Leah Gyarmati looks down her shedrow, deep in the corner of Clare Court and Greentree and thinks about her 20 horses here and 17 at Belmont Park. It's the most she's ever trained.
"I've never had to leave that many behind," she said. "It's just different. Trying to stay on top of everything. It's not my favorite way of doing it, but it's nice to have a good group of horses."
Gyarmati won the Grade 1 Test with Sweet Reason last summer and started the meet off right, winning the opener with Sea Raven.
Like all trainers, Gyarmati is anxious to see if her 2-year-olds are as good as she thinks.
"Ask me in a couple of weeks, but I think so," she said when asked if they were her best crop. "But, if you asked me before Sweet Reason, she would not have been in my top three. She never did any works that were notable. That was a shock, when she won."
Sweet Reason won her career debut at Saratoga and followed with a win in the Grade 1 Spinaway in 2013. She talked wtih The Special's Sean Clancy about the group.
Smooth Bert: "He was a nice New York-bred as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old and then he lost his way. We were pretty much going to give up and all of a sudden he started doing better. He hadn't run in a year. I put him in for 25 and he won by the length of the stretch and did not get claimed. He's going to run in the John Morrissey."
Uncle Chester: "He's by Arch, out of Chestoria. He's supposed to be a grass horse, well, we're hoping he's a grass horse. He's run on the dirt but he's not a dirt horse."
Mohawk Lily: "She's a maiden. Turf, dirt, she tries every time but just hasn't gotten there. But she will."
Wicked Fun: "Two-year-old, she'll run next week, I hope. She's going to want to go long. We're starting here at 6 furlongs but I think she needs more distance."
Big Dance: "He's a New York-bred 2-year-old. He's a bruiser. He hasn't run yet, probably grass. He looks like a Jerkens horse, you know how you see those horses that have 'Jerkens' stamped on them. Big."
Fleeting: "He ran well Friday. He's always under-rated, he's always double-digit odds whenever he runs. He's cool. You'd never know he could run the way he trains in the morning. To breeze, it's life and death to get him to go a half in 50."
Sea Raven: "The winner. He was the winningest horse in Saratoga, briefly. That was great. We had been knocking on the door in the two other than, two turns really helped."
Ortiga: "This is an Irish filly Jeff (Treadway) bought. She's by Dark Angel. My first European horse. I've had her for about three weeks. She's grass, she's just been working on the dirt, she works OK. We'll see. It's hard to tell, I don't know what she's been running against."
Wonder Gal: "She's good, but I think we're going to skip (today's CCA Oaks). I think she needs more time. We're just pushing it a little bit, three weeks between the last two and now four weeks. She's doing fine, but she's not...I don't know, she doesn't look the way she should look and she's not training the way she should train. I'm not going to aim at anything, but the Alabama is the race we always wanted. I don't know if we would go right into that or look for something in between. Maybe I'll go to the Test (laughs)."
Dreamboat Annie: "She's like one muscle when she's on the track. She's hard to gallop, gets her head up. You can tell she's by Freud (points to white face). She broke her maiden against open company at Gulfstream. The only reason I sent her down there was because she got pneumonia last year, when she was just about ready to run. After she got over that, it was so cold here that we sent her down there."
Scatoosh: "She didn't get in Friday, we'll enter for Wednesday. She's cool. She's very cool."
Noble Moon: "He's pointing for the two-other-than on the 7th, a mile and an eighth. He's great."
Strike Midnight: "He's a 2-year-old. Look at him, he looks like a Jerkens horse. He's by Smart Strike. He acts like he can run. I'm excited about him. I'm excited about all the 2-year-olds and there's some more at home that look like they're going to be nice."
Sweet Reason: "She's retired. Right before we came here, I sent her to Bluewater in Kentucky. She's going to go in the Fasig-Tipton Sale (in the fall). I didn't want to let her go. Right after the Churchill race, it looked like something was going on with her tendon, so I said, 'Let's just stop.' I was kicking myself for going to Churchill, so much money at Belmont and Saratoga...I could have stayed at home. It would have been great to have her here. Can't change it now."