Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw Quotes

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April 9, 2014Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Emma-Jayne Wilson (rider of Asserting Bear, post position 1; 15-1 in the morning line)

“We just have to sort it out and go from there. A lot can happen. We got a mile and an eighth, so we've got a little bit of a run to the first turn to get things sorted out. We'll take it as it comes.”

 

Mike Trombetta (trainer of Extrasexyhippzster, post 2; 15-1 in the morning line)

“That is a good spot. I would rather be there than on the far outside. Hopefully he can get out of the gate in good order and get a good spot.”

 

Charlie O’Connor (director of sales at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud on Pablo Del Monte, post 3; 12-1 in the morning line)

“We’re happy about the 3 hole because he has plenty of speed. (Breeder, trainer and co-owner) Wesley (Ward) is very happy about it. (Pablo Del Monte) broke his maiden here at Keeneland (in April 2013) then came back and won an allowance, so he likes Keeneland and we’re taking a shot.”

 

Mike Maker (trainer of Harry’s Holiday, post 4; 10-1 in the morning line)

“It’s fine. We’ll do the best we can with what they gave us.”

 

Ken Ramsey (who bred and races 3-1 morning-line favorite Bobby’s Kitten with his wife, Sarah; post 5)

“He’s never really come from behind or got a lot of dirt kicked in his face. He didn’t come from off the pace in the Breeders’ Cup and was supposed to, so that didn’t pan out. But (trainer) Chad (Brown) thinks he can rate. We’ve got a really good post position, with the speed on the inside of us, so we’ll set out to develop our strategy. I think (the strategy) is to let the other horses go on and tuck in behind them and that way we won’t run those 1:09 fractions and we’ll have something left for the stretch run. He’s by Kitten’s Joy, so we know he can get a distance of ground.”

 

Justin Nixon (trainer Coltimus Prime, post 6; 20-1 in the morning line)

“The post is great. I feel fortunate that we got in the race and more fortunate with the good draw. That is a nice spot. Mr. (Jayson) Horner (the colt’s breeder) is excited with the 6 because he is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan and he got the (saddle towel with the) black and gold 6.”

 

Mario Morales (trainer of Casiguapo, post 7; 30-1 in the morning line)

“The post is excellent. I am very excited to be here with a good horse and to get a good post means a lot.”

 

Peter Eurton (trainer of Dance With Fate, post 8; 12-1 in the morning line)

“I couldn't ask for anything better. It could have been a whole lot worse. I did not want to be on the outside in the 10, 11 or farther out. He's a horse with tactical speed so he can be comfortable and not use himself too much. It gives him a whole lot of comfort zone going into the first turn because that first turn comes up pretty fast.”

 

Katerina Vassilieva (trainer of Big Bazinga, post 9; 20-1 in the morning line)

“I tend to like the post position. I was hoping for somewhere midpack so that's fine. Yeah, I think it'll give him (Big Bazinga) a chance to settle behind some horses out of the gate, get a good position and make a late run and go from there.”

 

Tom Bush (trainer of So Lonesome, post 10; 50-1 in the morning line)

“The draw is perfect because he is going to stalk and it will give the rider (Joe Rocco Jr.) the opportunity to see what develops. With blinkers on, he might not be as far back as he has been in some of his races.”

 

Mark Casse (trainer of Coastline, post 11; 8-1 in the morning line)

“For Coastline it’s a great post position. He’s got some speed but there’s some better speed in the race and from that position he’ll be able to scoot over and sit behind the main speed. If you offered me any post position I probably would have taken 9 or so, so 11’s not bad.”

 

Randy Gullatt (manager of Twin Creeks Racing, co-owner with WinStar Farm of Vinceremos, post 12;  8-1 in the morning line)

“He’s a horse that always wants to put himself into the race. He actually wants to be more forwardly placed than we would like for him to be, so I don’t think post position is a big deal with this horse. Obviously, you’d hate to be four- or five-wide in the first turn but that’s most likely the case. It is what is. I think he’ll be fine.”

 

Dale Romans (trainer of Medal Count, post 13; 9-2 second choice in the morning)

On the quick turnaround after Medal Count won the Transylvania (G3) here on Friday, April 4

“The Blue Grass is such an important race to a 3-year-old’s career. If he can win that, it puts him into a stallion barn. And the horse ran well on the race track. He came out of the (Transylvania) in good shape; it was a pretty easy race for him. And this is such an important race, we just don’t want to pass it up.”

 

On what he’s done with Medal Count this week

“I took him to the track two days. He’s been very good. He’s had a lot of good energy; he bounced out of the race like he never ran. I would have put a pretty stiff work in him on Saturday anyway, so I don’t think the turnaround is that big a deal and it actually may be beneficial to have had that race under his belt.”

 

On the post position

“He came from off the pace in the last race. We think he’s a very versatile horse. We have a good jockey (Robby Albarado) that can figure out the early pace and place him where he needs to be. Over a mile and an eighth, you’ve got time to let them settle. If he’s placed well going into the first turn, we should be OK.”

 

Scott Calder (sales and marketing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud on Gala Award, post 14; 5-1 in the morning line)
“Obviously, it’s less than ideal. I don’t think anyone wanted the 14 but there is nothing we can do now but hope for a little luck. He’s kind of sat just off the pace in his last couple of starts so hopefully he can go forward and with a little pace something will open up. (Jockey) John Velazquez is the best in the business so we’ll leave it to him and hope something good works out for us here.”

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