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Quotes from the $125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association

April 14, 2016

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Norm Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Catch a Glimpse)

On how she is maturing as a 3-year-old

“She’s always going to be a flighty filly in the paddock, maybe misbehave with the pony and those type of things. That’s just her. As far as her maturity as a racehorse, she is progressing very nicely. (Jockey) Florent (Geroux) can let those longshots go (to the lead), and she’ll relax for him. She’s becoming a better racehorse.”

On her next race

“We’ll see how she looks in the morning and see how she trains. There’s a race at Churchill for her Derby Week called the Edgewood (G3), and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to run her there in front of that crowd.”


Florent Geroux (winning jockey)

“Everything worked out good. Looked like on paper there was a couple of horses with speed right inside me, so I had nothing to worry about. Everything went good. She relaxed very good down the backside. When I asked her to go, she gave me a very nice turn of foot.

“Sometimes at the end (of a race), she gets a little bit bored. She does it so easily that sometimes she switches back and forth – left lead, right lead – but I think it’s just because she’s not really paying attention because no one is really challenging her.

“She proved she was the best today.”


Javier Castellano (rider of runner-up Ava’s Kitten)

“I thought I was going to (win). Perfect trip. I rode a good, good race to beat (Catch a Glimpse), but she’s a champion filly. She won the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1), beat every horse and we were just second-best today. My filly ran so well. I just couldn’t go by.”


Drayden Van Dyke (rider of third-place finisher Outsider Art)

“She broke like a rocket. I was watching Catch a Glimpse and she got the ideal trip. I was just trying to get second or third. Another sixteenth of a mile may have made a difference.”


Jonathan Sheppard (trainer of Outsider Art)

“We are very happy with her race. Those were two nice fillies in front of her.”


John Velazquez (rider of fourth-place finisher Spinamiss [IRE])

“I had a great trip. I just didn’t have the horse to stay there.”