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Breeders Cup 2015

Quay Will Run in Smart N Fancy

Saratoga Race Course 2014.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA

Trainer Bobby Ribaudo has confirmed his sharp turf sprinter Quay would run in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy, a 5 ½-furlong turf race for fillies and mares on August 25.


This is the final season for the 4-year-old daughter of Tapit as she will enter the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. She comes off a powerful optional claiming victory August 6, when she ran from last of eight in the lane to win by three-quarters of a length, getting the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.48.


It was Quay's second victory in three career starts at Saratoga.


"So, we're going to run here," Ribaudo said. "This is home for her. She does well here, and she runs good on the grass here. We've got to face Free as a Bird, Madame Giry - it's not an easy spot. They're all hard-knockers. But, she's doing good, so why not run here?"


Quay broke her maiden at Saratoga at a mile last summer and also scored this past winter at 7 ½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Ribaudo has found that her kick is more potent, however, at shorter distances.


"She's not a great, big filly, but she's got a nice way about her, and she's all heart," he said. "Some of those qualities are what people look for in a broodmare. People look for size, conformation - those things are important. Pedigree and heart are just as important. Those are the things you can't go out and find. You need to have it."


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Throughout the spring, followers of @TheNYRA were encouraged to share their favorite racecalls by legendary announcer Tom Durkin using the hashtag #FavoriteDurkinCalls.



Each nominated call was compiled into a single YouTube Playlist, and now it's time to determine the ultimate call. Fans of The NYRA's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thenyra, can vote for their favorite call from among the top 10 nominees.


A randomly selected entrant will win a VIP experience for Sunday, August 31, at Saratoga Race Course - Tom Durkin's last official day as track announcer. Twenty additional fans will be randomly selected to receive surprise prizes. Entries can be made through August 20 on Facebook or directly at: http://woobox.com/s7exgq.




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