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Quotes from the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (L)

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 Kenny McCarthy (assistant to Bill Mott, winning trainer of White Rose)

On the reason for her recent success, winning three of her past four races

“I think it’s the time that we’ve given her. Bill always felt that as she got older she was gonna get better, and I think that’s what we’re seeing now.”

 

Quotes from the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2)

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Todd Beattie (winning trainer of Taris)

“I knew it was a big step for her. We’re away from home. Thought the distance (of the race) was right; thought the timing was right. I liked all those things, and she stood up to the call.”

On what might be next

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

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Ben Colebrook (winning trainer of Sparkling Review)

“I could see she was going better than everybody else (at the sixteenth pole). I might have started celebrating a little bit early, but I didn’t think they were going to catch her today. We were very excited.”

Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

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Graham Motion (winning trainer of Holiday Star)

On winning his third consecutive race at Keeneland

“It was a good day to visit. I’m glad they left (the Sycamore) on the grass. That was a great move for everybody, and the grass is in good shape.”

Quotes from the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

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Ian Wilkes (winning trainer of Free as a Bird)

On the key to the filly’s five-race winning streak

“I shortened her up. I tried to make her go longer. She was just a little too rank when I ran her longer. I shortened her up from anywhere from five to seven furlongs, and she’s consistent. She’s very versatile. She can be close. She can be back out of it.”

 

Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

Todd Pletcher (winning trainer of Unitarian)

“We just felt like (the race) fit timing-wise. He really improved this winter at Gulfstream. We took a shot in the Fair Grounds race (in which he was seventh in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap on Feb. 22 in his most recent start). Mike Smith rode him that day and came back and said, ‘Ignore this race. He didn’t handle this course at all.’

“I think he fits these kinds of races and he continues to improve like we thought he would. With a little more improvement, maybe he can step up a notch.”

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

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