Sunday, February 24, 2013
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) Quotes
Trainer Shug McGaughey (Orb): "I was watching on the television so I couldn't see the fractions, but when they came into the picture I said to myself, 'If they slow down he's going to catch them.' Of course, Violence kept going a bit, but I still thought we had him. When he made the lead he did the same thing he did in the allowance race here, pulling himself up a bit. But that's just being young. The strides he has made this winter are just absolutely incredible...I think what happened is when Orb made the lead he started looking around a bit...but I think Violence made him that much more competitive. I hope that's what it was.
When asked if he was worried about the Kentucky Derby? "I've been worried about it since I started rubbing horses in 1972."
"John Velazquez said everything went great. I was concerned about the one post and the mile and sixteenth. I would have liked it to have been 1 1/8 but it wasn't. So there was nothing we could do but it worked out."
Jockey John Velazquez (Orb): “There was a lot of speed and I was actually able to get right where I wanted to be pretty early. I was told the horse likes to be on the outside and by the time we got on the backside I was able to switch him out and he was going along nice and smooth. I actually had to ride him pretty hard from the half-mile to the quarter pole to keep position and I hoped it wouldn’t take anything out of him for the stretch but it actually worked out great so I was right where I wanted to be.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Violence): “We ended up being pretty close to a hot pace and as he tends to do, when he made the lead he kind of idles a little bit. His last race he did kind of the same thing where he waited on horses. You could see Orb coming with that long, sustained run and I think Violence was able to dig in pretty well actually in the stretch and we just came out on the short end. We were giving some weight and it looks like Orb has really improved with Lasix. But overall I think it was a good effort.”
Jockey Javier Castellano (Violence): "I'm not disappointed. He ran a great race. I give the winner credit. He responded well every time I asked him to move. He ran huge off the layoff and I think this puts him in a great place."
Jockey Joel Rosario (When asked if he had any trouble aboard Speak Logistics) "No, I really didn't have any problems."
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. (Speak Logistics) on hearing question posed to Rosario: "Yeah, he had trouble out there - the one (Orb) and the three (Violence)."
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