Sunday, November 04, 2012

Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Mike Smith (jockey, Mizdirection, 1st) – “Before the race, Mike (trainer Puype) told me ‘I don’t care if you ride her around them. I don’t care if you ride her inside them. I don’t care if you ride her in front of them. I don’t care if you ride her from behind – just ride her the way you know you can.’ I was really glad he said that to me because it allowed me to ride her with confidence. When we came across the dirt, I had a lot ground to make up but I was really confident I could.”

Mike Puype (trainer, Mizdirection, 1st) – “She was wide. She lost ground. She ran like a true champion to lose that much ground and still beat a field as talented as this.”

Corey Nakatani (jockey, Unbridled’s Note, 2nd) – “The race set up just the way we thought it would. I was able to get first run on a lot of the horse, but I couldn’t catch the winner. He ran a tremendous race. He didn’t deserve to lose. All we can ask for them is to do their best – and that’s what he did.”

Steve Asmussen (trainer, Unbridled’s Note, 2nd and Great Mills, 4th) – “What a great day. They’re all running. They’re all running great.”

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Reneesgotzip, 3rd) – “She broke well, put me in a good spot, tracked well, crossed the dirt well. Peter (trainer Miller) jiggled the idea of trying her on the turf, and when I worked her a half-mile on the turf here a couple of weeks ago she lit up my face.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Starspangledbanner, 10th) – “We’re delighted with him. I said to Joseph, if he’s rocking, let him rock. His best performances have been over five- and six-furlongs. Maybe this 6 ½ (furlongs) is just a bit too far. We can have some fun with him next year.”

Mike McCarthy (assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, Bridgetown, 14th) – “He wasn’t on his game today, I guess.”

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