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Sunday, August 18, 2013


Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) Quotes


Barclay Tagg, winning trainer of Caroline Thomas (No. 7): "She ran a splendid race. Whether we got put up or not, she was only beaten a couple of inches. She ran the race we've been looking for. We had the Grade 1 Garden City [September 14, Belmont Park] and the Queen Elizabeth II [October 12] that her mother [Bit of Whimsy] won at Keeneland in mind all along, but our confidence was wavering a little bit with all the problems she had trying to get going in the races.


"We've been a little guarded about her this summer because her races haven't unfolded right. The speed would get away from her each time and sometimes she was way, way, way too far back. I talked it over with Rosie [Napravnik] ahead of time and I had her breeze her the other day. I thought she was in tip-top shape. I had a lot of confidence in her or I wouldn't have put her in there. I don't think anybody would have minded if I didn't put her in there. Our big plan was the Grade 1's in the fall, and I thought we weren't going to get her to them if we didn't run her somewhere."

On the disqualification of Nellie Cashman (No. 4) from first to third: "I thought it looked like you could take it down and not be criticized for it. Everybody had to move out of their lane."

Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Caroline Thomas (No. 7): "Even though we were lucky to be put up for the win, I thought my filly really ran a winning race, anyway. She worked so excellent over the grass the other day. I had a lot of confidence in her and she ran excellent. "

"I wasn't impacted by the drifting out, but Javier got squeezed, so I was wondering whether he claimed foul on just one of them or both of us. I was confident that I had kept my path straight, but I figured he may have taken a shot, and I don't think we would have come down, anyway. I can say I am glad I didn't have to claim foul on Forest [Boyce, aboard No. 4 Nellie Cashman, disqualified from first to third]; she is a good friend of mine and her filly ran great, but you know my filly ran a winning race as well."

Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up via disqualification Watsdachances (No. 3): "I thought she ran great. Javier rode her well. He executed the plan; we wanted to keep her covered up as long as we can and then see if she'd kick down the lane. We're not the winner today; we got second money. There was some crowding near the wire, I need to look at it a little closer. Javier felt it at least cost him one placing, as he told me, and unfortunately the way the rules are, if you cost [another horse] a placing, you have to come down. I've been involved in some inquiries this week, they can go either way, and that's horse racing. I'm sorry for the connections, but in the end we got second money, and we probably deserved second money today."

Javier Castellano, jockey aboard runner-up via disqualification Watsdachances (No. 3): "When Caroline Thomas made that move, my horse took off again. I had to stop my momentum because the other horse inside, she drifted. I don't blame [jockey Forest Boyce, aboard Nellie Cashman], she did the best she could. But, she hit her right-handed and she never corrected the horse to go by. It cost me the place. I could have won by a neck, who knows? Unfortunately, it went a different way today."

"I like the way she did it today. Always, she performs great. Today I was satisfied with the way she did it. Unfortunately, the incident at the top of the stretch when the inside horse came out, it cost me the race, basically."

Bill Mott, trainer of beaten favorite and fifth-place finisher Tapicat (No. 2): "She had a great trip. Fast fractions. Our test was to see if she'd get nine furlongs, and it looks like we'd better stick with races around a mile."

Mike Smith, jockey aboard beaten favorite and fifth-place finisher Tapicat (No. 2): "She set some sensible fractions and I had every chance today, I just didn't pull it off. She was going great. I thought if she was going to get the nine furlongs, it would be today. She just didn't get it."



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