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Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

October 9, 2016

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Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Keep Quiet (FR)
“I was a little scared that last sixteenth of a mile. This horse had a really good month in Saratoga (during the summer). He was breezing really well coming up to the race. He rewarded our confidence in him today.
“This is a super talented horse. We were disappointed in him early; we figured him out a little bit. He wants to be comfortable early. He didn’t want to be rushed off his feet sprinting. Flo (jockey Florent Geroux) gets along with him really well. We just let him be him.”
 
Florent Geroux (winning rider)
“I wanted to make sure he broke good today. Last time (in the Grade 2 With Anticipation at Saratoga in which he finished second), he broke a little bit flat-footed, a little slow, and I wanted to make sure he got away very nicely from the gate so I could take a better position in the race.
“We had a good trip. I was just behind two horses. From there, he settled nicely, relaxed. When the horses came next to him in the stretch, he was very brave and showed a lot of heart.”
 
Javier Castellano (rider of runner-up Ticonderoga)
“I had a good trip but there was a lot of traffic in the race. My horse started lugging in a little bit at the top of the stretch and in the last part. He was straightforward to the eighth pole but maybe he was looking around at the Grandstand or something. He started lugging in sideways and it was a little difficult to ride him in that part. He is a great horse. He is developing. It was a big step to move forward today. He hung in there so well mentally (except for) the last part. There is a lot of potential with him. He is going to be one of the best horses in the country.”
 
Robby Albarado (rider of third-place finisher Bird’s Eye View)
"My horse ran great. He’s a little on the green side, lightly raced like most of them in here, but I see a lot of potential in him. With racing experience, he’ll be a nice horse next year.”
 
Jose Ortiz (rider of fourth-place finisher Royal by Nature [IRE])
“Nice colt. He was two for two, he belongs on this level. He ran the whole way. So did the winner. He was ready.”