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Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

April 23, 2016

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Florent Geroux (winning rider of Da Big Hoss)

“He’s a very neat horse, push-button. You can put him exactly where you want to be. If there’s a bit of an opening, when you ask him to go, he can push through very clear and very quickly. I think that made the difference today, the trip and saving ground. When I was able to see the opening at the top of the stretch, my horse kicked on very nicely and kept going.”

 

Mike Maker (trainer of Da Big Hoss)

On what made the difference today vs. his last start on March 5 at Gulfstream when he finished fifth in the Mac Diarmida (G2)

“Gulfstream has a very firm turf course, and I’m not sure it was to his liking. That day, I thought it was a very speed-favoring turf course. We tried to put him in a hot pace, and it just didn’t work out.”

 

Joe Bravo (rider of runner-up Kaigun)

“What a warrior. What can’t you say about Kaigun? He just loves to win, runs good. Trip makes such a big difference when it comes to turf racing. Da Big Hoss and Kaigun are pretty much dead-even horses, but having the inside post got (Da Big Hoss) in the winner’s circle today.”

 

Flavien Prat (rider of third-place finisher Royal Albert Hall [GB])

“I got a good trip. I would have liked a little bit of a faster pace, but I was behind the winner and I think that’s the way to ride this horse. He likes to be a little quiet (at the beginning of the race) and then make the first move. He ran really great. He always tries his best.”

 

Gary Stevens (rider of fourth-place finisher A Red Tie Day)

“My horse was wanting to drift out just a little bit and I don’t know whether it was the inside (horse, Da Big Hoss) coming out or (Kaigun) coming in. It was kind of a combination. I told the stewards that is where I was going to finish anyway; my horse was tiring. He ran a great race.  I was very happy with the pace. I was walking the first part; the second quarter was real slow. I didn’t see the fractions (on the tote board), but I know in my head the second quarter was very slow. I was happy. This was a fun race to ride. It is the first time he had tried running this far and (trainer) Richard (Baltas) did a helluva job with him. It was a good effort from him.”