Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ketel One Ballston Spa (G2) Quotes

Alan Goldberg, winning trainer of Laughing (No. 1) [by telephone]: "It was a great race. She ran well, and hopefully she'll come back well. She's a trier. She's real healthy now and I think she'll be a pretty good force in the filly and mare division. She's pretty tough. I actually thought she would [do it]. The other filly hung in there pretty good. Looking at her form, it looked like [Pianist] wanted to have the lead. She'd run her best races on the lead. It was a good horse race; it turned out really well."

Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Laughing (No. 1): "I figured to be up there with the pace. I let her break, and go from there. I liked the trip. She jumped a little in the bit, but when I asked at the quarter pole, she took off. It was kind of the same trip as the Diana. She felt comfortable and I let her do whatever she wanted. She is a very nice filly."

Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up Pianist (No. 2): "She runs so well fresh. She likes rock-hard ground. It was the perfect setup. We were just second-best today. Laughing is tough. This is three times in a row I have been second to her with three of my best fillies. These are three good fillies I have run against her and [Laughing] handled all three of them."

Mike Smith, jockey aboard runner-up Pianist (No. 2): "The hard ground, she loves the hard ground. That's what I think. She tried so hard, the other mare just outgamed me, man. She's just tough. I thought I had her. I got a neck in front of her and she fought back. You have to take your hat off to her."

Javier Castellano, jockey aboard beaten favorite and fourth-place finisher Hungry Island (No. 5): "The only way I got beat today was because the track is so fast. You don't see horses coming from behind. I think we just got beat because the horse that went to the lead never stopped, and my horse is a come-from-behind horse."

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