BREEDERS' CUP THEY SAID IT
NOVEMBER 1, 2006
"He's a special horse. He's overcome a lot. I hate to make excuses, but he's been an unlucky horse."
—Nick Zito on Classic (G1) contender SUN KING (Charismatic), who just missed when finishing second in the Whitney H. (G1) and Met Mile (G1) this season; the four-year-old colt also finished a close third in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)
"He fires his shot every time. His races in this country -- he got beat on the square once in the United Nations (G1). His other races, he could have won them all. One good thing about him, he likes to run on the soft grass. And this course should be that way Saturday. They've had rain here and more is supposed to happen today (Tuesday), and that course is not going to be hard on Saturday."
Bobby Frankel on CACIQUE (Ire) (Danehill), who will be making his seventh U.S. start in the Turf (G1)
"He goes to the track and buys a bunch of (mutuel) tickets and hands out the winning ones to complete strangers and says, 'Here's your happy ticket.'"
—Andrew Leggio Jr. on Paul Case, a friend of owner Stewart Madison and the namesake for Distaff (G1) contestant HAPPY TICKET (Anet)
"I think Balletto (UAE) (Timber Country) is the filly to beat. I think all of her races have been good and she'll probably get a good pace scenario and she's a good closer."
—four-time Distaff winner Shug McGaughey, who will saddle multiple Grade 1 winner PINE ISLAND (Arch) in this year's edition, on who he thinks is the one to beat on Saturday
"I really deal in cheap to mid-level claimers, so this is a dream come true. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
—Doug Danner on starting Kelso Breeders' Cup H. (G2) runner-up FREE THINKING (Unbridled) in the Mile (G1)
"Pomeroy (Boundary) was going to be retired last year. It's a real feat that we got him to the Breeders' Cup."
—Marty Wolfson on Sprint (G1) runner POMEROY, who was sold last fall and underwent surgery in December to remove chips in his left ankle; the five-year-old horse exits a 2 1/4-length score in the Forego S. (G1)
"He's taken us to each race he's been in. We haven't pushed him. Every horse who has beaten him has had one or two more starts under him."
—Carl Nafzger on maiden winner STREET SENSE (Street Cry [Ire]), who will enter the Juvenile off third-place finishes in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) and Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity (G3)
"I understand a lot of people didn't like our work. I knew he was going to do that. If I had wanted to work him fast, I would have put him with another horse. You probably couldn't tell it from his work, but he has a tremendous stride with great length. I wish this race were a mile and quarter because I think the mile and a sixteenth might be too short."
—Mark Casse on Juvenile entrant SKIP CODE (Skip Away); the Grey Breeders' Cup S. (Can-G3) winner worked five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 on Sunday
"There are a row of houses next to the campus where a lot of upperclassmen live. The university doesn't like the name; it prefers to call it the Triangle, but everybody knows it as the ghetto. I have heard from a lot of people in the past week from the ghetto."
—owner Mike Mackin explaining the name of Juvenile runner U D GHETTO (Honour and Glory), who is named in tribute to Mackin's college days at the University of Dayton
"I don't think we've seen the best of her yet and I'm hoping she'll take to this surface here. I'm pretty sure she will. She'll have a few gallops over the track and we'll keep our fingers crossed."
—Craig Dollase on CASH INCLUDED (Include), who made her visit to Churchill Downs on Tuesday when jogging a mile; the possible Juvenile Fillies (G1) favorite exits a 4 3/4-length win in the Oak Leaf Breeders' Cup S. (G1)
"She has the potential to be. If she gets lucky and wins Saturday, I'd say she has a strong case to be best."
—Wayne Catalano speculating on DREAMING ANNA (Rahy) being the best horse he's ever trained; the unbeaten lass will enter the Juvenile Fillies off a 3 1/4-length score over males in the grassy Summer S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine
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