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Quotes from the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

October 7, 2016

Click here for the post-race interview with the winning connections

Graham Motion (winning trainer of Dancing Rags)

On why he ran Dancing Rags in the Darley Alcibiades

“I felt it was an open race. She just seemed to have done really well since her maiden win at Laurel (on Sept. 17) and progressively kept improving. This is the time of year when you’ve got to take a shot.”

On whether she will compete in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita

“We’ll talk to Mrs. Wyeth (owner Phyllis Wyeth), but we’ve got to think about it.”

Angel Cruz (winning rider)

“I had a great trip. I was in a good position, and the horse did her job. I cruised home to victory. I had plenty of horse the whole time. She gave me it all. Graham Motion had her ready, and thank you to the owner (Wyeth’s Chadds Ford Stable) for this grand opportunity. My first Grade 1 (victory and first mount at Keeneland.)”

Corey Lanerie (rider of runner-up Daddys Lil Darling)

“We had the 14 hole, and in the first turn we were a little wide. Then something happened down inside, they came out and bumped me out even a little wider.

“Coming up the backside, I got comfortable. I wanted to save some ground, but I had so much horse and her stride is so big, I didn’t want to get stopped. So I tipped her out and thought I had enough to get the job done. The wire came up just a little too soon."

Kenny McPeek (trainer of Daddys Lil Darling)

“We had the best horse today. Rough post position, and she was hung wide and wider both turns. She’s really special and we’ll go on to the next phase (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies).”

Brian J. Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Fun)

“We had the 1 hole; we had a great trip the entire way. My filly (Fun) ran good to be third. Any time you get a 2-year-old filly like that who’s graded placed in a Grade 1, that’s huge. She ran big today."

Jose Ortiz (rider of fourth-place finisher Caroline Test)

“She broke very alert. I stuck with the game plan to be on the lead and give her a breather on the backside. I have no excuse; she ran a good race.”

On setting the early pace

“This is a Grade 1. You are not going to go (a half-mile) in :50. She is very fast and she is coming off a sprint race. She broke sharply, so I tried to settle her down as much as I could.”

 

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