Here & There – May 16

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The morning two days before the Preakness Stakes is always a little more lively and laid back than just about any other during the American racing year, with each of the entrants and just about all their connections on hand along with the annual Alibi Breakfast, and Thursday didn’t disappoint. Here’s a little of what TIHR soaked in.

Worth Repeating

“He’ll have us to run down.”-Bob Baffert assistant Jim Barnes when asked about the chances of Govenor Charlie facing Kentucky Derby winner Orb

“Hey Shug, how long did it take to get that 2-year-old training out of him?”-WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden, making sure Niall and Stephanie Brennan, who broke and trained Orb in Ocala, were within earshot just after the track opened for training

“Who is this horse?”-Stable area tour guide, standing outside Pimlico stakes barn
“Departing”-Trainer Al Stall Jr., leaning on rail as War Front gelding got a bath
“Is Departing running in a race?”-Same tour guide
“She knows a lot about horses huh?”-Stall, once the crowd dispersed

“I’m not related to that Jerry Sandusky. … If you’re Jerry with a J you’re doing 50 to life; if you’re Gerry with a G you’re just coming into your life at age 50.”-WBAL-TV’s Gerry Sandusky, in reference to the jailed and disgraced former Penn State football coach, while accepting Old Hilltop Award

“Thank you to my boyfriend, Tom Keyser, who won the Eclipse Award last year for photography, for not entering this contest.”-Barbara Livingston, accepting Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award

“I got more.”-Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, after telling a few jokes at the Alibi

“We beat Orb once, how about that?”-Lukas on Titletown Five, who was second with Orb third in a Saratoga maiden last summer

“Working for the Bonifaces for so long I’ve basically seen that trophy since I was 12 years old.”-Nicole Stall, who grew up in Maryland and worked at the Boniface’s Bonita Farm, home of 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony

“Success is no accident”-Brennan’s philosophy, also embroidered on back of his baseball cap

“It’s tough, she doesn’t pay.”-Trainer Eddie Plesa on what it’s like training for his wife Laura, co-owner of Itsmyluckyday

“That’s what everybody keeps saying. I say ‘what the hell you worried about grass for, she hasn’t been beat on the dirt?’ There’s more money on the dirt.”-Trainer Ralph Nicks when asked if Black-Eyed Susan contender Maracuya might have a future on grass