Quotes from the $150,000 Bewitch (G3)

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Alan Garcia (winning rider of Inimitable Romanee)

“The (outside 12) post position I had was a little difficult. I had to use my filly a little bit in the first part of the race. After that, I wanted to save all the ground I could. In the last part, I said, ‘Let me move out and see if she’s good enough.’ She was good today; she was the best.”

 

James Graham (rider of runner-up Aigue Marine [GB])

“Great trip, sat second, picked up (the pace) turning for home, and in all honesty I thought I’d beat them a good head.”

 

Joe Rocco Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Caroline Thomas)

“My filly comes from the back. I was hoping to get a little better position than I could at the break. Coming from (post position) 10 I kind of had to sacrifice forward position for getting in to save some ground. It worked out. When I called on my mare, we had to zigzag through traffic in the stretch, but we found an opening and came running.”

 

Rodolphe Brisset (assistant to Bill Mott, trainer of fourth-place finisher and 7-10 beaten favorite Romantica [GB])

“We got perfect position in the race but no pace to run at. With this kind of distance, she didn’t show the same kick. We don’t think it was a disappointing race; you’ve just got to start somewhere. That was the right race for now and she’s got the whole year to redeem herself.”

 

Joel Rosario (rider of Romantica)

“She was just a little bit tired, but it was the first time after the Breeders’ Cup (Filly and Mare Turf-G1 in which she finished second). That was a good race.”

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