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Edited NYRA Release — Tom Albertraini, winning trainer of Sadler’s Joy: “That’s really the way he likes to be ridden. He likes to be farther back and make a big swinging run and close. That’s his best style of running and he had a lot of horse to do it today. He came with a lot of determination down the lane. He wasn’t waiting on anyone today. “I could see he was really running at the half mile pole. I wasn’t too worried when he came wide there. Everything worked out well. The pace was a little slow at the beginning which was a concern, but he was just much the best.

“He’s been better this year as a 6-year-old than he has been at four or five. He has plenty of energy still left in the tank. I love having an older horse like him in the barn. Twilight Eclipse was 9 years old and still running strong. I would love to keep him as long as that, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep him that long. I’ve been really fortunate to have them around for a while. 

“We always felt the [Grade 1, $7 million Pegasus Would Cup Turf on January 25 at Gulfstream Park] might be a little short for him distance wise but we’re really looking at getting him to Dubai in March for the Sheema Classic. That’s what we intend to do whether he run at Gulfstream once before then or not. I just have to see how he trains up to the race. “The owners are really looking to stand him next year after his last race, whether it’s Dubai or not. We haven’t made that decision yet.”  

Javier Castellano, winning rider: “He’s a great horse. I’m very proud of him. I know the horse, I know the way you’re supposed to ride the horse. I was fortunate just to enjoy the ride today. I give the credit to Tom. He knows the horse so well and I think he’s matured so much this year. The way he did it today was very impressive. “He’s doing so well, timing his run didn’t matter today. Sometimes you move too soon and he hangs, or somebody gets the jump on him and he finishes second. He’s had all the excuses in the world but today he didn’t, he got it done.”
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