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Quotes from the $350,000 Elkhorn (G2)

April 23, 2022

Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with winning connections.

Luis Saez (winning rider of Channel Maker)

“He’s pretty tricky, but I rode him a couple times before and learned a lot from him. He used to run on the lead, but we decided last night to take him a little from behind, so the key today was to break and let the three horse (Two Emmys) go because we knew that was the speed in the race. So I sat right there at his shoulder, and when we came to the top of the stretch it was all about him.”

Flavien Prat (rider of runner-up Another Mystery)

“I had a good trip. He ran a good race. To be honest, turning for home I thought I may have had a shot but the winner was just better.”

Chris Block (trainer of Another Mystery)

“I am very happy. He stepped up against some really good horses today. (Jockey Flavien Prat) did a really great job with him. The race was in stakes-record time, and the winner is a classic mile-and-a- half horse.”

Umberto Rispoli (rider of third-place finisher Bemma’s Boy)

“He did very well. I had a beautiful position. I was behind the horse I wanted to be (behind). I wanted to be behind Channel Maker at the quarter pole when I wanted to make a move, and that’s what happened. (Bemma’s Boy) fought very hard until the wire. I was wishing when Another Mystery came on my outside he would push me a little bit more, but I think Channel Maker was just too good today and the other one just got me at the wire.”