Friday, November 01, 2013


Quotes for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile


Rafael Bejarano (jockey, Goldencents, 1st) – “I wasn’t worried at all (about the fast fractions) because I know how good this horse has trained. He broke so good from the gate, but the six horse (Broadway Empire) wanted to go the lead and put pressure on me. I made sure (my horse) got clear and then at the three-eighths pole, I knew what he would do.”


Doug O’ Neill (trainer, Goldencents, 1st) – “My only doubt was when they went a half in 44-and-change. But Raffi (jockey Bejarano) knew he was on the best horse and he rode him the easiest way to get in the winner’s circle. What a horse. We were really confident, but you never know.”

Joel Rosario (jockey, Golden Ticket, 2nd) – “I had a very good trip. I thought for a second the horse in front (Goldencents) was slowing down, but he just kept going. My horse ran real good, but he was just second best today.”

Ken McPeek (trainer, Golden Ticket, 2nd) – “He (jockey Joel Rosario) rode a good race and my horse ran a good race but like Ricky Bobby said ‘If you ain’t first, you’re last.’ No I’m just kidding. My horse ran great and I’m really proud of him.”

Alan Garcia (jockey, Brujo de Olleros, 3rd) – “Had a great trip and this horse was loaded all the way around. He ran a lot better for me today than he did in the Kelso the last time. Golden Ticket went by me at the half-mile pole and I just followed him, He ran hard all the way.”

John Velazquez (jockey, Verrazano, beaten favorite finished 4th) – “He got a horrible trip into the first turn and got banged around pretty good. He lost all chance.”

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Verrazano, 4th) – “It was just one of those things. This track is so speed favoring and everyone is just send, send, send. It changes everything.”



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