Friday, May 02, 2014
Trainer Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks
TRAINER QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS
Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."
"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."
"The development of the filly, I think Rosie (Napravnik) has been a key part of it."
"After the bad race in the Breeders' Cup I think the filly got back on track, ran a little bit better in the Starlet, but onCe we moved her to New Orleans, I thought the filly grew up a lot, filled out considerably."
"Riding Rosie over the last few winters on several horses, having some success with her, liking her demeanor and her way with her, especially with one as talented as Untapable, but also a touch on the moody side. I think it's a perfect match."
Todd Pletcher, trainer of My Miss Sophia, second and Got Lucky, seventh – “I thought My Miss Sophia ran very well. She was well clear of the third-place horse. I’m very proud of her effort in just her fourth career start. Got Lucky made up a little ground late, but the quick pace we needed never developed.”
Dallas Stewart, trainer of Unbridled Forever, third – "Congratulations to Untapable and everybody there. We got outrun. She ran a great race. I'm very proud of my horse. Proud of Chuck Fipke. He bred her. What can I say? We'll be back here next year with another one of his, hopefully.''
Kenny McPeek, trainer of Rosalind, fourth – “She had a good trip. It looked like they ran away from her a little bit. She ran all right.”
Mike Maker, trainer of Thank You Marylou, fifth –"Just got outrun.''
Bob Baffert, trainer of Ria Antonia, sixth – “I think we got beat by a great filly. My filly was right there; she had a good trip.
Doug Anderson, trainer of Sugar Shock, eighth – “She ran her race. We got outrun. We are happy where we are at. Calvin (Borel) said she was comfortable. Maybe a mile or a mile and a sixteenth is better for her. Maybe not the mile and an eighth.”
Wayne Catalano, trainer of Aurelia’s Belle, ninth – “We thought she'd handle the dirt better than she did."
Tom Proctor, trainer of Please Explain, 10th – “There’s not much good to say. She didn’t run much, but that’s all she had. Give kudos to the winner.”
Simon Callaghan, trainer of Fashion Plate, 11th – “She lost all her chance at the start and just had difficulty with the other filly and broke last. It was not her game from there.”
David Vance, trainer of Kiss Moon, 12th – “She seems to be fine. She banged her head in the gate a bit and didn't hurt herself. (All the chaos) didn't help her and she didn't break well. She just was never in position. The pace didn't work out right for us either. We'll see. Time will tell. We have a grass future with her and probably will pull the plug the main track."
Doug O’Neill, trainer of Empress of Midway (Scrated at the gate) -- “She was in the gate and they were having a little trouble loading the favorite. They were smooching at her (Untapable) and it riled my filly up some. She false broke. Then she went down. Thanks goodness she was smart enough to stay down and not move; she didn’t go to thrashing. They got her out of there and we’ve got her now back at the barn. She’s fine. I’d say she’s 100 percent. We’ll fight another day.”
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