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2010 Belmont Stakes Quotes

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BELMONT STAKES QUOTES

 

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Drosselmeyer (No. 7): “I thought he was in a good position. I knew they were going slow, but he was in range. People don’t know it, but this is the second Belmont winner I’ve saddled. I saddled Victory Gallop [in the 1998 Belmont] for Elliot [Walden, vice president and racing manager of WinStar Farm] when he had a broken leg.

 

“It was actually Elliot’s idea to go to the Dwyer. We thought about wheeling back into either the Arkansas Derby or Blue Grass, but we just said we should stick with our original plan. I got a little nervous when he ran in the Dwyer and looked like he needed some racing, but it turned out to be a good plan.”

 

Mike Smith, winning jockey aboard Drosselmeyer (No. 7): “It was a great trip. It was all about getting into the rhythm and we did it. It worked out. It was incredible. It’s great to come home (after winning two Grade 1 races today for trainer Bill Mott).”

 

Nick Zito, trainer of second-place finisher Fly Down (No. 5) and ninth-place finisher Ice Box (No. 6): “Fly Down ran great. Obviously I’m disappointed about Ice Box. He didn’t deal with the heat well today. The Pulpit came out in him a little bit today. We’ll have to regroup and see what happens.”

 

John Velazquez, rider aboard second-place finisher Fly Down (No.5): “He gave me something extra. As soon as we got past a mile, he started picking it up. Mike rode a really good race. He kept me there when I tried to ride my horse in between horses, he was a little intimidated. When Mike passed us and I pulled to the outside, that’s when he started running.”

 

Dale Romans, trainer of third-place finisher First Dude (No. 11): “We had a perfect trip and everything went like we planned, we just couldn’t hold it together right there at the end. He ran a mile and half, he ran hard, he did all the work again on the lead. I’m real happy with him. He put in a great effort. No excuses. He wants to run all day. He’s still learning, he’s still getting it together and he’s still improving. I think we have a lot of fun races in front of us. He’ll fly back to Kentucky on Monday, take a little break and figure out what to do with him.”

 

Ramon Dominguez, rider aboard third-place finisher First Dude (No. 11): “I had a perfect trip. In the stretch, he was getting out, just a little tired. I was very proud of him. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

 

Bob Baffert, trainer of fourth-place finisher Game On Dude (No. 8): “We got to cheer turning for home, but he got beat. He got tired at the end, but he ran a good race.”

 

Martin Garcia, rider aboard fourth-place finisher Game On Dude (No. 8): “I had the best trip. He broke really well. That horse outside came in too quickly and I had to check him a little bit hard. I went outside and my horse, he likes to run a little bit more fast. We were outside and he wanted to go, but finally I made him relax and I made my run, but he just kept going the same. He got a little tired.”

 

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of fifth-place finisher Uptowncharlybrown (No. 3) who lost part of his lead pad at the 7/8ths pole and was subsequently disqualified for coming back underweight and unplaced: “He ran well and I thought he had a chance inside the quarter pole. He made a little run, just flattened out. I was pleased with his effort.”

 

Rajiv Maragh, rider aboard fifth-place finisher Uptowncharlybrown (No. 3) who lost part of his lead pad at the 7/8ths pole and was subsequently disqualified for coming back underweight and unplaced: “He was there all of the way, but he got a little bit worn out at the end. It was a mile and half and it was pretty hot. I think that took a toll on him.”

 

Steve Margolis, trainer of sixth-place finisher Stay Put (No. 10): “Jamie [Theriot] said he had a great trip. He passed some horses and it was a good effort, but it was a tough race.”

 

Jamie Theriot, rider aboard sixth-place finisher Stay Put (No. 10): “This was a different surface than he’s been running on. It’s really deep. He ran really well. He’s a nice horse and there are some great spots for him down the road.”

 

Jonathan Thomas, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher, of seventh-place finisher Interactif (No. 12): “Javier [Castellano] gave him a beautiful trip.  He laid nicely off reasonable fractions; just wasn’t able to come home as quickly as the others.”

 

Javier Castellano, rider aboard seventh-place finisher Interactif (No. 12): I had a perfect trip. I was very satisfied with the pace. The horse started to get tired in the last part. He put me in a good spot, right behind First Dude. Everything had worked out good.”

 

Mike Maker, trainer of eighth-place finisher Stately Victor (No. 9): “Really we were outrun. He didn’t handle the track very well today. He was outrun, plain and simple.”

 

Alan Garcia, rider aboard eighth-place finisher Stately Victor (No. 9): “He was a steady pace all the time; he never kicked, he was just steady.”

 

Jose Lezcano, rider aboard ninth-place finisher Ice Box (No. 6): “It was a little hot for him today, and the pace was slow. We were in a good position throughout the race. When I asked him to run, he showed no interest. He didn’t have it today, he didn’t fire.”

 

Alexis Barba, trainer of 10th-place finisher Make Music for Me (No. 4): “He lost his front left shoe, but he did scope clean. We were hoping he would get a better break, and he tends to be fussy in the gate. He didn’t get away clean. He wasn’t where we wanted to be early on. I don’t know what’s next for him. We’re booked on a plane tomorrow, but I’m going to talk to the owners first and then we’ll make a decision.”

 

Joel Rosario, jockey aboard 10th-place finisher Make Music for Me (No. 4): “He raced well at Churchill, but this is the first time he had [raced over] the track [at Belmont], and it seemed different to him.”

 

John Sadler, trainer of 11th-place finisher Dave in Dixie (No. 1): The highlight of my day was we won the Los Angeles Handicap [with Cost of Freedom]. My horse [Dave in Dixie] didn’t really grab the track. Definitely, turf or synthetic from now on; no more dirt for him.”

 

Lawrence Roman, owner of 12th-place finisher Spangled Star (No. 2): “He looked OK [after the race]. Other than the finish, the [Belmont] was tremendous. I’m glad the winner was by Distorted Humor, proving they usually can go the distance.”

 

Garrett Gomez, rider aboard 12th-place finisher Spangled Star (No. 2): “He traveled like he was going to run all right, but after a mile I was pretty much kaput. Once I had a horse go by me, he pretty much gave up. Maybe a mile and a half is just too far for him."

 

 

 

 

 

 
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