Quotes - $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

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Buff Bradley (winning trainer of Groupie Doll)

“We know she’s right right now. She’s been training well up to the race. After she came out of the Presque Isle (Downs Masters Stakes, a Grade 2 race on September 8 in her last start), I really felt good. She came into form again. Sometimes when you give them time off like that you don’t know if they’re going to come back as strong. But she sure has.”

 

On winning a race like this at Keeneland and going to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) as the favorite

“I love it. (With) my team and family and friends here, it’s great to be here and win.”

 

Rajiv Maragh (winning jockey)

“The speed developed in front of her and I kinda waited patiently on the inside. When it was time to go in the stretch, I asked her to run and she sprinted home.”

 

On whether he had an anxious moment when splitting horses at the top of the stretch

“I had a ton of horse. I was just being patient. I just waited for the opening. I could have gone outside early but I would have had to go real wide so I was just patient and knew she was going to give me her run when it opened up and she sure did.”

 

Jose Lezcano (rider of second-place Strike the Moon)

“I had a perfect trip but the best horse beat me. I made a run when I wanted to make a run – I was clear the whole way. The other horse [Groupie Doll] is a very good horse.”

 

Wayne Catalano (trainer of third-place finisher Honey Chile)

“I thought we’d get an easier lead. But we got pressure early. I think that might have cost us a little. But she ran huge. She’ll get a little freshener, then there is a race in Canada in early November that we’ll look at.”

 

Robby Albarado (rider of Honey Chile)

“My filly ran wonderful. I would take nothing from the winner. She’s (Groupie Doll) a very nice filly. I was pleased (with her race). I had to get on her a little bit leaving there, but she kicked on turning for home. (She was) just no match for the winner today.”

 

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