Here & There: May 3

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The Kentucky Oaks is in the books and the Kentucky Derby is on tap. The 140thKentucky Derby goes off Saturday at 6:24 p.m. ET and everyone’s still talking about the great race.

We didn’t cast a wide net for this edition of Here & There, sticking to all things Bluegrass State, from Keeneland to Churchill.


Worth Repeating

“You could come here 100 times and get goose bumps.” – Trainer Rick Violette, about coming to the Derby

“I think we’re a player.” – Violette about Samraat

“It’s an honor to bring horse racing to so many people.” – Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman

“She is magnificent.” – Rosie Napravnik on Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable

“I like the way he’s grabbing the track. I’m trying to relax him because it’s going to be a very fast race.” – Trainer Jose Garoffalo, with Wildcat Red

“Why sell the gold mine when there’s still gold in it?” – Steve Coburn, on turning down offers to buy California Chrome’s dam

“It is a dream.” – Jockey Luis Saez, when asked about winning the Kentucky Derby

“Nice to see these silks.” – Jockey Mike Smith, after winning with Fiftyshadesofgold for the estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr., late owner of Alysheba

“It is very special.” – Trainer Bret Calhoun, after Fiftyshadesofgold won the Eight Belles

“We decided to put our money where our mouth is.” – Owner Chip McEwen, whose stable benefits the Wounded Warrior Project

“I could have been a mailman, or whatever, but I decided I wanted to be a horse trainer.” – Gary Contessa, trainer of Uncle Sigh

“I’m getting ready to saddle one.” – Rusty Arnold at Keeneland Friday morning. He was second in the 10:31 a.m. opener with Elusive Fate and won the 11 a.m. second with Miracle Run.

“Is this the gray set?” – Amy LoPresti to husband Charlie as three of the stable’s grays galloped past Friday morning at Keeneland

“Super.” – Damien Rock describing Wise Dan’s condition after light training Friday

“They’re beating up on me pretty good but I’m hanging in there.” – LoPresti about his 1-for-19 showing at the recent Keeneland meet

“Do yourself a favor and go to the bank right now and take out the max from your account and Liz’s, too, and go all in on Unbridled Forever. You’re welcome.” – Text to TIHR’s Tom Law Friday afternoon. Close, but no cigar.

“Just like a typical woman.” – Female exercise rider describing the on-again, off-again personality of her mount on the Keeneland training track.


By the Numbers

0: Number of print editions of Daily Racing Form available at 11:30 a.m. at a Lexington convenience store.

2: Mechanics who asked TIHR’s Joe Clancy for Derby picks Friday.

2: First-timers going to the Derby with TIHR’s Tom Law

3: Ladies in sundresses picking out hats at Macy’s in Lexington at 11 a.m. on Oaks day (hope they made it to Louisville in time to wear them)

4: Lexington barbers who asked Tom for his Derby picks Friday.

6.2: Million gallons of water, give or take, that fell on Pimlico Wednesday (math by turf superintendent Robbie Mitten). 

15,224: Square feet of new 4k high-definition board at Churchill Downs