Quotes - $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2)

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Gatewood Bell (co-owner of winner Gypsy Robin)

 “She loves the track. She’s trained here. She’s always run well here. She’s a really fast horse. The Hall of Famer (jockey John Velazquez) made her look good. It helps having him on her back; gives you confidence. She just ran awesome. (Trainer) Wesley (Ward) had her primed today, and she’s a good filly and she ran well.”

 

 On trainer Wesley Ward, who was not at the race

 “He’s the man. We’ve had a lot of luck together. He’s been great to me. He knows his horses and he trains them very well. He puts them in the right spots and gives the jocks confidence when they go over there. They run like that.”

 

John Velazquez (winning rider)

 “I told (co-owner) Gatewood (Bell) that as long as she’s doing it easy I’m going to just leave it alone. I know she ran a really good race behind other horses going fast and she rated really well. I didn’t think they were fast enough to be in front of her today so I just left it alone -- whatever she wanted, wherever she was happy. When I got to the quarter pole, she switched (leads) and she went on and ran really well. She made it easy for me.”

 

Wayne Catalano (trainer of second-place finisher Sacristy)

 “I was hoping to turn the tables on her (Gypsy Robin, who beat Sacristy, also second in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Beaumont in April) today. But my filly ran huge.”

 

Miguel Mena (rider of Sacristy)

 “She ran great; good trip. We saved ground around the turn. She made her run turning for home. Just the 14 (post position) kinda killed us. It’s pretty hard to run that kind of race from that far out. She’s a nice horse. She closed really good.”

 

Jon Court (rider of third-place finisher Drama Drama)

 “I had a good trip but wasn’t able to get tucked in as much as I wanted and we were forced to come around a lot of horses. She rallied nicely when we got clear and put in a good run.”

 

Michael Matz (trainer of fourth-place finisher Assateague)

 “I thought she ran well. I mean, we were hoping she might win. I’m pleased, especially after the disastrous trip last time (finishing third in the Pebbles at Belmont Park), and running back in 12 days. After that race we wanted to try to shorten her up and see what happened.”

Corey Lanerie (rider of Assateague)

 “When we were on the turn, she wanted to continue her stride and I was having to wait for room. I think we could have been maybe third; I’d have been up there. She’s a big mare and she was kind of aggressive and wanted to lengthen her stride at the three-eighths pole because she doesn’t have a quick turn of foot. But she ran beautiful. When she got clear she came on, but she just doesn't have that quick turn of foot and the lead horses kicked away from her.”

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