LEXINGTON, KY (April 15, 2017) – Quotes from the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L)
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Wesley Ward (winning trainer of Lady Aurelia)
“She’s a wonderful filly. Has a big future – excited to get back over to England to (Royal) Ascot (where she won the Queen Mary-G2 last year). She’ll train right here at Keeneland until we go.
“Lot of credit goes out to (jockey) Julio Garcia, who gets on her and works her every day. Instead of shooting to the front, he gets her to relax. He sits back with her and every time she works, she gets more and more relaxed. I think that’s going to be a big key to where we want to go.
“(Our) ultimate goal is the Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint-G1). That will be five-eighths on the turf (at) Del Mar. Should suit her perfect.”
“She did everything great. That is what we wanted to do: get her back, get her to settle and make a run.
“It is a big advantage that she has trained essentially her whole career here. She was settled on a hot day with a big crowd. A lot of fillies might be apprehensive when they ship somewhere but (being home) made a big difference today. This sets her up perfect (to return to Royal Ascot).”
John Velazquez (winning rider)
“She relaxed really well. At the quarter pole, I gave her a little kiss and she was in the battle right away. It was instantly.”
“I was concerned with that much speed in the race, I didn’t want to get hooked up head to head. I was talking to Wesley earlier today and he was a little worried that he hadn’t taken her to the gate yet, but I said that might be good, if she gets away a little slower without me having to take hold of her.
“Sure enough, she broke a touch slow. The other horses went, I gave her a little tug and she came right back to my hand. She relaxed really well behind horses, and at the quarter pole, when I asked her, she responded right away.”
Jose Valdivia Jr. (rider of runner-up Nobody’s Fault)
“I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I just got run down by a multiple group winner (Lady Aurelia). I am very happy with the way my filly ran."
Joel Rosario (rider of third-place finisher Ruby Notion)
“She broke very, very sharp and was able to hold on for third place. I never thought in my mind we were going to be on the lead, but after I was there I had no choice. Just had to let her do what she wanted and take it from there. She ran her race but just got beat by a better horse. She ran nice.”
Robby Albarado (rider of fourth-place finisher Triple Chelsea)
“I had a beautiful trip, nice inside trip. I called on her and she tried hard. We just got outrun today.”