Quotes - $150,000 Woodford (G3)

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Michael Dilger (assistant to Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Bridgetown)

“A race this short we thought Javier (Castellano) could do whatever he thought best. He knows the horse well; he’s ridden him plenty of times before. I think he rode a great race.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning jockey)

“It was a beautiful trip. It worked out great for me. My horse didn’t break that sharp. I took my time on the backside. They went pretty fast in the first quarter mile. He settled beautifully behind the leaders and when I asked him he responded so well. He got it done.”

 

On winning another Keeneland stakes

“This is a beautiful place. It couldn’t be better. I love Keeneland. I have had a lot of fun, a lot of success. I’m looking forward to more.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of second-place Great Mills)

“My horse is fast, he has speed. The main thing is he was relaxed and comfortable. It wasn’t like he was going too fast. I wish the one on the inside (Ginplay) didn’t come with us. But that’s part of the race – it’s five and a half furlongs and you have to go. He ran great.”

 

Bret Calhoun (trainer of third-place finisher Chamberlain Bridge)

“I thought he ran a great. He had a good trip. No excuses, no complaints. These horses are the top echelon of their division. You could run this race several different times and get several different results. I don’t think we will go to the Breeders’ Cup. I don’t think (Santa Anita’s) downhill (turf) course would be to his liking. He’s been awful good to us. He’s still healthy and sound and we hope to be able to keep running.”

 

Paco Lopez (rider of third-place finisher Chamberlain Bridge)

“I had the best position. I waited and waited in position at the quarter pole and the number two (winner Bridgetown) moved a little bit and we were really close. (Bridgetown) opens up in the middle and did the best job. My horse was running well.”

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