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Quotes from the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3)

April 15, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (April 15, 2017) – Quotes from the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3):

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Kiaran McLaughlin (winning trainer of Watershed)

On winning his third race of the afternoon

“(Jockey) Paco (Lopez) rode a great race. It’s always wonderful to win here in our hometown, Lexington, and at Keeneland. It’s a great crowd, great people and it’s fun to win.”

On racing Watershed in the Ben Ali

“We tried him on the turf, and last time he ran well, but we thought he was better on dirt. We’re happy everything worked out today.”

Robby Albarado (rider of runner-up Eagle)

“I had a decent trip. I had to go pretty wide around the turn, turning for home. He wasn’t giving me what I needed inside, so I went around with him and he ran hard. He ran down some nice horses today to get up for place.”

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Bird Song)

“We had a great trip. Our horse did everything you could ask of him. It’s been Godolphin’s day today and they beat us again. We were in a great spot the whole way around. This is his first time running a mile and an eighth and he handled it really well. He finished up well. We just couldn’t win today.”

Ian Wilkes (trainer of Bird Song)

“Very good. I got a good ride. Everything was perfect. He just wasn’t good enough today. I think he’ll improve off this race immensely. I think he’s learning, settling. He nearly held on for second. I’m very proud of him. These are good horses. We had a little pace pressure up front but that’s not an excuse.”