Quotes from $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1)

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Michael Matz (winning trainer of Hard Not to Like)

“I’m just so delighted and so happy for her. I was out of breath riding her; I don’t know how Javier (Castellano) did it.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning jockey)

“(The finish) really was (tight). I was concerned a little bit turning for home. But I kept track of the pacemaker (Cloud Scapes) and tried to find the best spot. It was a little tight but this horse has good heart. She came through on the rail, and I squeezed a little bit and she gave me good run at the end. I said when I got through, ‘I got it!’ She’s really nice and gave me a good run today.”

 

Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of runner-up Discreet Marq)

“My filly drifted a little bit in the stretch and the winner came through. My filly was fighting (in the stretch) and I didn’t want to stop her momentum. She ran big big today; perfect trip, she settled and relaxed pretty good. We tried.”

 

Jose Lezcano (rider of third-place finisher Abaco)

“The pace wasn’t very good in front and my filly was sitting in the back, but when I made my move she gave me an unbelievable run. She ran a very good race, and the last sixteenth I thought she might get there.”

 

John Velazquez (rider of eighth-place finisher and 3-1 favorite Stephanie’s Kitten)

“The only thing I can think of is that she ran (bad) on the grass here last year (finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup) and maybe she doesn’t like it here. I couldn’t get out. I was stuck on the inside.”

 

Chad Brown (trainer of Stephanie’s Kitten)

“She didn’t get a great trip. The inside post worked her disadvantage today. She just didn’t have much running room. We’ll just draw a line through it and get her back to New York.”

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