Friday, November 06, 2009
Quotes for the Juvenile Fillies Turf
Robby Albarado (jockey, Tapitsfly, 1st) – "It was a great trip, she broke well, she put herself in position. I just wanted to clear most of them into the first turn so I wouldn't get packed out too wide. She's awful quick leaving the gate. She got herself into position and the first time I pressed, she went on. She came home nice. She's a little fighter, I'll tell you that. She's a true grass horse for sure. The only time I rode her on the grass she was at her most impressive. The last time she didn't handle the Belmont course that well, it was a little muddy and a little sticky, but she worked very nice this week so we had a good indication that she'd run good."
Dale Romans (trainer, Tapitsfly, 1st) – “No one deserves to win a race like this more than (owner) Mr. Jones. He’s been in the business a long time and has had horses for over 30 years. My father (Jerry Romans) trained for him before me. It’s just a great win for him and for me too. I thought we had a great trip. I thought that if she got her nose in front, she wouldn’t stop. That other filly (Rose Catherine) ran a great race, but my filly hung on.”
Todd Pletcher (trainer, Rose Catherine, 2nd) – “She ran great. We thought we'd be on lead. I thought Javier (Castellano) did a great job. She settled nicely and got a good second quarter. The other filly just stalked us the whole way and was a half better."
Michael Luzzi (jockey, House of Grace, 3rd) – “She’s a true turf horse. I had to save all the ground and let her go at them late. The speed just didn’t come back to us. She’ll live to fight another day.”
Kenny McPeek (trainer, House of Grace, 3rd) – “I thought she ran well. It was a turf course that obviously favored speed because the horses that were one and two early ended up that way. Mike (Luzzi) did a good job sneaking her up through the rail. For a closer in a field where speed held, she ran good.”
John Murtagh (jockey, Lillie Langtry, 8th) - “I had a bit of a bump turning into the straight. About halfway down the straight I got pushed out a bit, but I think I was done at the time. I’m not sure if she handled the course. She didn’t turn well. She’s a big rangy filly.”
Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Lillie Langtry, 8th) – Johnny (Murtagh) said the race was a little bit rough. He never got a happy run. I think he got a little bit of a bump early. We’ll bring her home and train her for the classics at home.”
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