Many things are said in a year’s time. Some are ignored. Some are unforgettable. And some are just plain amusing. The editors of The Blood-Horse have compiled a short list of quotes from 2011 (a larger list will be included in a January special issue). What memorable quotes in the Thoroughbred world do you recall from 2011?
“Of course, I’m concerned about that. I’d be an idiot not to be concerned about it.”
Barry Irwin on Animal Kingdom’s never having raced on dirt prior to the Derby.
“(Racing fans) are the backbone of the industry. Without you guys, there is no sport. At the end of the day, I am a racing fan who owns racehorses.”
Mike Repole, accepting the 2-year-old male Eclipse Award for Uncle Mo.
“I’ve spent more time in this barn than I have at home.”
Dale Romans about his barn at Churchill Downs, where his father also had a stable for 40 years.
“(My involvement in the industry) was like having a secret identity, except when I walked into the Globe and had horse manure on my shoes.”
Michael Blowen, a former editor at the Boston Globe and now founder/owner of Old Friends retirement farm.
“Anybody’s life she touches is going to be better for it. I’ll miss her.”
Pinhooker Murray Smith about a Empire Maker—Half A. P. filly she sold for $1.35 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale.