Here & There – July 1

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And the calendar turns to July. Really? Wise Dan won, just. Royal Ascot is over, sadly. Saratoga looms, gulp. Here’s your Here & There for Monday, July 1. We checked in with Wesley Ward about Royal Ascot, watched the jumpers at Parx and hit the annual Maryland Horse Breeders’ yearling show.

Worth Repeating:

“Wise Dan galloping all over their backs.” – Announcer Mark Johnson, as Wise Dan turned for home in the Firecracker

“Thank you for recognizing that I’ve risen to that status.” – Fasig-Tipton’s Steve Dance, after being included in a “gentlemen” greeting at Sunday’s Maryland Horse Breeders Association yearling show

“There’s only one guy here old enough – oh, hey Bob – to remember racing on the radio.” – Yearling show judge Ken McPeek (calling out breeder Bob Manfuso) about racing in the media

“You think you’re going to win, you’re not going to win.” – Sagamore Farm’s and the Ukraine’s Ihor Ihnatenko, on not getting your hopes up at a yearling show

“I went from one horse to four horses pretty quickly.” – Shug McGaughey’s assistant Jenn Patterson, on the end of her working vacation at Fair Hill Training Center

“Every breeze was just awesome. In two jumps out of the gate, he was just waiting on the other horses, effortlessly, easily, with the boy sitting against him. I knew I had something special.” – Trainer Wesley Ward, when asked about Royal Ascot winner No Nay Never’s early preparation

“Surface. The surface has to be quick and fast, otherwise you have no chance.” – Trainer Wesley Ward, when asked about the key to success at Royal Ascot

“Best of luck, as if you needed it . . . and because it ain’t luck!” – Richard Witt, on the Special’s 13th season of daily publishing

“Brought a tear to the eye. I did not think I had any left to shed.” – Trainer George Baker, after reading a column about his Royal Ascot win on TIHR

“You’re closer to Parx.” – Owner/trainer Kate Dalton, based in Camden, when asked why she didn’t claim a prospect at Parx by a Virginia-based owner

“For some reason, he’s still riding for me. We have a thing going. We’ve always done well together. Knock on wood.” Trainer Eddie Graham, after veteran Jody Petty (who often threatens retirement) won on Dr. Skip at Parx

“I’m thinking of seeing about getting a job as Orb’s grazer when that guy needs a day off…peaceful. Reminded me of my days walking/grazing Odd Man.” – TIHR’s Joe Clancy, about going back to his roots of handling his father’s Odd Man. The son of Round Table won 16 races in 110 starts, flat and jump

“I am now.” – Chicago-based Matt O’Neil, when asked if he was a Blackhawks fan

“The horse or the people the problem?” – Bloodstock agent Matt Coleman, about a floundering horse deal

“You sound like Eeyore.” Jonathan Thomas, to a weary advertising rep

“It was like talking to Mick Jagger.” – Jonathan Thomas, about meeting Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket four years ago

“LONDON LANE patiently prompted the leader from the outside, ranged up to that one nearing the five-sixteenths pole, continued to bide time until three-sixteenths pole, battled hard as he chiseled away at the top one’s advantage, only to fall a nose shy at the wire, in a valiant effort nonetheless.” – Daily Racing Form’s chart of London Lane’s nose defeat to Big Blue Kitten at Belmont Park in 2011

“You should never let Karamanos be 50-1 on that grass course.” – Trainer Larry Murray, on London Lane and jockey Horacio Karamanos being dismissed at 50-1 for the Colonial Turf Cup

“Karamanos rode him in the Tesio and he said, ‘I remember I rode this horse in the Tesio on the dirt.’ I said, ‘Forget that. He’s no dirt horse.’ ” – Murray, on London Lane’s dirt career

Take a Number:

8: Human-powered covered wagons going through Fair Hill Training Center (natural camping group) Friday morning. The horses were a little jazzed by the visitors.

55,000: Dollars donated to local charities by Willowdale Steeplechase.

3: Horses named No Nay Never, or some variation, in the Racing Post database.

7. 7. 7. 7. 1.: London Lane’s chart calls for the Colonial Turf Cup.

35: Combined wins of the five horses in the Firecracker.

Watch No Nay Never win the Norfolk Stakes.

Watch Wise Dan win the Firecracker.