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Sunday, October 21, 2012




Tom Bush, winning trainer of Unbridled Command (No. 8): “The trip was beautiful and I loved when [Ramon Dominguez] moved him up just a couple of spots down the backside when they were going pretty slow. Ramon said he was really handling the surface; he didn’t have a bobbling step to him, and that gave him a lot of confidence, too. He’s just a horse that continues to move forward, and it’s exciting. Visually it certainly was his best race…and he’s improved in the morning as well. He’s just a smoother, kinder horse and his breezes are more professional. He’s coming the right way.”

“If he’s healthy and nothing’s amiss, we haven’t ruled out running him in the Hollywood Derby [Grade 1, 1 ¼ miles on November 25 at Hollywood Park].”

Ramon Dominguez, winning jockey aboard Unbridled Command (No. 8): “He had run on soft ground and run well. He was just floating on top of the soft ground. He didn’t mind it at all. When he saw an opening on the rail, he didn’t hesitate at all.”

“He won a Grade 3 last time, the Saranac. It was a pretty good race. Tom is under the impression this horse is maturing and getting better, so he might still be on the improve.”


Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Matchmadeinheaven (No. 12): “She’s still a baby, and every horse that came to her she was backing up, backing up. When I got to the quarter pole, I swung out and she took off like she was breaking from the gate. She’s a very nice filly and she’ll get better with more racing.”

Penny Hallman, winning owner and breeder of Matchmadeinheaven (No. 12): “It was my father [Seymour Cohen’s] mare, Open Marriage, and she was our foundation broodmare and used to have a lot of nice horses, Chasin’ Wimmin, Pentelis, and See More Spirit, who is named after my dad. The mare died when this foal was born, and that’s kind of where we got the name, Matchmadeinheaven, and it was also named after my [late] parents, who are not with me but are always with me.”



David Donk, winning trainer of Hessonite (No. 1): “What can I say? A really nice filly. It’s a pleasure that she’s in my barn. I had a lot of confidence in Ramon. I’m biased – I think he and Johnny [Velazquez] are the two best riders in the world. It looked like the field was going to separate turning for home, whether he wanted to go inside or outside. They’re a great team.”

“I don’t know if I’ll run her once more [this year] or put her away. She’s nominated to a sale, but I don’t think she goes there. We’ll probably run her next year. I’d like to try the long series, the graded races, here in the summer. I think, long-term, that would be my plan.”

Ramon Dominguez, winning jockey aboard Hessonite (No. 1): “Today, she was just taking me there. Turning for home I was behind a wall of horses, but I felt that one way or another, I was confident she would find a way through, and she did. Honest to God – and I’m not just saying this because she won the race, I’ve been saying it for a while – she’s one of my all-time favorite horses to ride. Whatever you want her to do, she will do it. Such a nice, nice horse to ride.”



Phil Serpe, winning trainer of Weekend Hideaway (No. 4): “I actually did all the breeding with [Carl Lizza, breeder of Weekend Hideaway], so this has a lot of meaning to me more than just winning this race because we bred all these horses. Fortunately, Mike Hoffman of Red and Black Stable stepped up and bought four of the yearlings [at the dispersal sale]. This is one of them. We liked him a lot, he was a nice-looking colt, and I knew him since he was born.”

“Flying Zee was the largest breeder in New York before Mr. Lizza’s death, so he had a lot of mares to work with. We would just sit down and go over mares. It’s easy to punch some mare’s name into a computer and come up with a nick and let some electronic system do it. Mr. Lizza and I used to like to sit down, we’d go over four or five sires we thought might fit a particular mare and how those horses were on the track, and that’s how we would base our decision.”



Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Mine Over Matter (No. 4): “Some might have thought it was an ambitious spot, but he had been doing so well heading into the race. In four or five weeks, we’ll maybe look for another New York-bred race for him. The Bromans are the nicest people in the world; anytime you can win a race and make them smile, it’s a good day.”

Ramon Dominguez, winning jockey aboard Mine Over Matter (No. 4): “Initially I was laying a little bit closer than what I was envisioning. I thought they would have run away from me a little bit more, but I was happy with the fact that he was relaxed where he was. Around the three-eighths pole when I had to ask him a little bit to save my spot, he jumped onto the bridle. Right then and there I realized that I had a lot of horse, and sure enough when I angled out turning for home he finished up pretty nicely.”



Jimmy Iselin, winning trainer of Willet (No. 9): “Even though you tell the rider she’s ratable and take your time, you start to get worried [the first three-eighths of a mile]. She’s such a good horse; she’s a very special horse. She looks like Zenyatta. I don’t know if she’s as good as Zenyatta, but she looks a lot like her.”

“We want to develop them to run long. Even after this race, we want to go further. You never count your chickens before they hatch, but we have it in our minds to go a mile and the logical race would be the [Grade 2] Go for Wand at Aqueduct [November 23], if she comes out it well.”

Rajiv Maragh, winning jockey aboard Willet (No. 9): “I wanted to be a little more forwardly placed looking at it coming into the race, but she wasn’t keeping up early, so I kind of had to go to Plan B. At the quarter pole, she just jumped in like a different horse and sprinted home. In the early part of the race I was a little worried because it seemed like she wasn’t quite getting hold of the track, but in the end she just took off.”

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