Quotes from the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

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Room Service and Rosalind finished in a dead heat for the victory

Wayne Catalano (trainer of Room Service)

“I thought I got nosed out. From the angle I had, I thought it was very, very close and it looked like I got nosed out. But when it took that long (to determine the winner) I said, ‘OK, I’ll settle for a dead heat now.’ ”

“She has matured and she is learning her job. I was very excited about the way she has settled down and learned how to do things instead of being young and excited."

On whether Room Service would make her next start in the Kentucky Oaks

“I will talk to the owners. They like to run in these big races. That's what we are all in the game for. Mr. (Gary) West is here today and that is a beautiful thing. I don’t get to see him that often and to win a big race was great.”

 

Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of Room Service)

“That was a long wait going in circles. I thought both fillies ran hard. Both had their nose down at the wire trying like hell the whole way. They ran a very good race. I can’t thank (owners) Mary and Gary West and Wayne (Catalano) enough for the opportunity.”

On being way back early in the race

“I just took my time on her. It seemed like there was a lot of speed in there and I just picked her up as she went along and she was very willing. She ran well.”

 

Ken McPeek (trainer of Rosalind)

“I thought it was a dead heat or that we won. I said (while waiting for photo) that if it was a dead heat, I was good with it because (it is so important) to get a Grade 1 win for a filly.”

“She is terrible about going to the (starting) gate and has been that way for her last four or five starts so I was really concerned about it. I don't know why – she does everything else perfect. But for whatever reason she gets fired up going to the gate.”

On whether he was considering running Rosalind in the Kentucky Oaks

“Yes, the Kentucky Oaks and the English Oaks (the Group 1 Investec Epsom Oaks on June 6) are under consideration.”

 

Joel Rosario (rider of Rosalind)

“It was a long wait. It was very close. I knew (Room Service) was on the outside coming at the wire. I knew it was very close. I thought we won and Shaun (Bridgmohan on Room Service) thought he won, too. It was an exciting race.”

On the finish

“She could feel the other horse coming and she kept on fighting and kept on going. For a second I thought I’d maybe get there but the other horse was coming with a strong finish.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher Thank You Marylou)

“We had a perfect trip, sitting fourth or fifth on the backside but pretty far off the pace. Then we got through on the inside. She ran big today.  No excuses, just third-best today. She might like the dirt a little better, so hopefully we’ll get to Churchill and win (the Kentucky Oaks).”

 

Mike Maker (trainer of third-place finisher Thank You Marylou)

"She ran super. She didn’t have much room turning for home, but when (jockey) Julien (Leparoux) got her through she came running. This was just her second start of the year and her first around two turns, so to get third in a Grade 1 is great."

On the filly’s next start

“We'll go to the Kentucky Oaks. (With 20 points for third) she should get in.”

 

Jose Lezcano (rider of fourth-place finisher and 8-5 favorite Testa Rossi [FR])

“(The race) was a little rough to begin with, but she recovered. I don’t think she handled the surface too good.” (Testa Rossi’s previous eight races all were on turf.)

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