Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ballston Spa (G2) Quotes
Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Abaco (No. 3): "I'm excited. In her last three races, she's really had some good moves and been unlucky to lose. Jose [Ortiz] rode a great race today and got her in good position. She's a funny kind of filly; if you allow her to lay too close she won't finish as well. I was a little bit afraid that if we did get a pace that he might let her ease up a little sooner than we wanted to. I told him she's going to be back, so you're just going to have to judge your move on what the pace is, and he did a good job of that."
"It took her awhile to get going. She probably ran seven or eight times before breaking her maiden, then won four or five in a row. I had to stop her again and give her a summer off, and she's been going well. My plan since the Sheepshead Bay was to wait for the Diana. Today, I thought going 1 1/16 miles she would get a little more pace. The pace was OK, but with a little bit of cut in the ground I knew it wasn't going to be blistering."
Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Abaco (No. 3): "She doesn't have any speed, so we have to rate her from behind, and today was the perfect trip. Down the backside I was behind the favorite [Filimbi], and that was the one I wanted to follow. I was right there, and when I turned for home I knew she was going to give me the big move she gave me last time. By the eighth pole, I knew I had Johnny [Velazquez, aboard Strathnaver]. I passed everybody else, so I knew there wasn't anybody else coming."
Graham Motion, trainer of runner-up Strathnaver (No. 4): "She ran great. I guess Shug got me back for [beating him in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational] the other day, right?"
Bill Mott, trainer of beaten favorite and sixth-place finisher Filimbi (No. 7): "She was just flat. No excuse. The ground might not have been preferable, but she was just flat."
Joel Rosario, jockey aboard beaten favorite and sixth-place finisher Filimbi (No. 7): "We had a good trip, a perfect trip. I thought I was in a good spot, but turning for home they kind of got away from me. She just didn't seem to have it today."
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