Monday, December 02, 2013
Hollywood Derby GI Quotes
COREY NAKATANI, SEEK AGAIN, Winner: "I was extremely confident. Any time you see the Juddmonte colors and a horse shipping from England, you know they’re going to have a big turn of foot and it’s just a matter if they can handle the tighter turns. He seemed to handle it. (Gosden) said he had trained him on the left handed tracks before shipping him here. I was very excited to get the opportunity to get to ride again for Juddmonte and try to win a Grade I for them. My main thing was to try to get him into a rhythm, get him to break decently and get him in a rhythm. (Gosden) told me he had missed the break a couple of times and left himself with way too much to do. My main concern was to try to have a spot to run at and not get him stopped.’’
JAVIER CASTELLANO, AMEN KITTEN, Third: "I had a beautiful trip. He’s a come-from-behind horse and I can’t change his running style. I wish there would have been a little more pace in the race, but my horse still finished really well down the stretch."
LES REYNOLDS (Asst. to John Gosden), SEEK AGAIN, Winner: "We didn't clear quarantine until Saturday morning, so it's not been ideal. We just jogged around once Saturday. I thought he might need a couple of more days, but we were always happy with him. (Nakatani) gave him a great ride. We were worried there wasn’t going to be any pace, but there was enough pace, wasn't there? The boss (John Gosden) was worried that he doesn't do anything too quick, so if they crawled he just said to sit handier. He could be a big horse for Bill Mott next year. (Seek Again will ship to Mott’s barn Monday). He’s s been a horse that's been slow to himself. He just took a while to get going. I told Corey to just make sure he changed leads because he might be a little inexperienced against these guys. But he did it well and I'm very, very pleased."
SEAN RYAN (Asst. to Michael Maker), ADMIRAL KITTEN, Second: "He ran well, but like (Leparoux) said, the winner had the rail. He ran the exact same way he did last time in the (Grade I) Jamaican (Handicap Oct. 5 at Belmont Park). He's heading back to Florida early Monday morning."
BLAKE HEAP (Handling Wesley Ward's business), AMEN KITTEN, Third: "I thought he ran a great race. He could have used a faster pace, but we knew that going in. They bunched up in front of him so he had to go real wide, but he never got stopped and had a clean shot at it."
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