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Quotes from the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

October 6, 2017

Click here for a replay of the race followed by post-race interview with the winning connections

David Carroll (assistant to Mark Casse, winning trainer of Heavenly Love)

“Awesome performance. She trained beautifully. Great ride by Julien (Leparoux), and we’re so happy for the Oxleys; they’re unbelievable owners.” (Heavenly Love is owned by Debby Oxley, whose husband, John, owns two winners earlier on the Keeneland card. All three are trained by Casse and were ridden by Leparoux.)

On whether the filly will advance to the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

“I’m sure Mark and Mr. Oxley and Mrs. Oxley will talk about that. As long as she comes back good I don’t see why not.”

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)

“We had a great trip, sitting second (early in the race). She exploded (and took the lead around the final turn) but we still had some left. When she gets to the lead, she kinda looks around. She’s still a little baby, but she’s a very nice filly. She impressed me at Kentucky Downs when she won (a maiden race by 5 lengths on Sept. 17). She repeated it today.”

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of runner-up and beaten favorite Princess Warrior)

“Our filly ran good. This was her second start, first time around two turns. She stepped up really nicely today. You always want to win these races, but we’ll have to take second today. We have to be proud of her.”

Kenny McPeek (trainer of Princess Warrior)

“She ran good, real good. She ran like she was an experienced filly, and first time going two turns. I'm pleased.”

On whether she will continue to the Breeders’ Cup

“I don't know. We'll talk about it.”

Manny Franco (rider of third-place finisher Dancing)

“She surprised me. She broke sharp and took me to the lead. I just let her go and didn't fight her. I thought she ran a good race. She was comfortable and it was a decent pace.”

Luis Saez (rider of fourth-place finisher Sassy Sienna)

“She was traveling pretty good. I thought she was going to win the race. But when she really had to make the move, she didn’t really respond to me. I was following the winner, and she was right there with the winner. I thought we had her. She’s still young, she’ll be OK.”