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Friday, November 06, 2009


Quotes for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon


John Murtagh (jockey, Man of Iron, 1st) – “It was his first time over the course so I let him just go along without any hurry. I wanted to stay out of trouble. I asked him at the three-eighths pole and he responded beautifully. He got the win right on the wire so it worked out just right.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Man of Iron, 1st) – “That was brilliant. We’re delighted. Johnny (jockey Murtagh) gave him a wonderful ride. Johnny said that he was just going to take his time because that’s the way he likes to be ridden. That’s what he did. It was just a marvelous ride.”


Rosemary Homeister Jr. (jockey, Cloudy’s Knight, 2nd) – “I can't fault the horse, he ran his best race. When I was coming around the turn, I looked back and he was just cruising nice and easy. When I hit the quarter-pole I just asked him, and he gave me everything he had. He fought off the horse (Mastery) trying to get by to the outside and he just didn't see that one on the inside (winner Man of Iron). He kept trying and forging forward. He's an amazing horse to ride. He's a big, long-striding horse. I can place him anywhere I want. I thought I lasted. Galloping out, he was still in front. It was just a bob of the head. As long as Jonathan (trainer Sheppard) is happy, I'm happy."

Jonathan Sheppard (trainer, Cloudy’s Knight, 2nd) – “What a horse. He ran his heart out. He’s really not that tired. He just couldn’t run any faster. He ran a great race. I’m really proud of him. He has such a big head - I was thinking it would help him in the photo. He seemed to handle the track fine. He ran his race.

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Mastery, 3rd) – “He danced one too many times this year. Everything is all right, the whole race went perfect, but the horse just had a long season.”

Saeed bin Suroor (trainer, Mastery, 3rd) – “I thought he was in good form before the race but he didn’t show me the form he showed in England.


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