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Quotes from the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3)

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Arnaud Delacour (winning trainer of Divining Rod)

“It’s great to win at Keeneland – it’s ever better to win a graded stakes.”

 

On Diving Rod taking back rather than going for the lead

Quotes from the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1)

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Chad Brown (winning trainer of Ball Dancing)

On rival Filimbi making move around the far turn to challenge Ball Dancing

Quotes from the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L)

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Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Katie’s Eyes)

On whether sprinting on the turf has becoming her forte

“I think so. She’s really progressed rapidly. I thought we might be biting off a little more than we could chew today but (co-owner) Mr. (Ike) Thrash wanted to go here so here’s where we landed, and I’m glad we did.”

 

Quotes from the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3)

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Tristan Barry (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Protonico)

On Protonico’s performance in his last race, in which he was eased in the Feb. 7 Donn (G1) at Gulfstream.

“Just a complete head scratcher – throw it out. He’s back today.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning rider)

Quotes from the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1)

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Tristan Barry (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Jack Milton)

“We had two plans. If he broke well, we were going to sit close to the pace and pounce. If he didn’t, we were going to sit back and make one run. Plan B worked well.”

 

On the next race for Jack Milton

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.”

 

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