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Breeders' Cup 2017

Guillot Says Moreno "A Dozen Lengths" Better Than Palace Malice

Trainer Eric Guillot issued an upbeat bulletin when discussing the potential of Southern Equine Stable's Moreno, the dominant winner of the Grade 2 Dwyer who is taking on Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy.


"He's probably the most talented 3-year-old in the country," said Guillot. "If you watch the Dwyer, his ears are pricked the whole way. He was cooled out by the time we took the tongue tie off of him. That's how good he is. He ain't trying now. If he ever decides to try, he'll beat Palace Malice by a dozen lengths easy, pulling away from him. That's how good he is."


Those are strong words to describe a horse who needed 10 starts to break his maiden, but Guillot said Moreno is only now hitting top form after being compromised earlier in his career by several issues, such as soreness during his 2-year-old season and a lung infection during the winter. Guillot added that gelding Morneo and adding blinkers might also have helped the sophomore transform from a maiden to a prominent 3-year-old.


"When he's sound, and healthy, he runs," said Guillot. "When he's not, he don't. It's just that simple."


Moreno's past two starts have come in one-turn races at Belmont Park, a 6 ¼-length maiden win on June 8 and the seven-length Dwyer score on July 6, and Guillot said his top concern going into the Jim Dandy is the race's two-turn trip.


"He might say, 'Hey, wait a minute!' after he goes down the backside. 'I already went one turn!"' said Guillot. "He might pull himself out the race and get beat 30 [lengths]. That wouldn't surprise me with this horse. Then again, he might just say, 'You know what, I'm starting to get this now. I feel good, I'm sound, I might pull away and beat the whole field.'"


Guillot said he hopes to win the Jim Dandy with Moreno and then run him in the Grade 1 Travers on August 24.


"If I win the Jim Dandy, I'm going to take the cover off my golf cart and get me a canoe," said Guillot. "I'm going to put [the canoe] in [the cart and decorate it] with Southern Equine colors all the way to the Travers."



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Haha, sorry, Goblin.
rafi, I loved Hansen the colt; we had more than one conversation about it. I said above that Dr. Hansen did ridiculous things; I made a distinction. (?) I'm now going back to Monmouth for a while.
Did you love Hansen the colt, or Hansen the owner? I do think he cared about his colt, but he was a pest to read about, IMO. The colt was the star, not him... He wanted the limelight, IMO.
rafi, You know I loved Hansen. Dr. Hansen did some ridiculous things and Maker absolutely had the patience of Job to train and put up with it, but I've always thought Dr. Hansen cared about/loved Hansen. Human motivation is a vast subject...
He should of skipped the Derby IMO because the Preakness would of been his best spot. Also his WV Derby made me beyond mad because of Hero Of Order.
Haha, Jmac. I loved Hansen the COLT, too. I always thought he could've been a champion miler, if not for the placing of him and his injury. He was 4-4 at 8.5f, I believe.
I'm shocked he didn't put a fake horn on him and call him a unicorn!
Do I have to say when I'm being mean?
He was one of my favorite horses I loved watching his first race at turfway
Love Tim Tebow... but the topic was Guillot, wasn't it?
Please, more Hansen and Tebow. Can't get enough of those subjects.
Goblin. Personally, I did not care for Dr. Hansen, at all, really. I viewed him as obnoxious, arrogant and attention seeking man. Naming the colt after himself, constantly talking to the media about stupid things, dying Hansen's tail in the Bluegrass and West Virginia Derby, and making woman dress in BLUE and come with him to the track... He always seemed tacky to me. My friend and I always thought that Dr. Hansen was driving Mike Maker crazy!!!
Jmac, I loved Hansen the HORSE... I did not care for the owner. Arrogant obnoxious buffoon. Hansen the HORSE, a good one too, was just as good and flashy WITHOUT the Blue Tail, don't ya think?
Hansen's owner was giddily in love with the little colt that he had bred; I've always taken that (and the sudden success) into consideration. Mike Maker, on the other hand, was always quiet and grounded in reality. I think he might have managed Hansen differently had he been in charge.
Both are dumb
The biggesr issue I have is this: "I think the horse ran huge, don’t you? He beat the rest of the field by five. I’m here. I can’t be scared of one horse.” Yes, Moreno ran a fine race. He's speaking fact, Moreno beat "the rest of the field" by five lengths. However, this man claimed that he would beat Palace Malice by twelve lengths, NOT beat the field by five. Guillot is acting as if Moreno fulfilled the claim and he did as expected. Palace Malice beat him easily by 3 1/4 lengths, with speed in reserve the final 1/6th of a mile. Guillot's quote, "It would not surprise me if he lost by 30.... That's just who he is." was just to have an excuse if Moreno got crushed. Like, "I told you, Moreno might not perform, it's just who he is." It's a cover-up. This man is FAKE. I have no problem with the trash talk, I enjoy it. The CORRECT, CLASSY and APPROPRIATE response would have been something in the lines of: "Palace Malice beat us fair and square. Moreno ran well, but wasn't quite good enough today. We are thoroughly looking forward to attempting to avenge our loss to Palace Malice in the Travers Stakes, which we believe we are fully capable of doing. Congratulations to the connections behind Palace Malice, we are after y'all for next time."... Guillot's statements I have no issue with, but his response following Moreno's loss was unprofessional and classless. Palace Malice beat him fair and square, quite easily. I don't see how he just won't acknowledge that before attempting to best this monster in the Travers Stakes. JMO.
No, jmac, that would take some doing, but maybe in the Feather Light to win the BCLC category.
Anyone else think the comments sound as out there as Hansen's owner
Yes, goblin. I have no problem with the trash talk, but the ridiculous excuse is just unsportsmanlike. Animals can NOT tell the difference between 3 or 7 weeks rest. If the horse wasn't ready, why did they run him? Horses GENERALLY recover from the races in a span of 2-5 days, NOT 3 weeks. If there was a logical excuse (traffic, losing a shoe, health, etc), that would be okay, but blaming the loss on rest is just stupid. If Moreno won, he'd say "We beat him fair and sqaure, no excuses." I guarentee you, Guillot had this excuse READY before the race.... It's such hogwash. Goblin, I did read the article. Obviously he did not know about Palace Malice's buck shins, which kept him out of training for about four months.
I had respect for Guillot but this makes him look like an overconfident idiot.

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