Here & There: April 15

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Taxes done? Put away your snow shovel? Got a Derby banker? Here’s your Here & There for April 15.

Happy Birthday: Lisa Lewis and Mary Eppler.

Goodbye: Breeders’ Cup champion and champion producer My Flag died from foaling complications. She produced a healthy colt by Bernardini. My Flag was buried at Claiborne Farm.

Tomorrow’s Star: Kingman stamped himself as a star in the making by winning the Greenham at Newbury. How good? Frankel’s name was mentioned.


Worth Repeating

“Who in the hell wrote this? Oh, it was you.” – Racing commissioner Duncan Patterson’s first reaction to Joe Clancy’s TIHR column on racing reform (he liked it)

“AP McCoy upsides schooling with John Francome.” – Trainer Oliver Sherwood, on Racing UK, highlighting Open Day at Lambourne, scheduled Good Friday

“And he could barely read at the end of first grade.” – Ruth Clancy, mother of Sean Clancy, after winning the David F. Woods Award for the best Preakness story (thanks, Mom!)

“…to ironic applause.” – Announcer at Ayr as Battle Group, who dwelt at the start in the Grand National and the Scottish Grand National, when pulled up in the latter

“He’s back.” – Keeneland announcer Kurt Becker as two-time champ Wise Dan returned to win the Maker’s Mark Mile Friday

“Maaaaan, that’s frustrating.” – Trainer George Baker, to the text, ‘Maaaaan’s that close’ when Joey’s Destiny got beat in a photo at Windsor Monday

“My favorite thing is the cavalry and I love to study about it, their methods and what not. It’s the ultimate use for a horse. They have regimented ways of taking care of them and there’s no nonsense about it.” – Carolyn “Molly” Vogel, owner of Grade 1 winner Lochte, explaining her other interests in horses

“It’s probably colder up there on the second floor inside than it is outside.” – NYRA security guard, thankful he’s not patrolling the inside of the Saratoga grandstand and clubhouse and instead the Union Avenue gate at the Oklahoma Tuesday morning

“Just think, only six months and 29 days to go.” – Joe Williams, joking to fellow clockers Bob Hamlin and Dave Lynett as the first horse hit the track at Saratoga Tuesday

“How’s your thumb?” – Williams to Hamlin

“Calloused.” – Hamlin

“I was down at Palm Meadows and they put me to work. … He asked how long I was going to be there, went to the car and came back with two stopwatches.” – Lynett on how he spent some of his vacation this winter in South Florida

“That little horse has got a shot up there. He’s a gamer.” – Al Pike, who sold Vicar’s In Trouble at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale, on the colt’s chances in the Kentucky Derby

“Every now and then people say, ‘you do really good in Canada, why don’t you come out of there?’ I just say, ‘why don’t you come to Canada?’ ” – Mark Casse, who recently won his fifth Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding trainer

“I had to give him a break, he was getting tired.” – Trainer Doug Fout, who rode his pony for the first and planned to ride him for the last two at Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Sunday

“Time to go watch the Masters.” – Trainer Todd Wyatt, halfway through the day at Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point

“I’ve been to one bar in the last three months.” – Trainer, about his drinking habits

“Yeah, the same one every day for three months.”  Jockey, in response

“Pick a trainer you like because you’ll have a lot of losers and you have to have a good relationship with your trainer to put up with all the losing.” – Owner Robert Meyerhoff, with advice for new owners

“They should make WWDD? (What Would Dickie Do?) bracelets and put them around the racetrack. – Owner/breeder Becky Davis, on the model set by trainer Dickie Small, who died April 4

“He used to introduce me to people as the guy who got him through Gilman School. The people always asked if I let Dickie cheat off me and Dickie would say, ‘Oh no, they were going to throw one of us out and they got to him first.” – Maryland Jockey Club Vice President Ted Mudge about Small

“I was like ‘Holy —-, I just met Ellsworth Kelly.’ I studied Ellsworth Kelly in school.” – Exercise rider (and aspiring artist) Gregg Morris, on meeting owner Robert Meyerhoff’s guest in the paddock before Broad Brush ran in the 1987 Whitney at Saratoga


By the Numbers

26: Wins by Stand Guard. The 10-year-old finished second at Southwell, in in his 74th career start April 15.

21: Active or retired female jockeys on hand for Sunday’s Ladies of the Turf event at Keeneland

1: 2013 NYRA calendar still on the back wall inside Oklahoma clocker’s stand. (We’re bringing a new ST 2014 model Wednesday)


We Said It.

In our weekly feature, the Saturday Special, we offered…Good So Far, a 90,000-pound purchase at Tattersalls December, makes American debut for Christophe Clement. The Juddmonte-bred daughter of Empire Maker won once in six starts in France. She should love America. She won and paid $8.20.