You still have a lot of snow up here.” – Owner George Sensor, unfortunately stating the obvious for April 1 in the Northeast (most of it was gone by Tuesday)
“I’m glad that got cleared up because I’ve heard a lot of reasons why he’s named that.” – NYTB awards dinner emcee and retired jockey Richard Migliore, after Shirl Penney accepted champion 3-year-old male honors on behalf of Mike Repole for Notacatbutallama
“This award is really misnamed because I’m the only New York-bred that has ever won the award.” – Migliore on the NYTB’s recognition of New York-bred jockey of the year
“It’s just a hobby for him.” – Owner Clive Smith, when asked about former Gold Cup winner Kauto Star’s dressage career
“How is the going?” – Trainer George Baker, when a racegoer fell down walking into Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day
“How can you?” – Trainer Alan King, when told to enjoy his day at Cheltenham
“Balls of steal.” – Trainer Jim Culloty when asked to describe Davy Russell’s ride aboard Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere
“I wish he could have finished fourth, just for the horse, to walk in there one last time.” – Trainer Eddie Harty after 13-year-old Captain Cee Bee, winner of the 2008 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, finished fifth in this year’s Champion Hurdle
“Once she heard, ‘Taking my 79-year-old dad to England…,’ she caved.” – Sheila Clancy, explaining how she expedited her passport to take her dad to Cheltenham
“He will be the next Carrasco.” – Trainer Juan Vasquez to the Maryland Jockey Club, after 18-year-old jockey Israel Rodriguez won his first race at Laurel Park. Maryland-based Victor Carrasco earned an Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice last year
“This looked a decent bumper and while there were no obstacles, the runners did have to negotiate a few swans.” – The Racing Post’s comments from a March 15 bumper at Kempton
“He ran good. Not great.” – Trainer Shark Hanlon, understandably frustrated, when told Hidden Cyclone ran great to finish second at Cheltenham
“1998 called. It wants its computer back.” – Tom Law to TIHR’s Sean Clancy, who might not be that technically savvy
“The good news is, I was interested in a horse race.” – Paul Wasserman, former college roommate of Sean Clancy’s, when rehashing Valdez’s attempt to win the Arkle at Cheltenham
“I don’t know if baseball rules apply here – three strikes and you’re out – but that’s two.” – Fasig-Tipton’s Terence Collier as a 2-year-old failed to breeze for the second time at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida breeze show
“It’s foaling season, but I might try to sneak out.” – Owner Michael Parisi, owner of New York-bred 3-year-old filly finalist, when asked if he was going to go to the award’s dinner
“Neither did I. Neither did I.” – Miles Clancy, 5, when told “I didn’t know you knew how to surf,” while body-surfing off Delray Beach
“I understand. I just don’t care.” – Slogan on a T-shirt in Middleburg, Va.
“Too cool.” – Text sent by Chuck Lawrence in response to congratulations after winning a Keeneland maiden with My Afleet
“I have just broken the news to Nicky Henderson that Toast will not be joining his team for the 2015 Triumph Hurdle.” – Trainer Jamie Osborne, on Twitter, about UAE Derby winner Toast of New York, owned by Michael Buckley, who also owns jumpers with Henderson
Take A Number
3: Odds points lowered in one blink for Hear The Word at Dogwood Classic. The first-time starter went from 6-1 to 3-1.
1-2-3-4-5: Order of finishers for trainer Billy Meister in the Brandywine Point-to-Point novice timber race
14: Runners sent to Brandywine by Billy Meister
7: Pairs of shoes (human and equine) in the photo of Bruce Fenwick’s “office” in the March edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
14: Pictures and models of tractors in Fenwick’s office
19: Races won by Ben’s Cat between his first Mister Diz Stakes win and his fifth.
13: Races lost by Ben’s Cat beween his first Mister Diz Stakes win and his fifth.