Monday, December 10, 2012


Leah Gyarmati, winning trainer of Smooth Bert (No. 9): “I knew he could handle [an off track]. The first time at Saratoga at five furlongs was way too short, but he still handled the slop and came running and finished third. He’s a neat horse. He can probably do anything once he figures it all out. The longer, the better, and he has some speed if you want him to use it. He’s very athletic. He looks like a 5-year-old, but he’s not clumsy. He’s not one of those big horses where it takes a lot for him to get into himself. Right from the beginning, he’s been athletic.”

“I was a little worried turning for home when I thought we were going to be a bad third, but he kicked in and took off. [Mike Luzzi] rode him perfectly. He let him get his feet under him and let him relax, but kept him where he stayed involved.”

Mike Luzzi, winning jockey aboard Smooth Bert (No. 9): “Just by going on what Leah and her assistant, Herbie, said, he’s very talented, but he’s still kind of green. He really doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. He kind of lost focus, then Rajiv [Maragh, aboard Notacatbutallama] went by me and he kind of gained his focus back and went back to running. Very talented horse, and I think he’ll improve.”


Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer of Kelli Got Frosty (No. 3): “I’m very happy with the way she’s coming along. I’m thankful to the owners for giving me the opportunity to train her, and she’s a very nice filly. I think she’ll be fine going two turns. I think the longer she goes, she’ll get more comfortable. We really liked her from Day 1, and she has not disappointed us yet.”

Cornelio Velasquez, winning jockey aboard Kelli Got Frosty (No. 3): “There wasn’t much speed in the race; I tried running in behind the speed, but it was a slow pace and she made the lead easy. I had the best horse; she galloped and won easy. She’s a nice filly and she loves the mud.”

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