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Thursday, August 22, 2013

New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase (G1) Quotes

Jonathan Sheppard, winning trainer and owner of Italian Wedding (No. 1): "He's a tough, honest little horse. He seems to like Saratoga. He won up here two years ago. Obviously, he ran well in the Smithwick [second]. It's a handicap, so he was getting a little bit of weight from some of the top horses. Bernie [Dalton] seems to really suit him. He is a horse that I bred myself. I own his dam and his grandmother, and it means a lot. It was a fun race, and I was really proud of him."

Does winning this (race 14 times) ever get old? "Not really, no. I hope I can do it again."

Bernard Dalton, winning jockey aboard Italian Wedding (No. 1): "He ran really well last time in the Smithwick off about a year-and-a-half layoff. I didn't feel like he got tired the last time, and Mr. Sheppard said he felt like he had a horse that improved off that run. I had a lot of confidence going into the race. The horse jumped and traveled the whole way. I felt one come to me after the last [jump] and the horse did, too, and he came back on the bridle and kind of won a little easy in the end, you know? He just pulled away again. He was in front from the top of the lane and he just got a little idle. He made my job very easy. The trainer does all the hard work. We just steer them around there."

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