$100,000 Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Quotes

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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)

“I thought we had a really good trip. I was concerned that there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race, so I wanted to make sure I got a nice comfortable position the first part of the race. The only thing down the lane -- it’s the first time he’s been to the lead a little bit early -- when he got to the lead, he decided to wait on the horses. The other horse (Up With the Birds) came to him on the outside, and he put up a good fight but he made me work for it.”


Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of runner-up Up With the Birds)

“I had a great trip and saved ground. He ran hard the whole way. I thought I was going to (catch the winner). My horse lunged at him and finished up pretty good, but obviously Johnny (Velazquez on the winner) had a little bit more to hang on. My horse tried the whole way.”


Malcolm Pierce (trainer of Up With the Birds)

“This is definitely a step up in class. We will find out if he can get a mile and a quarter in July. We are pointing him to the Queen’s Plate (at Woodbine) in July. We will see how he comes out of this race, and we will work backward from July 7 (date of the Queen’s Plate). He may get one or two more starts. He is a nice colt. Coming in, he was three of four and broke in the air in his first start, and now he has a good second in a graded stakes at Keeneland. We are very happy with his efforts.”


Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher Redwood Kitten)

“He ran good. We got a good race. He relaxed good on the front end, and he actually kicked nice for me in the straight. We just got beat. No excuses.”



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