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Quotes from the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3)

October 23, 2016

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Drayden Van Dyke (winning rider of Elektrum [IRE])

“(Trainer John Sadler, who was not at Keeneland for the race) just told me to come here and ride a good turf race. (He said) the (race’s 1½-mile) distance is not a problem (for her). Just ride a good turf race and get lucky and we did.

“(My trip) was perfect. I was inside the whole time. I had to pull out midstretch, and she finished the rest of the way herself.”


Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of runner-up Apple Betty [IRE])

“We had a good trip. She stormed home pretty fast after just waiting around. I wish I would have waited a little longer, but I uncovered her a little early and she got run down late. I knew they were going slow (on the front end), but I had my filly cranked down and she was tugging on me pretty good. When I uncovered her, she ran home big but maybe moving a little early cost us. Her trainer told me she is a nice filly and to just wait to make a run. They were high on her. I wish we could have won.”


Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Swear by It)

“My trip was good. She was in the back biding her time and when I called on her she gave me a big run. We were lucky enough to thread through traffic and not have much problem. (The fractions on the front end) were OK. In hindsight, I would have liked to have been a little closer but I also might have been in a lot more traffic, too. All in all it was a great effort. She was a longshot and she really came through.”