Big weekend from Keeneland to Laurel to Far Hills to the International Gold Cup. We’ve got owners talking about Brink’s trucks, sisters and brothers talking about winning and jump jockeys on the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s your Here & There from the October 19-20 weekend.
“Do you have a pen?” – Owner Ken Ramsey when asked if he was available for an interview
“Glad to see they’ve got a representative down here.” – Graham Motion to TIHR’s Tom Law during training hours at Keeneland Thursday
“When I looked up and saw that he was 30-1 I thought that was a little long … and I was also surprised to see him win that easily. – Trainer Conor Murphy of Bailoutbobby, his first winner at Keeneland
“Maybe I should have taken this horse to the gate this week.” – Robbie Medina, assistant to Shug McGaughey, as allowance winner Norumbega loaded (perfectly) before the second race Wednesday
“I bet that horse because its name reminded me of Aunt Jemima, you know, the syrup?” – New racing fan Andy Pils after cashing a ticket on Auntie Martha, a 3-year-old War Pass filly out of Grade 1 winner Auntie Mame Sunday
“I might be chasing bourbon this weekend, but not that kind of Bourbon Chase.” – Keeneland’s G. D. Hieronymous as Tom Law explained the 200-mile team relay race that takes place in Kentucky over the weekend
“I had to stop at one point to say hello to some broodmares.” – Bourbon Chaser Susan Hamblen on her way through Woodford County’s horse country
“Finally, he got his jumping down.” – Trainer Janet Elliot, minutes after Canaveral broke his maiden at Far Hills
“I thought there was a prohibition on me winning a race here.” – Owner Greg Hawkins, whose Canaveral won the Harry E. Harris at Far Hills
“Jack said he never made a mistake at home. I came back and he asked what happened. I said, ‘He made that mistake.’ ” – Jockey Paddy Young after falling with Brave Prospect in the New Jersey Hunt Cup at Far Hills
“I was thinking we should buy a horse and you’re thinking we should buy the race?” – Potential owner to another potential owner after the races at Far Hills
“The ups and the downs.” – Jockey Gerard Galligan, after winning for the first time in America and falling for the first time in America
“Here’s my chance.” – Richard Hutchinson, when handed a microphone by Nigel Casserley at Far Hills
“I owe steeplechasing a lot. It gave me something to do seven days a week.” – Owner Bill Pape, at the top of the standings
“I’m 83. Have you ever seen a Brink’s truck following a hearse? I made it, I’m spending it.” – Pape, on buying horses this year
“When the jockey and the horse are in sync, it’s tough to beat them.” – Pape, after Divine Fortune and Darren Nagle won the Grand National
“No horse deserved it more. Second in five grade ones.” – Jockey Darren Nagle, after Divine Fortune won the Grand National
“She traveled pretty well, when I did squeeze and chirp, she was always right there.” – Jockey Robbie Walsh, after winning the Peapack aboard Kisser N Run
“He made a couple of horrendous mistakes, I thought we were gone.” – Jockey Willie McCarthy, after winning a rough-and-tumble edition of the New Jersey Hunt Cup aboard Chess Board
“It’s Merryman Million.” – Johnny Merryman, whose sisters Lizzie and Ann won races at the Maryland Million Saturday
“That was one of the worst experiences of my life.” – Handicapper Dan Tordjman, who hit the trifecta at Laurel’s first finish line, not at the second – and official – one
“I’m a little shaky, and I don’t get shaky.” – Trainer Tom Keefe, before Eighttofasttocatch ran in the Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel; he needn’t have worried as the horse joined Timely Warning, Algar and Docent as a two-time Classic winner
“I don’t name them, I just train them. If it were up to me, they’d all have three-letter names that were easy to spell.” – Trainer Ann Merryman, who ran a horse named Scrapple on Maryland Million Day
“We don’t thinks, we just hopes.” – Trainer King Leatherbury, quoting an old trainer, to the question ‘How do you think your horse will do?’
“What race is he in?” – Trainer Jerry Robb, as Joey (from War Horse) the mechanical horse frolicked on the track at Laurel Saturday
“. . . Groovin’ up slowly.” – Laurel announcer, and Beatles fan, Dave Rodman, describing a move by Ju Ju Eyeballs in the Distaff
By the Numbers
23.1: Number of miles logged by TIHR’s Tom Law in Bourbon Chase (5.3 more than scheduled, but a teammate got the flu and he pitched in and paid dearly for his volunteerism).
1: Aqueduct knit hat at Far Hills Steeplechase.
29: Fewer seconds it took for Sacred Soul to win the second division of the Foxbrook than it took Bluegrass Summer to win the first division.
4: Rides for Blair Wyatt on Riverdee horses in 2013, wins for Blair Wyatt on Riverdee horses in 2013.
1: Man in an “Angel Serpa Father” jacket at Laurel Saturday. The jockey managed a third aboard Pocket Gift in the Lassie.
1-2-3: Order of finish for sons of Tikkanen in the opener at Exeter Tuesday.