Quotes - $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1)

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Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)

On whether he was concerned about how reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan would perform in his first race since November

“I was very concerned. People asked me earlier, ‘What horse do you fear?’ I said, ‘I fear the layoff the most.’ I didn’t crank him as tight as he needed to be for this race. Turning for home, I hoped he was going to win but I knew he might get a little tired. He kicked in on heart alone. He’s a good horse.

On how impressed he was with the performance even though he wasn’t 100 percent

“It just shows that he has a desire to win and he’s a really good horse.”

On whether he thought Wise Dan was a bit rank on the run down the backstretch

“Really I was surprised into the first turn (that) he was pretty relaxed where he was. Then down the backside when he saw daylight he wanted to grab the bit a little bit. But I’ve seen him tougher than that.”

On Wise Dan’s next race

“I’ll talk to (breeder and owner Mort Fink). He’s nominated to that race on Derby Day, mile and an eighth on grass (Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs). I don’t think that we’ll run him there. Maybe the (Grade 1) Stephen Foster (Handicap on June 15 at Churchill Downs) next time – just like we did last year. Maybe we’ll win it this year.”

 

Jose Lezcano (rider of Wise Dan)

“He was very fresh. He wanted to go on, but I wanted to slow him down. I knew that (Data Link) would be coming at the end. I waited as long as I could, but he’s a champion, you know.”

 

Javier Castellano (rider of second-place finisher Data Link)

“That’s his style; he’s a come-from-behind horse. It was a decent pace. My target was the winner. The better horse won the race. I was second best today. I am not disappointed at all in my horse and what he did today.”

 

Shug McGaughey (trainer of Data Link)

“He ran fine. He laid in behind that horse (Wise Dan). He settled in good and made a good run at him. He just couldn’t get by. He was second best.”

 

Corey Nakatani (rider of third-place finisher Mr. Commons)

“I wish there was a little more pace to run at, but the course is in great shape. Unfortunately, the race did not set up for us. There was no pace in the race, and my horse loves a target to run at. I was actually in a real good spot considering the race scenario. He just likes a little more pace to run at. Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way. Hopefully, next time we'll get a little more generous pace.”

 

Ian Banwell (owner of Mr. Commons)

“It was a great effort. I’m not at all disappointed in the way he ran against the best horse in North America. We could have used a little more pace; my horse needs a target to run at. But he’s fit and healthy and we’re happy with him.”

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