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Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Upperline)

On Upperline winning her final race

“She’s been a superstar from the beginning. She’s been tough in all of her races, and we’re just happy that she was able to do it like this.

 “We’re just sorry we hadn’t started running her a mile and a half a long time ago. James (Graham) rode her great, and she’s a great mare.”


James Graham (winning rider)

 “I had a great trip. Great training achievement by Mike (Stidham) to have her back this good in two weeks off a Grade 1 third (in the Juddmonte Spinster on October 7). She did everything I asked her to do.”


John Velazquez (rider of second-place finisher Ciao Bella)

 “She ran huge; a really, really big race. I thought she had a really good chance to win it. She was kind of drifting out a little bit. It she didn’t do that, she probably would have won the race. But she still ran a good race.”


Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher Janicellaine [IRE])

 “She did not break as sharp as I thought she would and I thought we would be closer early. I had a good trip and I was following Upperline. When they quickened on the far turn, they got away from me a little bit, but she put in her run and ran a good race.”



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