Saturday, August 24, 2013
Test (G1) Quotes
Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Sweet Lulu (No. 5): "I was a little concerned when she got headed, and then Julien [Leparoux] rode hard and she came back, fought back and won. She's done everything we've asked her to do. I didn't know if I should ship her this soon and come back here and try this, but she was doing so well and showing speed, and this is a Grade 1 and a very important race for pedigree, so we decided to try it."
Breeders' Cup? "I think we would look at something like that. I didn't make any other long-term plans. This was my point race; my owner agreed to it, and here we are."
Julien Leparoux, winning jockey aboard Sweet Lulu (No. 5): "The speed is pretty good today, so we wanted to have a clear trip on the lead or somewhere close. We got a perfect trip. Johnny [Velazquez, aboard Wildcat Lily] came to me, and it looked like he came maybe even in front of me, and she fought back and came back to win."
"She's been showing a lot in the mornings and every race. I only rode her the one time, but she showed a lot already. We were confident today, and she proved she was the kind of filly we thought she was."
John Velazquez, jockey aboard runner-up Wildcat Lily (No. 9): "Tough beat. She ran great. I thought I had them, but the horse on the inside had a little something left and it was probably a little too far for my filly."
Chad Brown, trainer of third-place finisher My Happy Face (No. 8): "She ran huge. Unfortunately, there were a lot of horses stopping at the quarter-pole. Mike just felt that there were a lot of tired horses ahead of him and they all decided to stack themselves across the track, trying to give themselves the best shot they could. Unfortunately it spun us seven-, eight-, nine-wide. She ran her race; it's just one of those things when you have a big field in horse racing. Sometimes you're not going to get the best trip. Mike did the best he could. I thought she ran her 'A' race, probably just lost a little too much ground turning for home."
Mike Smith, jockey aboard third-place finisher My Happy Face (No. 8): "I just got away slow. She kept coming, but just wasn't coming hard enough."
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