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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Capo Bastone (No. 3): "He's shown, on his good days, that he's good enough to compete in a race like this. He was pretty close to Forty Tales in the Derby Trial, and it seemed like he was training better than ever. Based off his breeze with Verrazano [on Sunday], we felt like it was time to take a shot. It seemed like everything was gelling at the right time, and he was sitting on a good one, so we felt like, 'Let's try a big one.' It seems like he has found his niche. I think he gets a mile, no problem, but this was a good set-up for him today."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning jockey aboard Capo Bastone (No. 3): "I had a good trip on the outside all the way. When I asked him, he picked it up, and he did the job. He was ready today. The trainer put me on the right horse. The horse was great, that's all I can say. I just waited to the three-eighths pole like the trainer told me. I just followed the instructions."

John Shirreffs, trainer of runner-up Mentor Cane (No. 7): "I thought he ran great. I am very happy with the race. He made the turn. You never know until the wire; someone is always closing."

Edgar Prado, jockey aboard runner-up Mentor Cane (No. 7): "He came out of there running. There were horses outside of me, and I thought I was going to sit right off of it. I think I was in a pretty good spot all the way. He took command around the turn very easily. He fought hard, but the other horse came from the outside. I thought the last eighth of a mile that I won the race."

Al Stall, trainer of third-place finisher Central Banker (No. 12): "This was a really good race for him, especially since this was the second race off a really long layoff. I thought he really ran well under these conditions. It has been a speed-biased track all day long. Sometimes when that happens, the jocks go out there in :44 and change. We thought there would be a good chance that the speed would come back, and it did a little bit."

Julien Leparoux, jockey aboard beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Forty Tales (No. 2): "He got in a little traffic, but when he got in the clear, he really came running. No more dirt in his face. Around the turn, I asked him to run; he took a little time to get going, but he ran big."

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