Quotes from the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)

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Ron Moquett (winning trainer of Whitmore)

“I’m very proud for him. He’s an awesome horse. I’m glad he got to show it today.”

On whether Whitmore will continue to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)

“I’m going to relish this Phoenix win. The Breeders’ Cup has been our goal. So if everything’s great, we’re going.”

Manny Franco (winning jockey)

“He broke sharp. Ron and I spoke before the race. I was 2-3 lengths behind. When I made my move, he was game. Never give up. Still running. We did it.”

Jose Lezcano (rider of runner-up Awesome Banner)

“He tried real hard, we just got beat. They went really fast early on.”

Jose Ortiz (rider of third-place finisher Limousine Liberal)

“Maybe he was a little wide but I did not have any trouble. No excuses. He ran very good. We might have been off (a step slow at the start) but the plan was to take him back anyway because there was a lot of speed in the race and it worked out well.”

 
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