Quotes - $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

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Mike Maker (winning trainer of Kindergarden Kid)

“I expected him to run his race. We had a lot of respect for the two horses who just beat him (Ioya Bigtime and Rahystrada in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup on September 15) and Musketier (GER) – how could you knock him? This horse is coming around, and I’m very pleased with him.”

 

On whether he was concerned when Ioya Bigtime had a big lead while Kindergarden Kid was fifth in the field of seven

“You had to be concerned. That horse (Ioya Bigtime) seems to get really brave when he’s out there by himself. Hats off to (jockey) Julien (Leparoux for his well-timed ride).”

 

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)

“(In) a mile-and-a-half (race), you’ve gotta be relaxed pretty much all the way and make one run. He was relaxed, and he made his run.”

 

On whether he thought he could catch front-runner Ioya Bigtime

“My horse actually started to get going around the quarter pole so I knew I had the horse. I knew the other one (Ioya Bigtime) was a good horse to catch so I was a little bit worried, but we got it done.”

 

Jeffrey Sanchez (rider of second-place finisher Ioya Bigtime)

“He ran his race. At the eighth pole, I thought I had it but the other horse (Kindergarden Kid) surprised me and just got me in the last few strides.”

 

Elvis Trujillo (rider of third-place finisher Miami Deco)

“My horse ran very good; he’s a very nice horse to ride. He gave me everything. He gave me a very nice finish.”

 

John Velazquez (rider of beaten favorite and seventh-place finisher Musketier [GER])

“He was just going through the motions. He didn’t give me anything today.”

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