Sunday, April 14, 2013

Arkansas Derby Quotes:

Owner Mike Repole, Repole Stable (1st Overanalyze) (via phone) – “When (jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) got off him after the Gotham he said he flattened out probably needed the race. Todd was going to run Verrazano in the Wood, so we decided to split the two horses up and come here. I wasn’t surprised that he won, but I was shocked at how easy he won. I’m really blessed to have a filly (Unlimited Budget) for the Oaks and now a colt for the (Kentucky) Derby.”

On trainer Todd Pletcher having three other Kentucky Derby horses – “If I can’t win, I’m always rooting for Todd. It’s a great trainer, but he’s an even better friend.

Rafael Bejarano (1st Overanalyze) - "This is my (Ky) Derby horse, I'm pretty sure. Thanks to Mr. Pletcher for giving me the opportunity to ride him today. My horse broke really good. I placed him right behind the early speed because I didn't want to rush him. At the half-mile pole, He started to chase the horses on the lead and he kicked clear. I had a beautiful trip. Once we got to the stretch, I felt like I had a lot of horse left and saved something for the next race."

Phil Bauer, assistant to trainer Ken McPeek, who filed a trainer's objection against the winner that was disallowed (2nd Frac Daddy): "We were in a full drive and he eased over on us. He (Martin Garcia) had to stop riding for a few seconds. It really did affect the margin of victory so i took a shot in the dark, But I was really pleased with the way out horse ran. You can't take anything away from him."

Trainer Ken McPeek (2nd Frac Daddy and 1st with Java's War in the Blue Grass): "The day was excellent. It makes all of the hard work you put in worth it. I couldn't see (from watching on TV in KY) what happened that caused the objection, but he (assistant Phil Bauer) had to put it in. But my horse ran great and he punched his ticket to the Derby. In the past he's shown a lot of talent and today he put it together. Victor (Lebron) did a very good job riding him. He let him settle and then kept him in the clear.

Jockey Victor Lebron (2nd Frac Daddy) – “My colt ran a game race. I’m happy with second place.”

Mike Smith – “He was just very uncertain over the surface and I tried to get him to settle. He was ok the first turn, but then he took four or five really awkward steps. I diodn’t see anything major causing it, but I just felt really awkward on him and figured better safe than sorry so I pulled him up. I didn’t want to take any chances.”

Ricardo Santana Jr. (3rd Carve) – “I had the perfect trip. I just wish I hadn’t been in the one hole.”

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