Quotes - $150,000 Fayette (G2)

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Kenny McCarthy (assistant to Bill Mott, winning trainer of Newsdad)

 “It was not our game planning going out there to be that far back, to be honest with you. He’s got a big cruising speed so we thought he’d be a little closer. Leaving the gate, he looked like he stumbled just slightly and then after that, you have to leave it up to your jockey. I thought Julien (Leparoux) did a great job on him. Just tucked him in the first turn, let him go extend himself down the backside and came very smoothly into the stretch.”

 

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)

 “That (off the pace) was a good place for us. Usually, he runs 1 ½-mile races where they go a lot slower, so he’s a little bit more forward. Today he was in the back, happy. On the backside, he started picking it up and at the three-quarter pole I knew I had a lot of horse. He came running.”

 

Leandro Goncalves (rider of second-place Nikki’s Sandcastle)

 “I had to check him a little bit in the first turn, but after that he settled pretty good the whole way, you know, a couple of lengths off the pace. In the stretch he tried to lug in a little bit, but he finished well. He was closing well in the last part, in the final eighth (when) he kept on running. Second best. Couldn’t beat the winner.”

 

Calvin Borel (rider of third-place Take Charge Indy)

 “For his first start back after the (Kentucky) Derby he was very impressive. For him to come back like this; he’s a great horse and he showed it today.  I was pressed almost the whole way and only got beat, like, two lengths, so I was very impressed with the race. I was busy with the

6 (Salto [IRE]) but I could see (the 4, winner Newsdad) coming on the outside. My horse was faltering a little bit but, you know, he’s supposed to, being off that long. This gets him ready now for the Clark (Handicap-G1 on November 23 at Churchill Downs) and then we’ll go from there.”

 

Rosie Napravnik (rider of beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Salto [Ire])

 “I had a great trip. This is a really cool horse. He stalked the whole way. He was really putting his nose out and was fighting the whole way down the lane. Calvin (Borel on frontrunner Take Charge Indy) and I were both riding for our lives. Honestly, when we were running down the lane, I thought either of us could win it. This is a pretty tough field – some tough competition in here.” 

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