Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Damon Runyon (NYB) Quotes
Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1): "I thought the two turns would be right up his alley; pedigree-wise it's supposed to be up his alley, and it was. The pace slows down a little bit, he gets into a nice rhythm, and the only thing that concerned me was his preparation. We've had a lot of bad weather and he missed some training, but he was good enough to overcome that today."
On Samraat's next start: "I originally was thinking the Jerome [Grade 2, January 4], but we moved this back three days because of the weather and it was going to be tight, anyway, so I'm not sure we make it. I could even send him to Florida for a month just to keep him in training and get him out of the cold weather, then bring him up for the spot after that, which is the Withers [Grade 3, February 1]. I think we might have to test open company. If not his next start, then the start after that."
Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Samraat (No. 1): "He's a nice horse. Rick and the team did a tremendous job. The horse usually doesn't break very good, but Rick schooled a few times and today he broke really good. He put me on the lead through a slow pace, and when I said 'go' at the quarter pole he kicked away. He rates pretty well. When he feels the other horses he feels a little keen, but I don't think he needs the lead."
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