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G1 BELMONT DERBY QUOTES

Edited NYRA Staff Release — Graham Motion, winning trainer of Trikari (No. 4, $12.40): “Honestly, I’m not surprised. My only concern was if he’d get the distance, but this horse, he really doesn’t do anything wrong. I mean he is so impressive in the morning. Physically, he is such a big, strong, good-looking horse. I trained the mare and I didn’t think the distance was going to be an issue, but you never know.”

About if today’s modest pace was beneficial: “No, I think it would help him if they went on a little bit. At one point, right in front of us here, I thought Johnny [Velazquez] might choose to go on, but he made the right call, forcing Flavien [Prat, aboard No. 2, White Palomino] to go on. That is what he wanted to do, settle off the pace.”

About almost getting nailed at the wire by a resurgent White Palomino: “He [Velazquez] said he got to waiting a little bit. He said he got there so quickly, that he kind of got to waiting a little bit. I thought the horse came back and got him for a minute.”

About contesting the Grade 1, $600,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational on August 3 at Saratoga Race Course: “You’d have to look at it. I mean I want to be careful, I don’t want to over-run him, but we’ve got to look at it.”

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Trikari (No. 4): “I wanted to make sure somebody else went [to the front] instead of me. He settled nice though, and at the five-sixteenths pole, I make sure I put a little pressure on the horse in front because he was just waiting. I got him kind of quickly and then he came back at me and mine put his head down again. It was a nice run. Either of us was going to win if we got the head in front, and that’s what we did.”

Flavien Prat, jockey of runner-up White Palomino (No. 2): “We had an easy lead and I was trying to get him going early, but he was unfortunately waiting a bit for horses. The winner got the jump on us [but] he came back at the end. It was a good run.

“He fought really hard and the winner just had a better kick turning for home. It was too comfortable. I was going too easy and I was trying to get him going a bit in the turn to get myself going, but unfortunately once that horse came and hooked up with us, then he got going.” 

Charlie Appleby, trainer of third-place beaten favorite Legend of Time (No. 1): “We were drawn one and stuck down on the fence and they hacked around there. Will [Buick] just said he could never get a crack at it. It’s one of those runs where you draw a line through it and go back to Saratoga and hopefully head to the Saratoga Derby.

“They crawled around there – no pace, stuck in a box and couldn’t get out.”

William Buick, jockey of third-place Legend of Time (No. 1): “He had a good trip, it just never opened up for him. He still finished up full of horse, which was unfortunate. He ran really well and if he had gotten out sooner, it might have been a bit different. I was where I was, and that was it.”

Winning margin: head

Final time (1 3/16 miles): 1:54.71

Fractions: 25.00, 50.24, 1:14.56, 1:37.79

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

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