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Monday, October 14, 2013


$400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)


Mike Maker (winning trainer of Kitten’s Dumplings)

“Good ones are easy to (train). She’s a little tough to deal with. She needs more schooling in the winner’s circle. She looked a little nervous in there.”

On why jockey Julien Leparoux rode the filly onto the track early while the remainder of the field stayed in the paddock and walking ring

“With the crowd today at Keeneland (32,717, a record attendance for the fall meet), we thought we’d get her out of there and play it a little safe.”


Julien Leparoux (winning jockey)

“She always comes from behind. We had the pace today; they went very fast up front. I tried to settle her behind, and she made a big run at the end.”

On whether he knew favorite Alterite (FR) was coming near the finish

“I tried to get a jump on Johnny (Velazquez, riding Alterite) before I actually asked this filly. We got to the lead and he never could catch us.”
John Velazquez (rider of runner-up and beaten favorite Alterite [FR])

“Seemed to have a good trip and she ran hard. They were going a little faster than I anticipated, but she came down the lane and put up a good fight and got beat by a nice horse. She ran the best she could, that’s for sure. She didn’t give up at all. When the other horse (Kitten’s Dumplings) passed her, she tried to come back again. (Kitten’s Dumplings) was just better than mine today.”
Chad Brown (trainer of Alterite)

“I didn't like my trip; she was too wide the whole way. The winner really ran good. She's a nice filly. I was not happy with the trip. I thought she lost too much ground the whole race. She's been looking great here. I have no excuses with her training.”

Rosie Napravnik (rider of third-place finisher Caroline Thomas)

“I had a good trip. My filly was really off the bridle today and took a lot of encouraging, but she dug in down the lane and ran very well.”

Barclay Tagg (trainer of Caroline Thomas)

“We're very happy. She's a Grade 2 winner and now Grade 1 stakes-placed. She (owner Joyce B. Young) won this race with this filly's mother (Bit of Whimsy) several years ago. She was just delighted to be invited to the race. (Caroline Thomas) ran very well. She was way back.”

Gary Boulanger (rider of fourth-place finisher Leigh Court)

“(Running on the front end) is her style. Maybe the last sixteenth was a little much for her, but she ran a tremendous race. She's a gutsy filly, and she dug in the whole way. (At) a mile and a sixteenth, I think she's difficult to beat. A mile and an eighth ended up being the difference in her winning and running fourth.”



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