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Quotes for the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select

April 8, 2016

Quotes for the $100,000 Transylvania (G3)
Presented by Keeneland Select

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Emma-Jayne Wilson (rider of Shakhimat)

“I don’t know if I thought the win was going to be that easy, but I thought getting the lead was definitely going to be in our wheelhouse. Looking through the Form, we were the only legitimate pace. The last time he ran, he put up a quick opening quarter and was on the lead. But he settled back and was in my hands. I knew if I had the same kind of trip today, it would be a similar kind of effort.

“I had quite a bit of horse turning for home and I thought unless somebody comes with a rapid swoop where he wasn’t able to see them, they wouldn’t be able to creep their way by him:.”

Patrick Dixon (assistant to Roger Attfield, trainer of Shakhimat)

“He’d been breezing really good at Payson Park (in Florida). He matured really well. He was doing everything right, training well. He shipped well here and he’d been training really well. The only thing we were concerned about was the rain.”

Emisael Jaramillo (rider of runner-up J R’s Holiday, interpreted by trainer Jose Garoffalo)

“It was a perfect trip. It was a good experience for him. My horse ran a helluva race, but the horse on the lead was never challenged.”

Florent Geroux (rider of third-place finisher Inspector Lynley)

“Great trip. I was right behind the winner the whole way and he kept running. My horse just ran his race and we’ll see next time if he improves.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of beaten favorite Catapult, who finished fifth)

“My horse was kind of green down the lane. We had a pretty good race but when I started riding him he wanted to lug in behind (the leaders). I think my horse was just green, but it was a good (field), too. We ran OK, but I think he can do better.”