Sunday, September 15, 2013
Garden City (G1) Quotes
Chad Brown, winning trainer of Alterite (FR) (No. 4): "I think she ran terrific. She looks great. She came over to me in real good shape from her previous trainer, and she just settled in beautifully. Each week she's been here, she's adapted more. She's a high-strung horse, and I thought she handled herself in the race very well. She should improve from here.
"She ran terrific today, but I've got to tell you, I don't think firm is her preferred surface. If she can catch a little more give in the ground, she's probably even more effective."
John Velazquez, winning rider aboard Alterite (FR) (No. 4): "She was going so good that I didn't worry about [the moderate pace]. Chad just said, 'Make sure you tuck her in a little bit during the first part and work your way through and let her finish.' I didn't really have to work my way through, though. I just took her around and, at the eighth pole, let her roll right up to the horses in front of me. She did it pretty easily."
Martin S. Schwartz, owner of winner Alterite (FR) (No. 4): "I'm very happy. She got beat three inches in the Saint Alary and was the only horse to run in all three legs of the French triple crown for fillies. Mr. Brown has quite a way with the European horses. We bought her after the Boussac, after the Breeders' Cup, where we won with Zagora, so it was after our cup was full. We'll talk to Chad as to what might be next. I'd like to go to California again, but she likes a little cut in the ground. We were going to go to the [Grade 1] QEII at Keeneland [October 12], and there's always the [Grade 1] E.P. Taylor [October 27 at Woodbine]. She'll stay a mile and a quarter as she did in France. The sky's the limit, as they say."
Christophe Clement, trainer of beaten favorite and runner-up Discreet Marq (No. 2): "She ran a good race, but Mr. Brown's filly ran a better race; that's the problem. My filly ran great. She was just second-best. It happens. When I saw the fractions, I was very, very happy. She ran a great race; we just got beat today. We had to give the winner quite a bit of weight, but we'll be back."
Garrett Gomez, jockey aboard beaten favorite and runner-up Discreet Marq (No. 2): "She traveled really good the whole time. She ran a tough race down at Del Mar when she won the Oaks down there. The ground was maybe a little softer than she really likes. She got across it good enough. I'm excited about it. She's turning into a really nice filly and might be something special."
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