Saturday, November 07, 2009
Quotes for the Dirt Mile
Mike Maker (trainer, Furthest Land, 1st) – “That was incredible. Honestly, he has trained as well as he ever has. He gave me a lot of confidence and his (synthetic) record speaks for itself.”
Julien Leparoux (jockey, Furthest Land, 1st) – “I sat on the rail right behind the leader (Midshipman). It opened up at the quarter-pole. I found room to strike, and that was it. He always runs big on synthetics. It was not an easy win to have, but he ran big.”
Calvin Borel (jockey, Ready’s Echo, 2nd) – “He ran good for me in Saratoga. I just wish we’d had a longer stretch to run in. We came a little wide and, as a matter of fact, the six horse (Mambo Meister) cost me the race; he came out to me and I had to steady. He’s a nice little horse and I was happy to get back on him today. He ran a good race.”
Saeed bin Suroor (trainer, Midshipman, 3rd) – "It was a brilliant try. He had only the one race this year, so perhaps that had an effect. He had good position all the way, and the rider (Garrett Gomez) rode him perfectly. It was a huge race for him."
Garrett Gomez (jockey, Midshipman, 3rd) – “He had been off for a while and came back with a sprint race so he was still probably keyed up from the one sprint race. I got him to shut off just enough. I would have liked to get him shut off a little better, but I got him to take a couple breathers around the first turn and then from there I thought if it gets a little aggressive now, I snuck away with an easy enough first quarter that I should be able to play with it from there. When I quickened, he started to leave them, but inside the eighth-pole he started to level off and they just kept coming at him. He only had the one race, and for him to perform the way he did, he ran a tremendous race, he really did. The last little bit he started getting a little late on me and he had some really good horses in the race that were running after him. He ran a really good race and Godolphin has just done a wonderful job with him.”
Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Mastercraftsman, 4th) – “He ran very well. He maybe just didn’t get a clear run, but he ran well.”
John Murtagh (jockey, Mastercraftsman, 4th) - “He’s a big galloping horse and he was in tight. He looked out in the straight and he wasn’t really quick enough, and then the gap closed on him. We’re slower than Americans out of the gate. I was following Julien Leparoux. I would have liked to have been out at the three-eighths pole, but like I said there was no place to go.”
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