Quotes - $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

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Mike Maker (winning trainer of Joha)

“It was a tough beat last time (finishing second by a head to Balance the Books in the With Anticipation (G2) on turf at Saratoga on August 30), but I’m grateful for today.”

 

On whether the plan was to take the early lead

“I don’t think we really had an option. He was going to be forwardly placed no matter what post position he drew. But from the one hole, it kind of made it a no-brainer.”

 

Rajiv Maragh (winning jockey)

“This horse broke well from the gate. I got the lead and I got to slow it down going down the backstretch. He had a lot in the tank. He just kept on fighting when they came to him. He had a lot of power today.

“He seemed like once he got relaxed on the lead that he was going to give me more once I asked him. Once I did, he did kick on.”

 

Mark Casse (trainer of second-place finisher Dynamic Sky)

“He was the best horse in the race but he runs very green. He showed he could step up in class. I’m very pleased with him. If we ever get him to run straight he’s going to be really, really tough.”

 

On his next start

“We will give the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile-G1) serious consideration.”

 

Luis Contreras (rider of Dynamic Sky)

“My horse was trying to make a run and the other horse was pushing me out. I had lots of horse –

this horse can run. He had a little problem down the stretch keeping straight. My horse was responding from the horse on the inside; the horse on the inside was pushing me out. I had lots of horse. I really love my horse.”

 

Ken McPeek (trainer of third-place finisher Java’s War)

“The 12 (Dynamic Sky) came into us pretty good in the lane. It looked like we had a chance to win it but he got bumped pretty good.”

 

On going to Breeders’ Cup

“We’ll see. We got a couple good choices between the dirt and the turf.  We try to get them a two-turn experience early on. I think that helps. Like this colt has had two races going two turns and has two nice wins. He won a stake in his last race (Sunday Silence at Louisiana Downs on September 8, but today’s obviously a bigger one.”

 

Jose Lezcano (rider of beaten favorite and twelfth-place finisher Tizracer)

“My horse did break very good and I got in position.  When I asked him (to run), I don’t think he  handled the ground good.”

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