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Lecomte Stakes Quotes

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Jockey James Graham (Ron the Greek, winner): “He has a big kick. He does what you tell him to do. If you want to go he’ll wait until you pull the trigger. He ran big.”

Trainer Tom Amoss (Ron the Greek, winner): “We really thought he had a good chance today. For the horseplayers that like to examine the horses in the paddock he really does look the part. He’s a very, very good-looking horse.


“He’s a one-run horse, period. Let’s hope he always has some pace up front.”


Are you inclined to run back in the Risen Star? “I certainly think so. It’s another seventy yards. The Risen Star would be a tremendously flattering race to win, not only for myself by for Mr. Hammer. We’ll let him tell us but that’s certainly what we’re thinking.”


Jockey Francisco Torres (Maximus Ruler, second): “He broke well. He relaxed and placed himself on a very comfortable lead. He responded to my urging and kept driving.


“I was pleased with his effort. When I called on him he exploded. I don’t think he saw the winner he was so far away from him. First time going around two turns, he has a lot of room to improve.”


Trainer Clark Hanna (Maximus Ruler, second): “I thought it was a great effort. I thought he was hooked for most of the way around there and obviously he was fresh being on the front end like he was. He got tested every step of the way. He took on all foes except for one. Maybe the trainer didn’t have him fit enough coming off the layoff but he cooled out well and if all’s well tomorrow we’ll be looking to come back in a few weeks in the next one.”


Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan (Letsgetitonmon, third): “He finished really well. He was a little bit further back early on but when I asked him down the lane I had to weave my way through traffic and he really finished up well. I think he’s a three-year-old that each time they lead him over here he keeps getting better and better. He’s moving in the right direction and he tries hard.”


Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. (Cool Bullet, fourth): “He ran huge for first time going two turns. I think he’ll step up the next time.”


Trainer Steve Margolis (Cool Bullet, fourth): “He had a great trip. Brian rode a great race, a good stalking trip. He tired a little bit at the end but I wouldn’t call it quitting; I think it’s maybe the lack of the two-turn experience kind of caught up to him. I’m not disappointed. You want to win every time but I think for a horse coming off a five-and-a-half (furlong) and a three-quarters (of a mile) race, he ran a legitimate race.


“I don’t know what well do next time; I’ll have to talk to the owners. He ran a hard-trying race and if you could go buy every horse like this for $4,000 you’d be in good shape.”


Jockey Robby Albarado (Worldly, fifth): “I had a beautiful trip. I sat right behind the lead horses. I was content the whole way. I had a great rail trip turning for home, just didn’t have enough horse to go on.”


Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. (Turf Melody, sixth): “Actually I had a great trip. My horse was pulling a little bit in the early stages of the race. Once she got down the backside he settled really nicely. I was following the three (Worldly) around there and I thought I was in a great spot. When we turned for home I thought he would give me that other gear and he just never did. He ran very even through the lane. I really thought he’d give me that other gear but he just stayed where he was. No excuses; it’s just one of those things.”


Jockey Miguel Mena (Citrus Kid, seventh): “He was a little nervous in the post parade. Other than that no excuses.”
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