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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Flat Out (No. 9): "This horse, I can't say enough about him. He's just been a real tough, durable horse, a horse that I've always felt may be as good at a flat mile as he is at 10 furlongs. Although he has won the Jockey Club Gold Cup twice at 10 furlongs, [he's] versatile enough to get up and get the job done at a mile."

"I saw Verrazano had about a half-length on [Flat Out at the half-mile pole], and I thought, 'As soon as he clears you, just tip out, follow him, and give us a clear trip.' And he gave him a good, clean trip."

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Flat Out (No. 9): "He broke very well. I put him in the race and made sure he wasn't too far back. I had a perfect trip. I couldn't ask for anything better than that. For him, I think it was the dream trip - on the outside, clear, nothing bothering him, the speed was going very fast in front. When I asked him, he definitely gave me all he had. He's a very nice horse and he made a very nice run."

Doug O'Neill, trainer of runner-up Private Zone (No. 11) and seventh-place finisher and beaten favorite Goldencents (No. 8): "
Disappointing. We've got to try to dissect [Goldencents' performance]. [Jockey Rafael Bejarano] said [Saratoga Snacks] kind of stumbled and almost came over in front of Goldencents. After that, he thought he had him in a good spot, but just didn't kick on like we had hoped. No real excuse, just trying to figure it all out.

"[Private Zone] ran big. He ran huge. It's one of those things where the 5-2 runs like a 30-1 shot and the 30-1 shot runs like a 5-2 shot. Just a head scratcher, but we'll regroup. We'll go over them good and figure out a game plan."

Martin Pedroza, jockey aboard runner-up Private Zone (No. 11): "He ran a brilliant race, there was no doubt about it. I give all the credit to [owner] Rene Douglas; he wanted to run in this race. He was right; this horse can go the distance. I think he can go two turns. He never stopped."

Todd Pletcher, trainer of third-place finisher Verrazano (No. 10), fifth-place finisher Forty Tales (No. 2), and 10th-place finisher Capo Bastone (No. 6): "I thought Verrazano ran well. It was obviously a very tough race with a lot of experienced veterans, so I thought he ran well."

"Irad [Ortiz, aboard Capo Bastone] said he got clobbered at the start and lost all chance. Forty Tales put in his run, but just flattened out a little bit."

William "Buff" Bradley, trainer of fourth-place finisher Groupie Doll (No. 4): "Rajiv [Maragh] had some problems on the backside going into the turn. You can't [alter course] like that on this track. We took a shot. [Owner] Mandy [Pope] did a great job bringing her up here. That's why they load them in the gate. You have a good horse, you have to run, you have to see."

Rajiv Maragh, jockey aboard fourth-place finisher Groupie Doll (No. 4): "The No. 3 horse [Clearly Now] clipped heels and stumbled right in front of me and almost unseated the jockey at the quarter pole. Before that we were in perfect position and running really good. I had to alter my course and by the time I got her running again it cost us a lot."

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