Quotes from the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select

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Chad Brown (winning trainer of Ready to Act)

“She really deserved to win a Grade 2. She had a race as a 2-year-old up in Canada (the Grade 2 Natalma on Sept. 14 at Woodbine) where she was clearly in front and lost the jock and lost her chance to win a Grade 2. (Jockey) Javier (Castellano) did a great job once again keeping her straight. As you can see, she’s a work in progress. We still have some things to work out with her, but if we do get her running straight down the lane she’s probably going to gain a few lengths.

“We’ll take her back to our base in New York and look for something there for her.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning rider)

“Usually she would turn a little bit at the top of the stretch and start lugging in, but today she was very focused. She gave me a good run in the last part. She tried to lug in but I don’t think it was a big deal.

“I really liked the way she settled behind the horses. First time on the Polytrack and she handled it very well. I like the way she did it today. It was a great performance.”

 

John Velazquez (rider of runner-up Sweet Whiskey)

“Perfect trip. That’s what we wanted to do: cover up and try to make a run with her. She was tight in there inside and running a little spotty. She was squeezed in there pretty tight and she hesitated to go. We thought (the race) was going to set up (that way) and she’d be covered up. We thought she’d shoot through there but she didn’t go in there like I thought she would.”

 

Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Katie’s Eyes)

“I had a great trip. She popped out of the gate really good, put me right in position. I thought I would be laying just off the pace, and coming for home they put pressure on her. I thought she was going to give it up, but she gutted it out and gave me everything she had.”

 

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