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Quotes from the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)

April 21, 2017

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John Velazquez (winning rider of Unbridled Mo)

On having to hold off Power of Snunner down the stretch
“When (Unbridled Mo) got to the lead, she started waiting. When the other horse (runner-up Power of Snunner) got to her, she put in a nice fight. It was her, just waiting, looking at the crowd and everything. Thank God the other horse came to her and made her run again.”

 

Ginny DePasquale (assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher)

“She’s a fighter. I was sure she was going to dig in and try her best. We were really pleased with her. She’s been training very well.”

 

Mike Smith (rider of runner-up Power of Snunner)

“I let her run out of there to make sure there was a good pace. I tapped on the brakes in the middle of the first turn a little bit just to see if I could come from behind. I couldn’t stay up there (on the lead) and try to beat her that way. It almost worked, but it just didn’t. I thought I would catch her at the end. I came at (Unbridled Mo) with a real head of steam instead of easing up so (Unbridled Mo) would not have a chance to get back into it. It almost worked but it took a (2-5) shot to beat her.”

 

Joe Sharp (trainer of Power of Snunner)

“She ran great and Mike rode her great. Turning for home, I thought she would go on by but Unbridled Mo showed her class. And so did Power of Snunner. She’s seven years old and still firing the biggest numbers of her life.”