Here and There in Saratoga--Wednesday, August 22, 2001

By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

What they're saying(From our mailbox):

"Thank you for a wonderful article about Bobby Frankel's amazing weekend. Now, if you could please tell him to give Skimming a shot at the Breeders'
Cup Classic. His Del Mar fans are hoping...and hopingthat Bobby might change his mind."

"Remember that column you did a little while back –-the one on 'waiting'? And you wondered where all the dirt goes? Some of it is back here in Michigan, on my bike."

Worth Repeating:
"A true turf horse gets a hold of it so well and has something to grip on to that he can put his full energy into shoving his legs back. Everytime he
shoves his legs back it thrusts him forward. That's why the races are so tight all the time."--Jockey Aaron Gryder, on why turf racing is so much more competitive than dirt racing

"How far was that race? It must be a mile and half by now."--Edgar Prado to Richard Migliore who was still talking about the Lake Placid after the last race

"I've been watching him do these kinds of things for years. He's smart. He works hard. And he's lucky as hell. Everything he touches turns to gold."--Trainer Tony Dutrow after friend and former boss Bobby Frankel won four stakes over the weekend

"At least we're close to him, if we can't have him."--Trainer Leo O'Brien looking at neighbor Point Given

"Point Given's a race horse. This is a pony."--A man with a horse unloading at the same chute where Point Given was expected

We asked Jerry Bailey if he ever wonders how he does it, how he wins stakes after stakes at Saratoga and around the country. Here's his answer: "Oh, I know how I do it. Good horses. You get on fast horses and you do it. That's all. I can't win on slow horses. You put them in the right spot and don't get them in trouble and a good horse will find his way to win."

We talked to Jerry Bailey and John Velazquez when they were tied for leading jockey this weekend. Bailey won one on Monday and holds a one win lead with two weeks to go.

Bailey said: "I'm rolling along but I'm still not in front. Only tied. I tip my hat to Johnny for keeping me on my belly. I really like Johnny, we're good friends and it's a fun race. All we both can do is the best we can and whoever ends up on top, so be it. It's like a good horse race. Two good horses fighting it out. That's all you can ask for. For their best."

Velazqauez said: "Oh Bailey is strong. So strong. I'm having a great meet. And I'm trying. That's all I can do. Last year I was holding my arm, this year, I'm winning races and going home to my family."

Name of the Day:
For Love And Honor (fourth race). By Not For Love out of In Her Honor

Wednesday: More sun than clouds. High around 82. Winds west to northwest 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low near 62. Calm winds.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High around 79. Winds south to southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Thursday (24 hours): Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms ending late and becoming clear. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s.
Friday (24 hours): Sunny. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.
Saturday (24 hours): Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.

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