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

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Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Madame Cactus)

On drawing into the race today following the scratches of two horses

“It’s been a fun week. Coming in on Tuesday, knowing about 9 o’clock in the morning when I’m getting on a plane that we’re possibly not gonna get in the race and she’s already there. The racing secretary said there’s a good chance we might get a scratch or two, and thank God we did.”

 

On what he saw in the filly that gave him confidence to ship her from Southern California

“She’s a filly with a lot of talent. Unfortunately, she got injured last year. She’s always been somewhat special. Her last race at Del Mar (in the Sept. 4 C.E.R.F. Stakes) was a big effort, and you saw who beat her that day (2012 Lexus Raven Run winner Gypsy Robin). We’ve always kinda liked her.”

 

Joe Rocco Jr. (winning rider)

“I’m just really thankful they gave me a chance on her when my horse (Lighthouse Bay) scratched and they drew into the race. I’m very appreciative of it.

“The trip was OK besides being pushed wide on the turn. Horses were able to kinda run up inside her and keep stacking her out. I was a little worried, but she – just steady – kept coming. She’s got a real good kick that last eighth.”

 

On whether he thought he could win after racing wide during the final turn

“On the turn I thought we were in big trouble. Once we got to the stretch and I realized I didn’t lose that much momentum being swung that wide, I wasn’t that far off the leaders. I thought we still might have a chance.”

 

Neil Pessin (trainer of runner-up Eden Prairie)

“She ran her heart out. Speed wasn’t holding up that well today, and she set the pace and went 1:08 and change. Maybe if that horse (Madame Cactus) had gotten to her sooner she might have dug back in because she is game. The other horse was a better horse today and my filly ran as good as she could; she ran a big race.”

 

Robby Albarado (rider of Eden Prairie)

“She ran hard. I'm disappointed. Unfortunately, I didn't get the (head) bob. The last jump got me.”

 

Chris Block (trainer of third-place finisher My Option)

“I thought she ran real well. She was game and she shows up every time she runs. I’m real proud of her.”

 

Eddie Perez (rider of third-place finisher My Option)

“My horse ran great. She gave everything she can. She was giving everything. She’s a tough filly. I was thinking for a moment I was going to get there but was just a little short.”

 

Mike Smith (rider of beaten favorite and ninth-place finisher Silsita)

“We were jammed up the whole race; she never got a chance. It would have been nice if we’d been (a little freer). But that's horse racing. It doesn’t always happen the way you’d like it to. She just had a real rough trip. If I’d have been outside she would have been tough. It seemed the winner was about the only one to get a clean trip.”

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