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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

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).”





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