Friday, November 01, 2013
Quotes for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf
Richard Hughes (jockey, Chriselliam, 1st) – “She’s one of the best fillies I’ve ridden and she proved it today. She had no problem adapting to the firm turf and had a nice rhythm going down the backstretch. I won a Group I (Shadwell Fillies Mile) with her the first time I got on her at Newmarket. The trainer asked me to gallop her after that and I told him after the gallop, that if I hadn’t ridden her before, I would have never thought she would get a mile because she had so much speed. This is one of biggest wins of my career. It’s a pity my family couldn’t have been here.”
Jose Lezcano (jockey, Testa Rossi, 2nd) – “She broke good, got a good place, and I could have gone outside, but I stayed inside and got through. She gave me a great closing kick.”
Chad Brown (trainer, Testa Rossi, 2nd; Ready to Act, 6th; Kitten Kaboodle, 11th; and Granny’s McKitten, 12th) – “The winner looked very impressive to me, so I can’t say if there was anything that cost me the win. I’m proud of the way she (Testa Rossi) ran. She fired another big one for me. She’s a nice filly.
“I thought Ready to Act ran quite well. She was right up there attending a strong pace and still looked like she was trying to hang on for a piece late. The other two ‘Kitten’ horses (Kitten Kabooble and Granny Mc’s Kitten), it just seemed like they made a little middle move and flattened out, according to their jockeys. I’ll analyze the race and see how they came out of there. Clearly, Testa Rossi ran the best.”
Joseph Talamo (jockey, Colonel Joan, 3rd) – “She ran an unbelievable race for a maiden. It was a heck of a race. I had a great trip, followed the winner the whole way. She ran an unbelievable race and my compliments to her.”
Eoin Harty (trainer, Colonel Joan, 3rd) – “I’m ecstatic. I’m over the moon. I’m over the moon for my wife. She’s by Colonel John who was such a big part of my life.”
Olivier Peslier (jockey, Vorda, beaten favorite finished 7th) – “It may have been the ground today. She was more comfortable last time at Newmarket on softer turf and the competition was tougher today. She’s OK. She’ll be all right next year. The trip wasn’t too far.”
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