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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."


"It's always tense until they cross the wire. It was nice when he opened up at the head of the lane, at that point I certainly thought we were in command, but until they put the hammer down and ask them to run there have been plenty of horses that looked like they were home until the head of the lane. He's a very nice horse and I think he's getting better."

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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