In quotes: All jockeys, trainers after Preakness Stakes 2019

May 13, 2019 08:40pm
War of Will got the trip in Saturday's Preakness Stakes he had looked for two weeks prior in the Kentucky Derby. This time, it was a winning one.

But it wasn't ideal for a number of other connections at Pimlico Race Course. Courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club's publicity staff, here's what jockeys and trainers said after the Preakness.

1. War of Will

Trainer Mark Casse: 
“It was so important to win it. I just wanted him to get his chance to show everyone how good he is because he is a super horse. We thought we were going to win it two years ago [with Classic Empire] and we got beat at the wire so I kept trying to figure out where the wire was. It was exciting, just unbelievable.”

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione: 
“It really hasn’t even hit me yet. I can’t even put it into words. I can’t thank my family enough for all the support. Of course my valet down in Florida, Jay Glass, and my agent, Matt Muzikar. Great team effort, I’m just so thankful. He’s got so much heart. We always knew he had the ability, we just had to get a little bit lucky and today was our day.”

2. Everfast

Trainer Dale Romans: 
“Second in any classic is great. I thought the whole race he looked comfortable. When he wanted him to start picking up horses, he did. You could see he had the momentum. I thought we were going to win for a minute.”

Jockey Joel Rosario: 
“We almost had it. He ran great. We have a great shot at the Belmont."

3. Owendale

Trainer Brad Cox: "
I need to watch a replay, but it looks like he maybe got stuck in behind some horses. He’s a big horse, probably needs to be more out in the open, clear running where he can keep his motor rolling. He took a little while to get going but ran a great race."

Jockey Florent Geroux: 
“I tried to save ground most of the time. I wish I could’ve saved a little more ground. It probably cost us a length or two at the end.”

4. Warrior's Charge

Cox: "
Warrior’s Charge fought incredibly hard. He’s a nice horse. I mean, :22, :46, 1:10 2/5 going a mile and three-sixteenths, he’s a good horse. We’ll give him plenty of time to recover."

Jockey Javier Castellano: 
“We had a beautiful trip.”

5. Laughing Fox

Assistant trainer Darren Fleming: 
“I thought he ran well. He got a little farther back than I expected. He made up a ton of ground. But he showed he belonged.”

Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.: 
"He didn't handle the track very well at the start. He gave it a nice run in the end. I just wish he handled the track better at the start, but he showed he can run with these kind of horses. I was happy he finished strong.” 

6. Improbable

Trainer Bob Baffert: 
“When he did that in the gate I knew that was it. His only weakness is he gets a little bit fired up. He was acting pretty well but then he got fired up. When horses do that it takes a lot of energy out. Today wasn’t his day but the winner was pretty impressive.”

Jockey Mike Smith: 
His usual tactics in the gate. He got upset, He was so brilliant going in. I thought he would be nice. Actually he broke well. I had a really good trip. Actually thought I was maybe going to get on with it at the 3/8ths pole and he just didn't keep on. I wish I could tell you more but that's it."

7. Win Win Win

Trainer Michael Trombetta: 
“I thought he ran OK. We would have all loved to have done a little better but he was in it for a fight and I can’t get mad at him. He gave it a good effort.”

Jockey Julien Pimentel: 
“We were closer this time around. But in the second turn, I had to go wide. I thought he still ran well.”

8. Bourbon War

Trainer Mark Hennig: 
“He looked like he was in the bridle early and I was really happy. When he went outside into the clear, he dropped the bridle and then picked it up again.”

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.: 
No excuses. Had blinkers first time, and I tried to get him going but he's still learning."

9. Signalman

Trainer Kenny McPeek: “There were eight horses faster than him. Brian (Hernandez Jr.) rode him good. He said he put him in position. He was only about four or five off of them when he was in the middle of the turn, and they ran away from him. I don’t have a major excuse. I’m going to scope him. But right now we are planning on going to the Belmont.” 

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.: ”We broke good but went wide around the first turn. We saved ground around the second turn and then he just evened out.”

10. Anothertwistafate

Trainer Blaine Wright: 
“He [jockey Jose Ortiz] put him in the race and we were happy about that. He said the last eighth of a mile caught up to him. He said everything else went according to plan. We’ll get back to the barn and see how he is. I’m glad we came and had an opportunity. Obviously, I’m a little disappointed with the result, but we’ll regroup and go from there.”

Jockey Jose Ortiz: 
I expected a good start. I think we were about third and stayed there. I gave him a breather on the backside and then tried to win the race. But we came up short today."

11. Alwaysmining

Trainer Kelly Rubley: 
“He appears to be fine. We’re waiting to scope and we’ll evaluate him.  He appeared to stop and I don’t know what the reason for that is.”

Jockey Daniel Centeno: 
I thought he'd run better. He had a good trip and we tried to make a move around the turn but he just stopped.”

12. Market King

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas: 
“I think my horse wants to run a mile. I don’t think he wants this distance. We need to find that out, though. He ran well for a mile. Some of them are adapted to a different distance and we found that out.”

Jockey Jon Court: 
“He broke well, laid up in perfect position and then they started running away from him.”

13. Bodexpress (DNF)

Trainer Gustavo Delgado: 
“I don’t have the words to talk about that now.”

Jockey John Velazquez: 
“He was just not behaving good in the gate. He was not standing really well. He got me up against the wall in the gate. When the doors opened I was standing up right from the start and I kind of jumped sideways. I had my feet out of the irons and I lost my balance and I went off. I’m good, I’m good. It’s just disappointing when you come in here for a big race like this. Things like this happen with horses, but it’s disappointing.”


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