Quotes from $100,000 Shakertown (G3)

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Bret Calhoun (winning trainer of Marchman)

“We thought the firm turf here would help him a lot. He’s a big, heavy horse and we thought the firmer going would be good for him and he obviously likes the grass. (Jockey) Robby (Albarado) made a great decision right away from there. The horse was going very easy the first quarter mile and I think that won the race. Robby made some split-second decisions and obviously made the right decision this time.”

 

Robby Albarado (winning jockey)

“He broke exceptionally well. I set him on his feet a little bit and by the time I got to the turn I had to make a conscious decision either go on or take him back. I went on with him and it worked out great. He got through there. Threw his ears up, got comfortable and content.

“Turning for home, I squeezed on him and went home. I rode him last time in New Orleans and he kind of stuck to the fence there. I made the lead for a little point and I kind of let his head go a little bit.”

 

Grant Forster (trainer of runner-up Positive Side)

“He ran great and we're excited. We figured out what he wants to do: sprint on the grass. I’ve always had a gut feeling he would like sprinting. He loves to chase horses and it worked out today. Unfortunately, we were just on the wrong end of the decision.”

 

Leandro Goncalves (rider of Positive Side)

“I really didn't have a clean trip down the stretch. I had to go in and out to find room to go. I kind of wish I could have found a cleaner trip. I thought I was going to get there, but when we hit the wire I knew I had been beat.”

 

Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of fourth-place finisher Hogy)

“I got outrun early, and I was compromised by a wide trip. That’s his running style, but I had to go a bit wide around the turn. But he came running and I thought he finished well.”

 

Darrin Miller (rider of seventh-place finisher and 3-1 favorite Havelock)

“I think there just wasn’t a lot of pace today It’s always best for him if they’re running pretty hard early and they’re coming back to him. They didn’t come back so we were probably putting ourselves at a disadvantage by sending him where we were early. I think at that point you have to reconfigure; a lot of times you’ll get pretty meaty splits and we didn’t get that today.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of Havelock)

“(The race) really didn't have the speed for him. For a 5½-(furlong) race, they ran pretty slow. The turf is firm so he (winner Marchman) did not come back to us. He ran a good race, just his (Marchman’s) style (of running) was not a good one for us."

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