$500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) - Quotes

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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

“With the 13 (post) in the gate, you never know how they’re going to break. You never know if you’re going to have pressure, but we knew what she could do and I guess she showed everybody today.”

 

Mike Smith (winning rider of Emollient)

“She’s extremely impressive. There were times early on in her career that she showed signs of brilliance, and she showed it today. Billy (Mott) said and then Rodolphe echoed it in the paddock, ‘Don’t be scared to be a little aggressive if she jumps well (out of the starting gate). Just go ahead and use her a little if she gets away well. If not, just go from there.’ When she jumped well, I just took advantage of it. It was just pretty much her from that point on.”

On whether he knew he was setting slow fractions

“I was going very comfortable. I wasn’t even getting challenged. I thought, well at some point I’m going to try and see if I can kick this race open. I did just before we headed for home and I was amazed at the burst of speed she gave me. Then I looked over into the (infield tote board) and I saw we’d opened up about 10 (lengths) and I said, well that’s enough.”

 

Alan Garcia (rider of second-place finisher Tuttipaesi [IRE])

“She acted up a little bit before the break and then after that had a beautiful trip. I think she was second best today.”

 

H. Graham Motion (trainer of second-place finisher Tuttipaesi [IRE] and third-place finisher Kitten’s Point)

“I’m thrilled with both of them. They both ran very well. Tuttipaesi just didn't break real sharp, which hurt her a little bit. But they both ran great races.”

 

Edgar Prado (rider of third-place finisher Kitten’s Point)

“She broke good and got in perfect position; she doesn’t have that kind of speed. I was getting pushed out by a lot of horses on the backside. When I took her outside and I was clear, I started riding and she found another gear and finished strong.”

 

Mark Casse (trainer of eighth-place finisher Spring Venture)

“She’s quirky, that filly. If she doesn’t get away good she doesn’t run well. I figured we were in trouble when she was off slow at the start.”

 

Mark Casse (trainer of ninth-place finisher and beaten favorite Spring in the Air)

“I thought she was running fast enough. She seemed to be comfortable, but she just didn’t show up. She may have bled. We’ll see.”

 

Patrick Husbands (rider of Spring in the Air)

“We were third the whole way around, but by the half I just had no horse.”

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