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Quotes for the $150,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select

April 7, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (April 7, 2017) – Quotes for the $150,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select:

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Tim Yakteen (winning trainer of Big Score)

“We were expecting a strong effort, but until you run you never know. He’s a good horse. I’m really happy for (breeder and owner) George (Krikorian). He stands (Big Score’s sire) Mr. Big, and this is a big start for him.”

On Big Score’s next race

“We’re going to look at Churchill (Downs and the $300,000 American Turf-G2 on May 6) most likely next. First we’re going to digest this and then come up with our next move.”


Javier Castellano (rider of Big Score)

“I had a wonderful trip. I really like the way he did it today – very relaxed, very comfortable, good rhythm all the way through the race. I kept track of the pace. The way he did it (winning from off the pace) was phenomenal. I give all the credit to Tim and the owner (George Krikorian) and the wonderful fans here at Keeneland. Nothing better than to win the Transylvania on opening day of the meet.”


Luis Saez (rider of runner-up Holiday Stone)

“Big run – he was very nice. I thought he was gonna get it, then Javier’s horse (Big Score) came by. First time I’ve ridden him. (Trainer George Weaver) said just break and be comfortable, and that was it. And he was very comfortable. He ran pretty hard. I think he’s gonna learn a lot.”


Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Makarios):

“He ran an awful good race. He settled toward the back of the pack. I had never been on him before, and I think I left him a little too much to do or he could have been in the photo. He had a smooth trip, saved some ground and I tipped him out and he came running really good.”


Joel Rosario (rider of fourth-place finisher Ticonderoga)

“I was in a good spot. He just steadied a bit in the end. I thought he was going to have a little more finish. I don’t think they went very fast, and I thought he’d go a little more in the end. (He was) just kind of even today. “


Jose Ortiz (rider of fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Oscar Performance)

“I broke a bit slow. That is why I was not on the lead. It was a very clean trip.”


Bryan Lynch (trainer of Oscar Performance):

“No real excuses. He settled in nicely behind. The pace was not real quick and the rail opened up when it needed to but he just did not quicken. (First race since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-G1 in November) was a concern. He could have gotten tired. He was working on a much faster turf course at Palm Meadows (training center in South Florida). Maybe he was not as tight as I thought he would be.”