Here & There: November 5

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The weekend that was saw upsets galore at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in California and plenty of steeplechase and timber racing in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia.

Members of our team were on hand for the Breeders’ Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup and others, like millions in the U.S., caught Friday’s and Saturday’s races from Santa Anita on television or the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland sales from the home or office computer. People were talking and we’ve got Worth Repeating and By the Numbers for you right here.


By the Numbers

1: Dismal number of winners picked by Sean (Judy the Beauty), Joe (Main Sequence) and Tom (Main Sequence) Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup.

3: Jockeys who won their first Breeders’ Cup races in 2014 – Florent Geroux, Stephane Pasquier and Irad Ortiz Jr.

3: Horses who walked to the races at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. 

4: Trainers who won their first Breeders’ Cup races – Roger Brueggemann, Leandro Mora, Keith Desormeaux and Wesley Ward (who won two).

4: Trainers for Decoy Daddy in his five Noel Laing starts: Desmond Fogarty, Tom Foley, Brianne Slater for the first three and Cyril Murphy for the last two.

5: Pennsylvania Hunt Cups won by Arcadia Stable after Delta Park won Sunday’s timber feature. The others were Free Throw (1993), Buck Jakes (1995 and 1996) and Maipo (2000).

5: Consecutive starts in the Noel Laing hurdle stakes for Decoy Daddy – wins in 2014 and 2013, a second in 2012, wins in 2010 and 2011.

20: Career Breeders’ Cup wins for D. Wayne Lukas after Take Charge Brandi won Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies.

21: Career Breeders’ Cup wins for Mike Smith after winning Saturday on Judy the Beauty in the Filly and Mare Sprint

40: Reportedly the number of dates for 2015 Saratoga season. Check out this story from the Albany Times Union.

75: Percent of a child’s donut eaten by Katie (the Labrador) Clancy at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Sunday; an apparent tax for the petting.

35.96: Average win payout for the nine Breeders’ Cup Saturday races, compared to 7.35 Friday.

1972: Year trainer Jack Fisher won the pony race – aboard Little Pal – at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup (steeplechasing’s leading trainer brought the halter plate to the races Sunday to prove it).

98,319: Combined attendance for two-day Breeders’ Cup, up 3.9 percent from last year.

$151,158,815: Two-day common-pool handle, down 5.9 percent from last year.


Worth Repeating

“His Travers, he just, I don’t know. You can always make an excuse up for him but he didn’t bring his A-game that day.” – Bob Baffert before the Breeders’ Cup Classic on eventual winner Bayern.

“Believe me I’m not as calm as you think.” – Jim Rome, co-owner of wiped out favorite Shared Belief, on his radio show Monday afternoon.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Ramsey for naming him after me.” – Celebrity chef Bobby Flay presenting Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint trophy to Ken Ramsey for Bobby’s Kitten (named for Bobby Frankel).

“I hope some of my horses drag him in there.” – Ken Ramsey on the way Chad Brown will make it into the Hall of Fame.

“I like being the trainer of the Derby favorite.” – Keith Desormeaux after Texas Red dominated the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“He just killed them.” – Jockey Florent Geroux after riding Work All Week to victory in Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“He’s an optimist. What can I say, I’d rather be with optimists than pessimists.” – Owner Michael Tabor about trainer Wesley Ward after Hootenanny won Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

“You don’t want to wheel him back in three weeks at the Delta Jackpot, do you, Erich?” – Trainer Keith Desormeaux to Erich Brehm, co-owner of Texas Red.

“I can’t believe you would have me present this to these guys.” – Reportedly what CHRB member and Breeders’ Cup “ambassador” Bo Derek said to Santa Anita Park President Tom Ludt after Goldencents won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

“An earlier release mistakenly credited Javier Castellano as the Award winner because of an error in tabulation. The Breeders’ Cup apologizes to Javier who graciously accepted the Award earlier this evening.” – Corrected press release announcing John Velazquez as the winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award.

“I guess the next question is, ‘when are you going to be on Dancing With the Stars?’ or something like that. I don’t know.” – Baffert explaining what people will ask him now that he’s won the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“He’ll race as a 4‑year‑old, 5‑year‑old and 6‑year‑old, if he can. … I’m a horse-racing fan first, and I know the fans hate it when good horses get retired.  So I’m going to make sure as long as he’s sound and Bob tells me he wants to run, he’ll keep running.” – Owner Kaleem Shah on Bayern.

“Because he’s so irreverent.” – Owner Andre Brewster on why he likes campaigning horses with trainer Jack Fisher.

“You could power half of Chester County with a windmill on this hill.” – Pennsylvania Hunt Cup spectator, dealing with the breeze, Sunday

“Horse racing can’t always get in the way.” – The vacationing Joe Santanna, partner with Todd Beattie and Todd Mostoller in Commonwealth New Era Racing that sold Grade 2 winner Taris for $2.35 million at Monday night’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November selected mixed sale