Here & There – February 26

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The second month of the year is just about in the books with March barreling down this weekend and with it plenty of excitement in the world of racing.

March means many things, the start of the jumps season, 2-year-olds in training sales picking up in earnest, more Kentucky Derby preps and of course the four-day Cheltenham Festival.

We’re ready for all of those events and more, just like many others from the world of racing.

Before we close the book on February we’ve got one more Here & There, packed with quotes, numbers and a good tweet of the week about the latest award for TIHR’s own Joe Clancy.


Worth Repeating

“You’re testing me a little bit. Parlez is no spring chicken. I’m not sure I can remember her dam, too.” – Breeder Bob Manfuso, to a question about International Star’s dam Parlez (born in 1999) and her dam Speak Halory (born in 1989)

“That first day, with all that went wrong in the gate, if he could have run second, third or fourth I think Graham (Motion) would have been ticked to death.” – Jockey Rajiv Maragh, on the first time he rode Main Sequence (a Grade 1 win at Monmouth Park last summer)

“If I wore clothes like that walking around, I’d freeze to death. You’re warmer on a horse.” – Maragh, on riding at frigid Laurel Feb. 16

“The best 3-year-old in the barn is walking at the moment.” – Trainer, lamenting some bad luck

“I don’t know who was more tired, the old boy or the young girl.” – GBI commentator as Palypso De Creek won a hunters’ chase at Leicester

“No points for style but he did get from one side to the other.” – Racecaller as Woodview Prince clambered over the last to win a hunter chase at Leicester Tuesday

“I don’t know how tough it was. I didn’t even look at a paper to see who she was running against, but I don’t care, that was a $3 million race I heard. I don’t care where it is, there’s no $3 million race that is easy.” – Rodolfo Garcia, former trainer of Florida-bred graded stakes winner Parranda, who won the $2.25 million Singapore Cup last weekend

“Found a copy of Best of the Saratoga Special at a used book store. I rescued it and LOVE it!” – Joyce Patci

“It wasn’t on the last-chance cart. It was still on the shelf.” – Patci, after the co-author voiced concern about being on the discount rack 

“Oh wow, fantastic find.” – Jim Mulvihill, after Sean Clancy found a 10-year-old column about Mulvihill going for an interview at Rice University (we’re glad he didn’t get the job)

“I thought you’d be in Florida.” – Connie Bush, photographer for The Saratoga Special and volunteer at Old Friends, to Tom Law during last weekend’s Saratoga Beer Summit. Tom was “volunteering as a pourer” during the event

“She had a Curlin filly, who looks just like her – a little bay with a great attitude and demeanor. She foaled and was staring at the wall with this look of shock like, ‘What just happened?’ Then she stood up and went over to the foal and started being a mother.” – Sagamore Farm’s Tom Mullikin, on Walkwithapurpose’s first foal

“I can see gray hairs popping in.” – Mullikin, on what it feels like to see a third generation of homebreds in his tenure

“Where are the jumps?” – Racing fan Ryan Clancy, during the first half of Saturday’s The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Conversation between Tom Law and Elizabeth Collins
I need to get one of those daily pill divider things for my new vitamins.
Elizabeth: Can we try not to be 70 right now?

“Twenty dollars has changed my life.” – Anita Motion, on life in her (chilly) office with an electric blanket

“With grass horses, I’ve seen a whole bunch of them, when they get more mature they really show who they are. Look at that horse for Graham Motion. He’s 6 years old. I look at his campaign back in England, it was OK, but he wasn’t the monster he is right now.” – Garcia on Main Sequence


Take A Number

4: Years between graded stakes wins for trainer Robin Graham after Lady Sabelia won the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Feb. 14. Before that, it had been six years between Jacks In The Deck (2011) and Dixie Talking (2005).

:53.60, 1:43.99: Opening half-mile and mile fractions in Saturday’s The Very One Stakes (a 1 3/8-mile race) at Gulfstream Park.

:50.79, 1:38.99: Opening half-mile and mile fractions in last summer’s A.P. Smithwick Memorial steeplechase stakes (a 2 1/16-mile race) at Saratoga according to Trakus.


Names of the Week

Heliodoro: The 3-year-old colt, trained by Nick Zito for Mossarosa, carries the first name of a famous jockey. Email [email protected] with the jockey’s last name and his most famous mount and win a prize.

What A Party: Bridle Path Racing’s mare is by Congrats out of Christmas Lights.


Tweet of the Week (Joe’s Monthly Award Edition)

Peter T. Fornatale (@loomsboldly): “@MdEquines @joeclancy65 underappreciated all these years and suddenly he’s Meryl Streep ;)”

Read more about Joe’s latest honor.