Here & There from Breeders’ Cup and Beyond

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Mucho Macho Man finally got his big one. Wise Dan did what was Wise does. Mike Smith banked three, Gary Stevens banked two, including the Distaff with Beholder and the Classic with Mucho Macho Man. This is your Here and There from the Breeders’ Cup, Montpelier, Callaway Gardens and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.


“Oh, that’s close.” – Racing Manager Finn Green, after seeing replay of the photo finish in the Classic

“Call it.” – Tim Ritvo, husband of Kathy Ritvo, moments after the photo finish in the Classic

“I learned what I needed to learn.” – Jockey Gary Stevens, about riding Mucho Macho Man for the first time in the Awesome Again

“One more stride.” – Trainer Wayne Lukas, after Will Take Charge missed winning the Classic by a fast-closing nose

“He was that tall as a yearling.” – Trainer Gary Mandella, about Mile third Silentio

“Taxi.” – Fan walking past a ground-tied lead pony in the paddock

“He had me nervous the first part.” – Trainer Charlie LoPresti, after Wise Dan rallied from well back in the Mile

“I just feel bad for Johnny.” – LoPresti, after John Velazquez was injured and missed the ride on Wise Dan

“If anybody thought this horse lost a step, then this is for them, OK?” – LoPresti after Wise Dan won another Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“If Game On Dude takes a dive in the next race, then maybe.” – Owner Morton Fink on whether his Wise Dan has a shot at Horse of the Year.

“Like a beast.” – Jockey Robby Albarado, when asked what Wise Dan looked like going past him in the Mile

“He trained like a monster.” – HRRN’s Jude Feld, about Sprint winner Secret Circle

“He broke my heart.” – Jockey, after an owner berated him after losing a Breeders’ Cup race

“I’ve lost before.” – Trainer Mike Hushion, after second-choice Artemis Agrotera finished fifth in the Juvenile Fillies

“I’m at a loss for words.” – Jockey Mike Smith, after Royal Delta finished fourth in the Distaff

“She didn’t get outrun. She didn’t run.” – Smith, about Royal Delta

“Zenyatta did … they know.” –  Smith, after riding Mizdirection, when asked if horses know where the finish line is.

“The X Man is about to pass the white glove inspection.” –  NBC Sports Network’s Laffit Pincay III about Dance to Bristol’s jockey Xavier Perez and his signature gloves.

“The only problem I have with the business is it’s a business.” – Jim Rome, co-owner of Mizdirection

“Patrick Biancone will appreciate that, I just skipped Diamond Bachelor.” – Pincay, while discussing the Juvenile entrants in the post parade.

“Our Breeders’ Cup.” – Caption with a photo of Montpelier winner Prime Prospector (and a Breeders’ Cup jacket) sent by trainer Todd Wyatt Saturday

“I wasn’t nervous. I knew Bruce would get nervous for me.” – Owner Barbara Noell about watching Foyle win the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup with trainer Bruce Fenwick

“He gives me a real good feel, like a good chaser at home. He can tank you into a fence and get you out of trouble. I’d ride him down to any jump.” – Jump jockey Kieran Norris, an Irishman, about Foyle

“Are you asking questions about today, or yesterday?” – Jump jockey Willie McCarthy, comparing Sunday at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup (where he hit the ground on all three rides) to Saturday (where he had two winners)

“He could train himself now I think. He goes out, he gallops up the hill, schools once in a blue moon – there’s nothing to be gotten out of doing it – he knows how to jump. He just tries to entertain himself every day.” – Trainer Cyril Murphy about veteran steeplechaser Decoy Daddy, who won his third Noel Laing Stakes in four years (he was second in the other) Saturday at Montpelier


By the Numbers

2: Foals out of recent timber stakes winner Crossing Again. During a four-year break from the races, the 11-year-old daughter of Valley Crossing produced Katherine My Great (by Digamist) in 2008 and Brooklawn Double (by Two Punch) in 2009. She’s back to racing now and won the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup timber stakes Oct. 12.