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Author Topic: $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint - quotes  (Read 148 times)
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« on: November 02, 2012, 03:04:30 PM »

Rajiv Maragh (jockey, Hightail, 1st) – “I had a great trip, saved ground and just waited behind horses. He showed a lot of courage coming through the narrow opening between the rail and the other horse (Merit Man). I was not worried about the foul claim because the 3 (Merit Man) initiated the contact.”
 
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Hightail, 1st) – “I just thought that we had a great shot. These races are historically very fast up front. We’re a good closer and I thought we had a shot.
 
“It hasn’t been that long (since my last Breeders’ Cup win – 2005 Juvenile Fillies with Foklore). They don’t come that easy. “
 
Bob Hess Jr. (trainer, Merit Man, 2nd) – “(Jockey) Patrick (Valenzuela) said he (Hightail) came out and bumped him a couple times. He dropped back a neck or so and came back to be beat a nose. It is what it is.
 
“This guy needs a target. He had no target. When South Point came out of the race (late scratch at gate), it was almost a negative. He’s a very nice 2-year-old. We’re proud of him.”
 
Patrick Valenzuela (jockey, Merit Man, 2nd) – “I thought I was on the best horse. He shot out of there and we were there most of the way. The stewards made the decision, but I still thought I was on the best horse.”
 
Joel Rosario (jockey, Sweet Shirley Mae, 3rd) – “I thought they (Hightail and Merit Man) were going to go the way they did. She ran a good race. They were just a little better. It was a good race for her.”
 
Edwin Maldonado (jockey, Hazardous, 4th) – “He broke a little sharper than I expected. When we came around the turn, he grabbed the bridle and I thought we were going to get there. He ran a big race.”
 
Thomas Dascombe (trainer, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “There you go.  I was quite encouraged going down the backstretch.  Maybe she didn’t like the dirt and maybe she didn’t stay.”
 
John Velazquez (jockey, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “I think I maybe asked her to do a bit too much early on. She broke well and we were laying second.  She was not getting any dirt in her face at all. When I asked her, she kept the same pace and the others were just faster.”

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