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It's almost the end of the month and the Breeders' Cup is less than a week away so what better time than to reboot, unload and turn the page.

Our crew has been out and about this fall, in New York and Kentucky, New Jersey and Virginia, and other points here and there. Speaking of here and there, it's the perfect time for another installment with plenty of quotes for Worth Repeating and stats for By The Numbers.

See you in November. Enjoy.  

 
Worth Repeating 
 
"He found three nuts, I found one." - Willie Dowling, after he won one race at Virginia Fall and his boss, Jack Fisher, won three

"It's nice you're writing about me again." - Willie McCarthy, after Saluda Sam won at Virginia Fall

"At Fair Hill, now I was riding a bit injured, but he just jumped straight into one, I thought he fell, but I looked at the tape, he's still standing, galloping off." - Jockey Mark Beecher about New Jersey Hunt Cup winner Le Chevalier

"He's gorgeous, now, he's growing together, he was long and lanky. He's changed a lot." - Trainer Doug Fout, after Perfect Union won the Appleton

"That was sweet." - Trainer Arch Kingsley, after Top Striker won the Zeke Ferguson

"Of course you follow it, but mostly to follow the careers of all these guys, I worked with most of them, so you're always following what's happening, who's winning the big races, it's a small community I suppose, you do keep an eye on them, how guys are doing around the world. It's something I always wanted to do and it's great to win it." - Irish jockey Ruby Walsh, after winning the Grand National aboard Rawnaq

"I was here when I was injured, I was actually on a bit of a busman's holiday, I ended up at the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita and then figured I had gotten that far, I went to the Melbourne Cup. I went global that year." - Walsh, about his only other trip to Far Hills  

"I've got good horses at home for the winter, things are good, things are always good when you're winning." - Walsh, on why life is good

"I know the horse well. He was just behind me in the flat race at Foxfield so I knew he was ready. I schooled him yesterday morning, I wanted to ride him further back, but it just worked out where I got a good position, jumped for fun, never left the wings, he was just perfect. He popped, then flew hurdles down the back, I was there way too soon but he was traveling, there was no sense stopping him. He's game, he's honest and he definitely deserved it. I felt like he would have picked up again if a horse came to him." - Jockey Ross Geraghty, after winning the Far Hills Maiden on Yellow Mountain

"That was a Grade 1 in any country." - Jockey Sean McDermott after finishing second aboard Scorpiancer in the Grand National."

"You're chasing me. That's good." - Trainer Billy Meister to reporter Sean Clancy as they left the winner's circle after Grand Manan won the International Gold Cup

"I can feel the juices are starting to flow." - Bob Baffert on the atmosphere at Santa Anita Park with less than two weeks to go before the Breeders' Cup

"I mean, if a horse is going to beat Chrome, everybody thinks that he could be the one. It's going to take a huge performance to beat Chrome, because Chrome right now, he just looks unbeatable right now." - Baffert on Arrogate's chances against California Chrome in the Classic

"I heard from Santa Anita this morning that they call him the 'Chrome Buster' over there at Santa Anita, so I'm waiting to see, you know, because the Chrome Buster sounds pretty good." - Art Sherman, California Chrome's trainer, on Arrogate

"The Finger Lakes flash did it." - NYRA announcer Larry Collmus as Breakin The Fever won the Hudson Handicap Oct. 22 at Belmont Park

"Q looks like Seabiscuit when he's out there running. There isn't a better conditioned sideline reporter out there." - SEC Network announcer Mark Jones on Quint Kessenich, former writer for The Saratoga Special, after a clip showing him running with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen in Lexington last week 

"It's like a little Saratoga race right here." - Trainer Neil Howard before sending out Dream Dance to a sixth-place finish in a tough allowance race Oct. 12 at Keeneland 

"You've just got to keep doing what you do." - Charlie LoPresti on weathering the ups and downs of training racehorses 

"Hey coach." - Parent of former player greeting TIHR's Tom Law at Keeneland (Tom coached soccer in Lexington from 2006 to 2013)

"It's October and it's Mr Cub." - Keeneland announcer Kurt Becker as Artie Schiller colt broke his maiden in his second start Oct. 13 
 

By The Numbers

0: Horses on the Oklahoma Training Track at 9 a.m. Friday, after Thursday's snowfall scrapped training.

1: Autograph requests after Tom Law's speech at the Saratoga Springs History Museum Wednesday night.

4: Old issues of Thoroughbred Times - the final four actually - given to TIHR's Tom Law Wednesday night (Thanks, they fill out the archive). 

4: Place for Tom Law's Bourbon Chase team out of 13 in the Mixed Masters (40 and up) division Oct. 15.

12: Steeplechase wins for Kieran Norris, suddenly the leading jockey in the country after a triple at the International Gold Cup Saturday. Norris went into the day in a crowd behind injured leader Jack Doyle (11 wins). Among active jockeys, Ross Geraghty has 10 wins and Sean McDermott has nine. Five-time champion Paddy Young (six wins) lurks off the pace. 

18.5: Percentage increase for handle at this year's Maryland Million. Betting on the card nearly reached $4.5 million, compared to almost $3.8 million last year and $2.8 million in 2014.

253: Mares bred to Uncle Mo in 2016, according to The Jockey Club's Report of Mares Bred, tops among all North American stallions and 35 more than Into Mischief and 45 more than Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
 
1,423: Number of stallions that bred mares in North America this year, down 1.8 percent.
 
33,746: Mares bred in 2016, down 2.5 percent.
 
 

Johnny Griggs Memorial service

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky will host a memorial service to Kentucky horseman Dr. John K. Griggs Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Griggs, 84, died Oct. 19. He was a Thoroughbred owner, breeder, trainer and veterinarian. He owned and trained 1994 steeplechase champion Warm Spell in addition to other top jumpers Steve Canyon, Lot O' Ribot, Electron and others during a long career. In partnership, Griggs was a breeder of top flat horses including Grade 1 winner Midnight Lucky and others. Survivors include his wife Linda and children Miles Henry Griggs, Emily Clayre Griggs, Mary Laura Griggs, J. Kirk Griggs II, Allen Neil Griggs, Erritt Hill Griggs; and five grandchildren.