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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

April 10, 2013

Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Norm Casse (son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, trainer of Dynamic Sky, post position 1)

$500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) - Quotes

Rodolphe Brisset (assistant to Bill Mott, winning trainer of Emollient)

“The whole team always really, really liked this filly. She’s been good to us and that race (her fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 30) was just a bad race – it’s horse racing. We took a shot today.”

On whether he knew Emollient would turn in such an impressive performance

$100,000 Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Quotes

Whit Beckman (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Jack Milton)

“He’s been training in Florida and they liked what they saw in his works. He’s been a horse that’s shown talent on the grass. He’s improved a lot since his first and second starts.

“He was green making the lead. Johnny (Velazquez) got perfect position. He rated very professionally and when he was asked turning for home, he did just that.”

 

John Velazquez (winning rider of Jack Milton)

Quotes - $150,000 Fayette (G2)

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

 “It was not our game planning going out there to be that far back, to be honest with you. He’s got a big cruising speed so we thought he’d be a little closer. Leaving the gate, he looked like he stumbled just slightly and then after that, you have to leave it up to your jockey. I thought Julien (Leparoux) did a great job on him. Just tucked him in the first turn, let him go extend himself down the backside and came very smoothly into the stretch.”

 

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

Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Upperline)

On Upperline winning her final race

“She’s been a superstar from the beginning. She’s been tough in all of her races, and we’re just happy that she was able to do it like this.

 “We’re just sorry we hadn’t started running her a mile and a half a long time ago. James (Graham) rode her great, and she’s a great mare.”

 

James Graham (winning rider)

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

Gatewood Bell (co-owner of winner Gypsy Robin)

 “She loves the track. She’s trained here. She’s always run well here. She’s a really fast horse. The Hall of Famer (jockey John Velazquez) made her look good. It helps having him on her back; gives you confidence. She just ran awesome. (Trainer) Wesley (Ward) had her primed today, and she’s a good filly and she ran well.”

 

 On trainer Wesley Ward, who was not at the race

Quotes - $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) (2nd division)

Steve Margolis (winning trainer of Miz Ida)

“This filly in her last few races has been so strong at the end. We figured out some things since she ran in the Edgewood (on May 4 at Churchill Downs in which she was seventh). She doesn’t want to sit that close (to the pace). Just let her break, let her get herself together and make her run when she’s ready.

 

On her late-running performance today

“She runs that way. Horses that have that come-from-behind race in them, you just have to let them run and kick in at the end.”

Quotes - $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) (1st division)

Jonathan Sheppard (winning trainer of Angel Terrace)

“It looked like a pretty tough spot, but she is a nice filly. She ran in a restricted stakes at Saratoga and she got beat about a length. (Angel Terrace was fourth in the one-mile Nani Rose on July 29.) She was in front after the wire; she absolutely flew through the stretch. I thought if she settled nicely and if the speed backed up I thought she had a shot to get a piece of it. In fact, I wasn’t really looking for the win. It was great.”

 

Quotes - $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Mike Maker (winning trainer of Kindergarden Kid)

“I expected him to run his race. We had a lot of respect for the two horses who just beat him (Ioya Bigtime and Rahystrada in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup on September 15) and Musketier (GER) – how could you knock him? This horse is coming around, and I’m very pleased with him.”

 

On whether he was concerned when Ioya Bigtime had a big lead while Kindergarden Kid was fifth in the field of seven

Dayatthespa Holds Off All Challengers to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

LEXINGTON, KY (October 13, 2012) – Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dayatthespa went to the lead at the break and fended off all challengers to win the 29th running of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths over Centre Court before a crowd of 28,337 on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

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