Quotes from the $100,000 Transylvania

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Dale Romans (winning trainer of Medal Count)

“He is versatile. He ran well on the Polytrack here in the fall (when finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Bourbon on Oct. 6, 2013), but he just had too much trouble (in the race). This is a really good horse. He’s been one of my favorites all along. He’s a good horse, and he showed the performance we were expecting.”


On Medal Count’s next race

“That’ll be up to Mr. Hughes (owner of Spendthrift Farm). If he were mine, I’d still have him on the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) trail, but he wanted to take a more conservative approach and let him grow up a little bit. Today was a big performance and showed he can go anywhere.”


Robby Albarado (winning jockey)

“I got squeezed back right under the wire the first time. I had specific instructions from Dale to just try to keep him clear. At the three-eighths pole, I tried to sneak through. Fortunately, I got through there and it worked out for us.

“I rode him in the fall here (in the Grade 3 Bourbon), and he had so much trouble. He was only beaten 2 (1/4) lengths then. Dale had high expectations. I guess as an older horse he’s shown everything that Dale thought about him.”


John Velazquez (rider of runner-up Picozza)

“Good trip. I thought he ran really well. With (the outside) post, out there in the middle of the track, he had to give up some ground. The other horse got through on the rail and that was the difference right there. He ran a really impressive race in his maiden win when I rode him and I felt he showed up in the race today.”


Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher Woodfield Springs)

“We got a good race. Coming off a maiden win, it’s a big step up but he improved and he ran a good race. He’s going to improve with more racing.”


Javier Castellano (rider of beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Storming Inti)

“I had a beautiful trip. I love the way the race set up for us. I'm disappointed because I didn’t have the horse. He didn’t fire. It’s hard to find excuses when you get beat but unfortunately today for some reason he didn’t fire.”



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