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Edited NYRA Staff Release — Rodolphe Brisset, winning trainer of Mullikin (No. 5, $4.40*): “Looking at the PPs, having the outside draw let us have an idea of how that was going to set up. We didn’t know what they were going to do on the inside, but at least this gave us the chance to break and look at it. We know the gate can be his little hiccup, but we have learned from him – he did it today; when he got in, he tried to go on the lower end and then the guy got him up and left him alone. If you try to do too much, he’ll start to do it again, so after that he broke and was in position. From there, it’s up to the horse and the jock. Perfect position and a good ride. It looks like he’s stepping up with the time [he posted], so we’ll see how the number comes back, bring him home, and go from there.”

On the horse’s progression: “When I moved to the WinStar gig, he was a 2-year-old coming in and I absolutely loved the horse. Just loved him. It didn’t work out with the WinStar training, but Mr. Walden [Elliott, President/CEO of WinStar] left the horse with us and last year, he had only one bad race at Ellis where he acted up in the gate. We just felt like he had run all winter at Oaklawn and we liked the horse. Maybe he was telling us, ‘maybe I need a break.’ So we just gave him a full break and he came back taller, wider, and he hasn’t missed a day.”

On a potential start in the seven-furlong Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course: “That’s the logical next thing, but we’re going to have to see how he comes out. That’s what we’ll be looking at. We opted to come here because [it would give us] seven weeks until the Forego, and he’s actually a little better off if he has more space between racing, we think. With running that fast today, I’m happy we have six or seven weeks and not four. We’ll see how he comes out.”

Flavien Prat, winning jockey aboard Mullikin (No. 5): “Very nice horse. He can be a little sluggish out of the gate, but today jumped well. He just has a very high cruising speed, and he was game down the lane. I think Rodolphe [Brisset] did a great job to bring him to that point and the horse has improved race after race.”

Arnaldo Bocachica, jockey of runner-up Coastal Mission (No. 4): “I had a really great trip. He broke sharp and we were where we wanted to be. We just couldn’t get by the winner. No excuses, I had a perfect trip. When I asked him, he responded, like he usually does, just couldn’t go by.”

Winning margin: 1 1/2 lengths

Final time (seven furlongs): 1:20.54

Fractions: 22.54, 44.87, 1:08.20

Order of finish: 5-4-2-1-3

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