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Breeders' Cup 2017

Donn Handicap Quotes

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
 

DONN HANDICAP

 

Todd Pletcher (Quality Road) – “Not much to say after a performance like that. Obviously, he ran the kind of race we know he’s capable of and the race set up just as we thought with Past the Point going to the front. He (Quality Road) put himself in good position and they went fast. He’s got a very high cruising speed and can go 46 and 1:09 and still keep going. Not many horses can do that and he was spotting weight to all those horses, six pounds or more. The plan for him here all along was to run in the Hal’s Hope and then the Donn, give him a little break, and then point for the Met Mile (Belmont) and the big races at Saratoga before the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the fall. Mr. (Edward) Evans and I will talk about it again, but I think that will be the plan”

 

John Velasquez (jockey, Quality Road, 1st) - “Watching the replay it looked awesome, it felt awesome. It was just awesome. Down the lane I wanted to make sure I encouraged him to finish because up until then I hadn’t really done much with him. He started to look round a bit, so I tapped him with the whip to encourage him a little and he just drew away from everybody. He just needed a moment (entering the gate) to feel comfortable, and then he was fine.”

 

Javier Castellano (jockey, Dry Martini, 2nd) – “I asked for his late kick and he gave it to me. I have a lot of confidence in him moving forward. A mile-and-an-eighth is the best distance for him and he just ran into a great horse today in Quality Road.”

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