Thursday, August 29, 2013

With Anticipation (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Bashart (No. 1): "Javier kind of let him run away from there, and he made the lead and relaxed. The turf course has been playing that way like the past seven to 10 days, so it was a good spot to be. He responded every time they came to him. He found a little more."

"He's still learning. When he made the lead the other day [August 18], he was a little bit green and kind of idled a little bit, but when you're on the lead, you can kind of relax and use that to your advantage. So, he was able to settle. The second quarter [mile] was comfortable, so I think that really helped."

"One of the reasons we decided to run back on short rest was it put us on a better schedule. It gave us an opportunity with a horse that's still learning to run twice ... before a possible Breeders' Cup. That's why he ran back on short rest, and he's acted really well since his maiden win. We got lucky today."

Javier Castellano, winning jockey of Bashart (No. 1): "I let him do whatever he wanted, and I was very satisfied with the way he did it today. He showed a lot of speed in the race before this. Today was a very competitive race and a lot of the horses showed the same tactical speed. I had the beautiful post, inside, on the rail He broke sharply, and I just let him go to the lead."

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