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Quotes - $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Java’s War)

On scoring his second victory in the race

“This isn’t about me. Mr. Fipke (breeder and owner Charles E. Fipke) puts a lot of money in this game. He breeds a lot of really quality mares. He really studies it. He bred a really nice horse, and we’re fortunate to have it in our hands. Yeah, it’s fun for me, but listen he’s the one who put up the dough and I’m thrilled for him.”

On Java’s War’s slow break

Quotes - $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1)

Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Centre Court)

On how he prepared her for the winning performance after she won her first start of the year in the Honey Fox Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on March 16

“This one was easier than the last one (Honey Fox). She’d come off a long layoff. She’s improved as Julien (Leparoux) said. She’s a better horse this year than last year. She’s easier to deal with. She got here easy. She got it on her own.”

 

On her future races

Quotes - $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1)

Phil Oliver (winning trainer of Last Full Measure)

On why he chose to run her in the race

“I guess it just took me a while to figure out she wanted to sprint. The race didn’t seem like it was coming up that tough so we just decided we’d take a shot and it turned out pretty good.”

 

Corey Nakatani (rider of Last Full Measure)

Quotes - $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (G3)

Garrett Gomez (winning jockey)

“(Trainer) Darrin (Miller) did a great job with him. He’s a really classy individual. Real push-button like (Miller) told me in the paddock. I just kinda let him get upon his feet and come home.”

 

On racing along the rail en route to victory

Quotes - $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (G3)

Leandro Moro (assistant to Doug O’Neill, winning trainer of Handsome Mike)

On what made the difference today after three off-the-board finishes

“He has run some really tough races. In the last race, he ran against Game On Dude, who is not an easy horse to beat. It looks like the distance is helping him.”

 

On Handsome Mike’s next race

“Because we train at Del Mar, we’re hoping we can keep him healthy and sound for the Pacific Classic (G1).”

 

Quotes - Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

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)

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