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.”

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard favored Point of Entry (No. 1): “We all know that this type of course is not his favorite, but every time you ask him to run, he gives you everything he has. It’s really nice to be able to ride these kind of horses. Sometimes it looks like he’s not going anywhere, but he’s running hard. He’s so big it takes him a long time to get going, but he still runs his heart out.”

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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