Monday, November 26, 2012
$250,000 Matriarch Grade I
EDDIE CASTRO, BETTER LUCKY, Winner: "I had a good break, but I really got scared n when (Dayatthespa) had trouble near the fence, after that I had a good trip. My filly gave me a real nice kick and that was good enough to win today."
PATRICK SMULLEN, EMULOUS, Sixth: "I was a little disappointed. She broke slowly, I know that can be a European thing; but is not normal in her, she really quickens out of there and I was never really comfortable through the race. She did not run her race."
JAVIER CASTELLANO, DAYATTHESPA, Fifth: "My filly was scared a little bit running inside horses. She got shy of that other horse (Future Generation) and jumped out around the first turn. She wasn’t the same after that."
JOSHUA FLORES (assistant trainer, Tom Albertrani), BETTER LUCKY, Winner: “Dayatthespa got an easy trip in Keeneland (Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 13). Unfortunately for her, it was a different story here, with that trouble on the turn. We were in the perfect spot today, right off the lead. It seems she likes to run from right off the pace.”
JIMMY BELL (Representing Godolphin Racing), BETTER LUCKY, Winner: “I would think she’d surely be racing next year. This is certainly a great way to cap off this year. She’ll probably get a little vacation in Florida. There are some good spots to pick, but right now we’re just going to enjoy what she’s accomplished and how she’s kept going. She’s never really been beaten very far in any of those races. She’s very game, tries and is dead honest. She had a little
bit better pace today, kind of sat in the garden spot and was able to kick on and kick clear. The race shape favored her a little more today than the Queen Elizabeth. I was surprised at her odds. I really felt if they (the public) respected Dayatthespa, you wouldn’t necessarily think that we’d be a 30-1 shot. She’s really blossomed, which gives us something to look forward to.”
MARTY JONES, TIZ FLIRTATIOUS, Second; “I couldn’t be happier. It would have been nice if she could have won, but just to have run against those fillies in that type of race and run like that was really something. She galloped out in front. When Dayatthespa had her problem on the turn, it kind of cost Bejarano position and he got back a little further than he would have liked. But she ran super.”
STEVE LAYMON, (co-owner, DAYATTHESPA), Fifth: “When she started making the turn, (Jockey) Ramon (Dominguez on Future Generation) came up beside her. It looked like she had room in there, but the rail may have been higher than she’s used to and it seems like she spooked from the rail. She took a couple of leaps and that was about it. She’s a high energy filly, but she’s never done anything like this.”
Read more articles in the Hollywood Park category.