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Quotes from the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

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Todd Pletcher (winning trainer of Carpe Diem)

“The horse had trained really, really well. We were excited coming into (the race) and happy to see him deliver.

Quotes from the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

J. Larry Jones (winning trainer of Lovely Maria)

On whether he was surprised to see rival Angela Renee break first

“She did (get the jump on us) and she was running hard at us (in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds) at the end. It made me think we had our work cut out for us – thank goodness Lovely Maria and (jockey) Kerwin (Clark) were ready for it.”


Kerwin Clark (winning rider)

On winning his first Grade 1 race in 40 years in the saddle

Quotes from the $125,000 Shakertown (G3)

Gail Cox (winning trainer of Something Extra)

“He had a great trip. (Jockey) Shaun (Bridgmohan) let him do whatever he wanted. Funny, we always thought he liked really, really hard, firm turf, but he loved this (yielding turf course).”


Shaun Bridgmohan (winning rider)

“He was pretty content there (on an easy lead). He broke so sharply. Gail and I spoke about it and all she said was ‘just make sure he’s happy.’ He was happy being there.”


Quotes from the $300,000 Commonwealth (G3)

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Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Kobe’s Back)

On whether he expected to see his horse so far back

“Actually no. There didn’t appear to be a lot of pace on paper, and the fact he broke bad, so where else was he going to go? They did set some pretty good fractions. He just shows you how good he is.”


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.”




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