Saturday, June 08, 2013
Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Point of Entry (No. 1): “I thought he got into a good stride. I was a little surprised at the early fractions, I thought maybe Kimmel’s horse [Bombaguia] would be the speed, then the 6 horse [Plainview] went and whoever it was. He got him into a good spot; Johnny said that’s where he wanted him to be. For a horse who’s only run one time since last November, carrying 124 pounds, I think it was probably starting to tell on him a little bit the last eighth, the last sixteenth of a mile. As I told Johnny today, ‘It’s going to be a grind for this horse today.’ Soft turf, 124 pounds, hadn’t run but one time last November, we missed a race … I’m very, very proud of what I saw today. I saw [Real Solution] coming, and I knew we were probably getting a little bit leg-weary, but I knew he’d go on and finish; it was just a matter of whether he’d finish fast enough. He’s a very, very good horse.”
Joel Rosario, rider aboard runner-up Optimizer (No. 5): “He ran really well. He kept fighting. We were just second best. Point of Entry is probably the best horse on the turf right now.”
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