Saturday, June 08 2013

UPDATED: Belmont Stakes (G1) Top Four Finishers Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because of the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big [race] there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done. It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”

“To be honest, I need to see the replay [for the other horses]. I only got to see the race once. I got to talk briefly with [Garrett] Gomez about Midnight Taboo, and Johnny [Velazquez] briefly about Overanalyze, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to Javier [Castellano] about Revolutionary or Rosie [Napravnik] on Unlimited Budget.”

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