Sunday, October 06, 2013

Juddmonte Spinster (G1) quotes

Bill Mott (winning trainer of Emollient)

“It was reminiscent of a couple of her past races where she’s taken herself back a little; she hasn’t broken as well as what she did in the spring. You could see we planned it (going to the front with jockey Mike Smith) tapping her on the shoulder leaving there and then we decided to go back to last.

“They don’t always do what you think they’re going to do, but the good thing was she came with a big run. Mike went to the alternate plan and the only thing you could do and that’s ride from where she broke and where she settled in. I guess we’ve got to do it their way once in a while.”

On whether the plan is to race Emollient in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships

“No plan on this point. We’ll have to wait and talk to all the bosses and see.”

Mike Smith (winning rider)

On her come-from-last performance compared with her front-running win in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland in April
“Recently for some odd reason, she has been wanting to come from out of it. The plan was if we did get away well, ride her out of there a jump or two and see where we were at. If not, sit back there and make one run. We had to go to Plan B, and it really worked. It’ll certainly keep her around a whole lot longer. At least she won’t have to do all the running on the front end and keep it going. It’s a great way to race if we can continue to do this.”

On whether he was surprised by her closing kick

“About halfway down the backside, I tested her a little and she was full of run. I knew she was OK.”

John Velazquez (rider of runner-up Summer Applause)

“Perfect trip. I had her behind the speed. I was behind everybody, just (going) naturally. By the time we got to the backstretch, I was feeling the winner (Emollient) was behind me, and I was waiting, waiting, waiting until she came up to me. Finally when she came up to me, we both went. But she was a little better than me.”

Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of third-place finisher Wine Princess)

"I thought she ran hard. Steve (trainer Steve Margolis) had her in good shape. She tried all the way. She gave me everything she has. She ran pretty hard.”

Eurico Da Silva (rider of fourth-place finisher Sisterly Love)

“We were where we wanted to be and she was very relaxed. If there was a little bit more speed, I would have taken her back. My race was fantastic. She ran very well. It’s too bad we lost, but she ran very, very good. She gave me good feeling and she tried her best.”

Rosie Napravnick (rider of sixth-place finisher and second choice Byrama [GB])

“I had a decent trip. I was in tight quarters, but I was still able to navigate where I wanted to go. She just didn’t really fire down the lane.”

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