Here and There for Friday

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Quote of the Day: “That’s right, buddy.” Trainer Wesley Ward, who runs Royal Ascot winner No Nay Never at Gulfstream Saturday, when told he can dress more casually. Watch No Nay Never win the Norfolk Stakes.

Name of the Day: L. A. Freeway. In Gulfstream’s fifth, the 3-year-old colt is by Run Away And Hide out of No Dress Code.

Name of the Day II: Drunken Love. In Gulfstream’s second, the 9-year-old gelding is by Whiskey Wisdom out of No Sugar Tonight.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing’s Irish-bred of the day: Eriugena seeks his fourth career win in the starter allowance. Click here for more about ITM.

Did you know? Leo O’Brien is 5-for-21 at Aqueduct in 2014. My old boss is striking at 24 percent. Ah, the good old days.

Tough Read: Guess, it’ll be happening all year. Pyro City make his debut for Chuck Lawrence in Laurel’s second race. “Previously trained by Voss Thomas H,” the first line on his chart. Cold, hard letters.

Did you ever hear? Ron Anderson’s story about Johnny Murtagh riding in a jockey competition, I’ll call him and write it here, soon. Classic Anderson. Classic Murtagh. The Irishman retired from the saddle this week. Amazing career. He was our kind of jockey, winning over 100 Group One stakes – and riding over jumps for the craic of it. 

Hmmm: “I have someone in mind,” Trainer Janet Elliot when asked about a jockey for Colonial Cup winner Alajmal. That was earlier in the month. Oh, did she. Elliot has imported Harry Haynes for the job. The soon-to-be 25-year-old won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2012. He’s won two races from 87 rides this season and plans to rejuvenate his career in America.

The Nadir: Twitter handles, yes, Twitter handles, will be emblazoned, yes, emblazoned on the saddle towels, yes, the saddle towels, of the Arkle runners, yes, the Arkle runners, at Cheltenham, yes, at Cheltenham. At least, the proceeds are for a good cause, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Jockeys Emergency Fund.

Dynaformer of the Day: Chalybeate Springs, now 5, runs at Oaklawn Park for Calumet Farm and D. Wayne Lukas. Come on jump people, take a shot and call the Coach.

Happy Birthday: Ron Barry, who guided New Zealand raider Grand Canyon to two Colonial Cup victories in the 70’s, turns 71 today. Winner of over 900 races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Barry was asked about a career highlight in the Evening Gazette in 2005, he said, it was winning the first Colonial Cup on Grand Canyon. In the same interview, he was asked to compare the jockeys of today to the jockeys in his day, “They have the money, but we had the fun.”

Happy Retirement: Joyce Fogleman, Lane’s End marketing director, retires March 14. Good for her, she won’t have to screen calls from The Saratoga Special ad reps (me) any longer.

Saturday Night: If you’re in Middleburg, Va. Saturday night, come to a concert with Irish tenor Anthony Kearns at Salamander Resort. I’m the emcee, but promise “brevity is the best levity.” For more on the event, click here. 

Miles Quote of the Day: “Dad, sometimes I get distracted and then I get subtracted and that’s why I just can’t get to school on time.”

Cheltenham Countdown: 11 Days.

Call an old Friend: I called Bill Person Wednesday. Like old times, felt like I was standing on the rail at Payson Park. I think I’ll call Toadie today.

Fishing: Think they’ve had rain in England? They were rescuing fish – big ones too – from Worcester Races. They pumped 2,000 gallons of water per minute for 24 hours. Can that be right?

Pick of the Day. Approbation in the seventh at Fair Grounds. Back on the grass for son of Pulpit.