Sunday, December 15, 2013
$100,000 South Beach Quotes
Trainer Mark Hennig (Baffle Me): "I have to give Javier (Castellano) credit, he’s gotten her to relax well. A year ago at this time you could have never dreamed that this filly would sit off of a 48-and-change half mile and, like he said, ‘I almost rated her too much today.’ She was like ‘when can we go, when can we go?’ But that was perfect. It was closer than we wanted it to be, but I think she had something left if they had gotten to her.
“We’re just going to enjoy this, rest up, and plan out a schedule for next year. She runs well fresh, so we’ll probably try to keep her a little fresh through the winter and look forward to a campaign over the summer. I wouldn’t be afraid to run her a mile and a sixteenth. Javier said she could go even further now that she’s relaxing. I think she’ll just settle and sprint home.”
(On her maturity) "We stuck cotton in her ears a few races back because she gets so rattled at noises and people. In the paddock at Saratoga, she really came undone the first time I ran her up there. She still ran well, but I was surprised she did. She was completely washed out when she showed up in the paddock because she had to walk through the picnic grounds up there and she didn’t handle it well. Since then we’ve really, really worked hard with her and she’s responded."
Jockey Javier Castellano (Baffle Me): "She’s doing phenomenal right now. I spoke to Mark, and the way she’s doing right now is amazing. She’s very professional. She’ll settle now; she’ll rate. You can do whatever you want with her. I really like the way she’s going right now. She dug in. She switched leads the right way, and in the last sixteenth she gave me another gear. She’s kind of a big filly and it takes her a little bit to get her momentum. It looked like the other horse was going to go by, but when she switched leads she got more comfortable and she gave me another gear, and she galloped out beautiful."
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