Sunday, July 06, 2014
Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Mr Speaker (No. 9): "He definitely redeemed himself; his last race was very disappointing. He trained well coming up to today and we changed our game plan; I wanted him back. Jose [Lezcano] rode a great race on him. We're tickled that Martin [Panza] carded this race and we're tickled to death that we won it."
"I thought we were fine. I was keying on the horses that were second and third; I wasn't worried about the horse in front. I thought he was going to fire today; it was just a matter of if he's good enough."
Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Mr Speaker (No. 9): "I got a perfect trip. We broke, and I got the position I wanted. I let him settle. Last time, he was a little aggressive. It was a five-horse field, he broke, and no one wanted to go, so he took the lead. Today, on the backside, I made a little move to try and hold my position. Then I followed a horse I saw running; I think I followed the right horse (No. 4 Adelaide)."
T.J. Comerford, assistant to Aidan O'Brien, trainer of beaten favorite and runner-up Adelaide (No. 4): "He ran well. Colm [O'Donoghue] is happy with him, and [O'Brien] is happy with him. He ran a good race."
Colm O'Donoghue, jockey aboard beaten favorite and runner-up Adelaide (No. 4): "I had a trouble-free trip. He sat beautifully and ran strong the last two furlongs."
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