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Quotes - $150,000 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select

Darrin Miller (winning trainer of Havelock)

On whether he was concerned when Havelock broke last

“This is his home. Any time you load you’re concerned, but yes I was concerned. But the biggest confidence I had in him was that Garrett (Gomez) was on him. I knew he would know where he needed to be.”


Garrett Gomez (winning rider)

On being last early in the race

Quotes - $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

Mark Casse (winning trainer of My Conquestadory)

On whether he was worried when she had to check on the backstretch

“A little worried? My thoughts were, ‘Here we have this great filly and she’s not going to be able to show how great she was.’ I wasn’t upset or worried for me, I was worried for her, because I wanted her to be able to show you how great she was. That was my concern.”


On whether she will go to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Quotes - $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (G2)

Ken Ramsey (owner of winner Dark Cove)

“I can’t believe we’ve doubled the old record of 12 wins (in a single Keeneland meet). To win 24 is unbelievable. The low point about today is my wife (Sarah) had to be taken to the hospital yesterday. She’s not doing that well but nothing life-threatening. That’s the only sad part, that she’s not able to be here with me. But this is almost like heaven.”


Gary Stevens (rider of second-place finisher Side Road)

Quotes - $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3)

Graham Motion (trainer of winner Strathnaver [GB])

“I thought she was very impressive that day at Gulfstream (winning an allowance race on March 16 in her first U.S. start). Like I said to Joel, I just wasn’t sure about the mile and a half. But clearly she handled it pretty good.”


Joel Rosario (rider of Strathnaver)

“I got a perfect trip. (Trainer) Graham (Motion) told me to just let her do whatever she wants and she did it.”


Quotes - $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3)

Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Successful Dan)

“He has tremendous heart. He’s got a lot of talent, and his injuries here lately haven’t been very bad. At Saratoga, he had some filling in his pastern. Probably I could have run him, but you want them to be 100 percent with a horse of this caliber. It wasn’t that hard to get him back to this race. (Jockey) Julien (Leparoux) has breezed him these past two times, and he’s told me he was as good as ever. And Dr. Larry Bramlage checked him and gave him a clean bill of health.”

Quotes - $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3)

Todd Pletcher (winning trainer of Winning Cause)

On whether he was expecting this type of performance

“To be honest, we weren’t sure. We were stretching him out and stepping up into a graded stakes off two weeks’ rest. The main reason (he was entered in the race) is he’s two for two at Keeneland going into this. We know he likes the surface and thought it was worth taking a shot.”

On whether Winning Cause will become his sixth starter in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1)

Quotes - $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes (L)

 Joe Rocco Jr. (winning jockey)

 “She’s really nice. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to ride her. It was pretty uneventful. She broke really good, stalked the pace. She had plenty left to run through the stretch. She’s a really nice mare.”

 On what instructions trainer William R. Connelly gave him

“Not really much: Just stay out of her way and let her do her thing. Obviously, she knows her way to the winner’s circle. I tried not to mess it up. She knew how to get there.”


Quotes - $100,000 Appalachian Stakes (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association

Barclay Tagg (winning trainer of Unbelievable Dream)

On what made him think Unbelievable Dream was ready for a Grade 3 stakes after her allowance victory on March 3 at Gulfstream Park.

Quotes - $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select

Christina Jelm (assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Ciao Bella Luna)

“She shipped (to Keeneland from California) beautifully. She settled right in, and she’s been very comfortable. It’s been great to get her back on the synthetic surface. Jerry and racing manager Mark Cornett have found her niche, I think.”


Joel Rosario (winning rider)

“I got a perfect trip. Turning for home, I knew she had plenty left. She did good today.”


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




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