Bits and pieces from around racing . . .
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4: Races won at the Charleston Trials Sunday by trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The Hall of Famer swept the card at the inaugural event, which kicked off the National Steeplechase Association season. Brilliant Cat and Bluegrass Summer won on the flat while Tuxedo Park and Inauguration won over jumps.
1: Reportedly lopsided victory by youngster Gus Dahl in the Jockeys Dash foot race at Charleston. Old pro Bernie Dalton is still claiming foul, however.
275.80: Payoff for the All-Wayne-Lukas exacta in Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes Saturday. Will Take Charge paid $58 win and combined with stablemate Oxbow on the rich $2 exacta ticket in the Kentucky Derby prep.
NAMES OF THE WEEK
Sue, Sophia, Aurelia: The ladies finished 1-2-3 in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park as Tiz Miz Sue caught Don’t Tell Sophia, who had put away My Miss Aurelia.
Trainer Janet Elliot, a Catholic: “Well, we’re getting a new pope.”
Stable staffer, probably not a Catholic: “Is he coming here or going to the farm?”
“Some people say they don’t appreciate or understand their first winner. I sure as hell did.”
– Ruby Walsh, on Racing UK, about winning his first race at Cheltenham
“It’s just an Old McDonald farm.”
– Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Henrietta Knight, about her farm that includes horses, ducks, swans and other assorted livestock
“He’s a lamb for seven days after you acupuncture him so guess what he’s going to get every seven days?
– Owner/trainer Bruce Fenwick, on how to treat a steeplechase horse
“If a guy offers you a used manure spreader for $500, you don’t get underneath it to see what’s wrong. You hook your tow bar up to it and get it out of there.”
– Fenwick, on not vetting cheap horses before he buys them
“Bruce and I were just fascinated and wanted to be there all the time. Dad would say ‘You can’t make a living just riding horses. You need to get a job.’ “
– Charlie Fenwick Jr., on the mid-1960s atmosphere at his uncle Bobby’s farm, home to Tommy Smith, Kathy Kusner and other timber riders
“With an umbrella, straw hat, three dogs, in a car with a flat tire.”
– Thisishorseracing’s Joe Clancy when his brother, Sean, told him he had a client going to Fair Hill to look at a potential jumper
“We think of him often and wondered how he was doing. So happy he has a good life and home.”
– Trainer Danny Peitz, when hearing Steppenwolfer, third in the 2006 Kentucky Derby, hunts regularly with Cheshire Foxhounds in Pennsylvania
“I’ll hurry up in a minute.”
– Miles Clancy, 4, when asked to hurry up
“I told him, ‘You’re going to wind up owing me money for doing this job.’ “
– Shipping scion Andy Simoff, after providing losing tips for Gulfstream Park to his contractor
“Thisishorseracing.com is amazing. I love the name.”
– Racing’s Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, about being inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame
“The National Women’s Hall of Fame. There are only five athletes and the rest are very important people. People who did real things in the world rather than just ride racehorses.”
– Krone, on being inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame
“It’s even impressive in the dark.”
– Trainer Alan King, driving through the Manton Estate in the dark
– Trainer Nicky Henderson, after Sprinter Sacre dominated the Queen Mother at Cheltenham
“I’m going to be very happy to get on him.”
– Jump jockey Robbie Walsh, who missed the Colonial Cup while injured last year, on reuniting with stakes star Demonstrative
“We were at the races one day and somebody asked ‘So how much is him being a gelding costing you?’ Oh, an undefeated 2-year-old champion? Only about $20-30 million. Would it have been nice to have Declan babies running? Sure, but who knows, he might not have been a racehorse if he weren’t a gelding. You usually don’t ruin too many of them by cutting them.”
– Owner Samantha Siegel, on Declan’s Moon
“It’s the horse business. You’re never off; it’s 24 hours a day but it’s what you do.”
– Fasig-Tipton’s Boyd Browning
“I didn’t know sheep from cheery seeds.”
– Fasig-Tipton’s Steve Dance, on his first job organizing the yearlings on their way to the old cow palace ring at Timonium
NOW THAT’S A HORSE RACE
In the spirit of the Cheltenham Festival, we unearthed some gems from English jump racing on YouTube last week. A few favorites:
American Soothsayer finishes second to Ten Up in the 1975 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Talk about tired horses. Ground must have been very deep.
American Tingle Creek (a.k.a. Tearaway) wiring them at Sandown in 1977. Check out the leap at the last.