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“They can go right from here to being Brooklyn police horses.”

Trainer Bruce Alexander, on how well his horses cope with trains rumbling past his Monmouth Park barn every day


“When the rest of them were pulling themselves up and walking, she just kept going around there. Everything was easy for her. Everything.”

Trainer Barclay Tagg, on what it was like to ride the great Ruffian as a 2-year-old in Camden, S.C., in 1974


“That’s all he ever did.”

Jockey Mike Luzzi, when hearing that former boss
Eddie Gaudet still stands at the rail every morning, talking


“Part of buying horses is being lucky that you’re the last bidder. I don’t know how many I bid on that run well, I try not to follow them.”

Trainer Kelly Breen, on buying Grade 2 Sanford Stakes winner
Bern Identity for $75,000 at Keeneland for George and Lori Hall


“I was screaming here in the living room, the dogs ran out of the house, they thought I was yelling at them.”

Trainer Jimmy Day, who watched Spy in the Sky win Saratoga’s A.P. Smithwick Steeplechase-NSA1 from his home in Virginia


“I only brought two pairs of jeans – one was wet and one was dirty.”

Trainer Mike Trombetta, on why he wore shorts to work one morning at Saratoga


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