Saturday, November 07, 2009

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf quotes

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Pounced, 1st) – “I had a box seat, very pleased that we got the split (between horses), and he fought really hard for me. I was worried about getting clear but the gap was big enough for me to go through and my horse was very brave.”

John Gosden (trainer, Pounced, 1st) – “We had a nice draw. There wasn’t much pace but he got through the gap when he had to. It’s fantastic to win this race for the second straight year (Donativum in 2008) and to do it at Santa Anita, my second home.”

Robert Landry (jockey, Bridgetown, 2nd) – “Kenny (trainer McPeek) wanted me to put him in the race and just nurse him along as best I could. He really responded. When I asked at the top of the lane, he dropped his head and really dug in. That other horse just ran past him. He ran a courageous race. He’s a really good horse who is only going to get better.”

Kenny McPeek (trainer, Bridgetown, 2nd) – “(Jockey) Rob (Landry) rode a great race and Mr. (Eugene) Melnyk gave us a really nice horse to work with. We’ve just got seconditis -- second in the Derby, second in the Oaks. At least I’ve got a Belmont, right? He’s a gutsy little horse and Rob rode him to perfection. We just got beat by one really good horse.”

Kent Desormeaux (jockey, Interactif, 3rd) – “We quickened so fast going into the turn that I couldn’t quite compensate for the turn and that left some room for the others. I hope this horse can ‘dirt’ because he acts like he wants to be my Derby horse.”

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Interactif, 3rd) – “It’s always easy after a race to figure things out. In retrospect, maybe we should have put the pressure on earlier, but if we picked it up, the seven (Bridgetown) would have picked it up too, so it probably would have been the same result. I think the post hurt us a little bit. We were pushed four-wide into the first turn, but from post 11 we got a decent trip. We just couldn’t quicken enough in the last part.”

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