Quotes - $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1)

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Phil Oliver (winning trainer of Last Full Measure)

On why he chose to run her in the race

“I guess it just took me a while to figure out she wanted to sprint. The race didn’t seem like it was coming up that tough so we just decided we’d take a shot and it turned out pretty good.”

 

Corey Nakatani (rider of Last Full Measure)

“My trip was great. I pretty much just listened to what the trainer told me to do. He said she’ll probably break with them, and she’s never sprinted. I said I’ll just hop away and hopefully they’ll go fast enough and we’ll come get the money right at the wire.”

 

Joel Rosario (rider of second-place finisher Byrama [GB])

“That’s a shame to get beat in a Grade 1 that little bit. If it had been three or four lengths, that would have been one thing, but she just got beat inches. We were pretty far back, but that’s her style. I wanted to wait, then she made a big move. She’s a very good horse.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Jamaican Smoke)

“She’s a fast filly, and she broke really sharp. She put me on the lead, and you know, she was late to switch leads, but she ran big anyway. We’re pleased about it.”

 

Francisco Torres (rider of fourth-place finisher Drama Drama)

“I had a beautiful trip. We kind of anticipated that there would be plenty of speed in the race and there was. When I called on her, she quickened up and just got a hair tired. We will be looking for bigger and better things for this filly.”

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