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Quotes from the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)

Stewart Elliott (winning rider of Sisterly Love)

“I had a great trip. She was comfortable the whole way. On the far turn, I looked over and saw Mike (Smith on the favorite, Emollient) and it looked like he was asking her already. I said, ‘Man, I got a chance. I still have some horse left.’ And I did. She finished up.”

 

Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer)

Quotes from the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Dance With Fate)

On whether Dance With Fate will run in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands

“I just don’t know. It’s three weeks and kind of quick back. I know he loves synthetic better, (likes) turf. I just don’t know if he likes dirt. I know I’m going to hear it from everybody, though.”

 

Corey Nakatani (winning rider)

Quotes from $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1)

Michael Matz (winning trainer of Hard Not to Like)

“I’m just so delighted and so happy for her. I was out of breath riding her; I don’t know how Javier (Castellano) did it.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning jockey)

Quotes from the $300,000 Madison (G1)

Wesley Ward (winning owner and trainer of Judy the Beauty)

“I’m ecstatic. She’s been so unlucky so many different times when she’s been beaten right on the money. To finally vindicate with a Grade 1 (victory) is just unbelievable.”

 

On whether Judy the Beauty is getting better with age

Quotes from $100,000 Shakertown (G3)

Bret Calhoun (winning trainer of Marchman)

“We thought the firm turf here would help him a lot. He’s a big, heavy horse and we thought the firmer going would be good for him and he obviously likes the grass. (Jockey) Robby (Albarado) made a great decision right away from there. The horse was going very easy the first quarter mile and I think that won the race. Robby made some split-second decisions and obviously made the right decision this time.”

 

Robby Albarado (winning jockey)

Quotes from the $100,000 Transylvania

Dale Romans (winning trainer of Medal Count)

“He is versatile. He ran well on the Polytrack here in the fall (when finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Bourbon on Oct. 6, 2013), but he just had too much trouble (in the race). This is a really good horse. He’s been one of my favorites all along. He’s a good horse, and he showed the performance we were expecting.”

 

On Medal Count’s next race

Quotes Regarding Keeneland’s Conversion of Main Race Track

 “As a traditionalist, finding the best and safest natural dirt surface has appeal to our racing program. And as a realist, I applaud Keeneland’s understanding of why this needed to be done to support the long-term integrity of the racing product.” 

Seth Hancock, President, Claiborne Farm 

 

“I look forward to having a greater presence at Keeneland with its return to a dirt surface. It’s a better fit for our horses and the goals of our racing stable.” 

$250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) - Quotes

Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Madame Cactus)

On drawing into the race today following the scratches of two horses

“It’s been a fun week. Coming in on Tuesday, knowing about 9 o’clock in the morning when I’m getting on a plane that we’re possibly not gonna get in the race and she’s already there. The racing secretary said there’s a good chance we might get a scratch or two, and thank God we did.”

 

On what he saw in the filly that gave him confidence to ship her from Southern California

$150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) - Quotes

Malcolm Pierce (winning trainer of Overheard)

On winning the race with a horse owned by the race’s sponsor, Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable LLC

“There was a lot of pressure today because she sponsors this race. We came down here (from Woodbine in Toronto) thinking we had a chance. It’s a lot of fun to win.

“I knew (Overheard would) run big. I didn’t know if she could win this race, but I knew she was ready to run a top race.”

 

Eurico Da Silva (winning rider)

Quotes - $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Danny Peitz (winning trainer of Najjaar)

“I didn’t really know what to expect (after the race was moved from turf to the main track because of rain earlier in the day). The only time he’d run on the Polytrack was in his (third start, in October 2011 at Keeneland). He was a fast-closing second that day. We thought he’d handle it. He’s trained all summer long on it.

“Just working out the trip – I was kinda worried about us being boxed in there and whether he’d get out. He finished well.”

 

James Graham (winning rider)

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