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Quotes from the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1)

October 15, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2016)

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Jimmy Toner (winning trainer of Time and Motion)

On importance of winning the race for the Phillips family

“You don’t know how big this is. This is my third time for them. It’s been 20 years since Memories of Silver won. I was hoping I didn’t have to wait another 20 years. It was today or God knows when.”


John Velazquez (winning rider)

“I had a great trip. We came out of there running to make sure we weren’t too far back. Once those three horses (Catch a Glimpse, Hawksmoor [IRE] and Stays in Vegas) went on to (the lead in) the first turn, they set a good pace in front of me. Then I saved all the ground in the first turn. Going into the second turn, the horse on the outside I anticipated was going to come in front of me (Queen Caroline) (did) so (I thought) let me get out of here and go around her. I went around her and when I saw the quarter pole, (Florent) Geroux was already tapping on his horse (Catch a Glimpse). I thought, well, he’s done then. So I’ve gotta worry about the horse next to him.

“I thought I had the horse. When I got to the horse in front of me (Hawksmoor), my horse didn’t want to pass; she wanted to stay with her. ‘No, Mommy. Come on. Stay on it. We gotta pay attention here.’ That other horse (Harmonize) came on the outside of us, and that’s what made her go forward. It was worth it.”


Junior Alvarado (rider of runner-up Harmonize)

“I was in front of one horse the first half of the race. I was following John Velazquez (aboard Time and Motion) and Jose Ortiz (aboard On Leave), two of the favorites. I was hoping some space would open up to follow them so I didn’t have to go wide. Getting close to the quarter pole, I saw Jose still stuck on the rail and Johnny had to drift out, so I knew I had no more choice. I had to go out. 

“I put her on the outside; it took a little momentum to get going. But once she gets going ... I had my hopes coming down the lane that I might get it. She ran huge. Can’t take anything away from the winner. They both ran a winning race today. It was a wide-open race. They were all pretty even. I would have loved to win but love the way she ran today.”


Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Hawksmoor [IRE])

“It was good. She jumped away well and put me right in the race. She was a little keen – more than I expected – but it never took away from her (performance). When I asked her, she gave me everything she had.

“I could feel them (Time and Motion and Harmonize) the whole way. That race was about three jumps too far.”


Florent Geroux (rider of beaten favorite Catch a Glimpse, who finished seventh)

“She went a little quicker the first quarter than we wanted, but we slowed it down pretty good the second quarter. We went from :23 (:22.99) to :47 (and change) but obviously we wanted to go a half in :50 and change. She got tired.”


Mark Casse (trainer of Catch a Glimpse)

“She’s run hard all year. Maybe she just didn’t bring her A game today. We’ll go home and regroup. I was surprised that the other horse (Hawksmoor [IRE]) was right on top of us and she ended up running really well (finishing third. I don’t think the time was too fast. We just had a bad day.”