Saturday, June 08, 2013
Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because 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.”
Shug McGaughey, trainer of third-place finisher Orb (No. 5): “He just ran OK. He made a good run around the turn, but we had given up so much. The speed horses held all up front and we just couldn't catch them."
"It's been fun. I've got no problems with anything. Everything's fine with me. I just wish we had showed a little better performances in the Preakness and the Belmont.”
"I don't think he got tired. He put a pretty good run in to get to where he was, and those horses just weren't coming back. If they had come back, we'd have been fine. They shook loose and we were just too far back to catch them.”
"I thought there would be some pace. I was a little concerned because we were pretty far back."
Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of fourth-place finisher Incognito (No. 6): “We’re very pleased to finish fourth. I thought he ran a great race and we’re very happy with him.”
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