What Kentucky Derby trainers, owners, jockeys had to say

What Kentucky Derby trainers, owners, jockeys had to say
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Fourteen horses on Saturday could only watch as Authentic crossed the wire first to win the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

Finishing behind the Bob Baffert-trained winner were, in order, Tiz, the Law, Mr. Big News, Honor A. P., Max Player, Storm the Court, Enforceable, Ny Traffic, Necker Island, Major Fed, Sole Volante, Winning Impression, Money Moves, Attachment Rate and South Bend.

Here is what trainers, owners and jockeys of some of the non-winners had to say about the 146th Run for the Roses.

Barclay Tagg, trainer, Tiz the Law, second

“He’s run well every time. He ran a good race today. He got beat.”

Jack Knowlton, owner, Tiz the Law

“Even though it didn’t turn out the way we hoped it would, certainly no shame in the race he ran. He’ll be back. Hopefully he’ll come out of the race well and we’ll look to go onto Baltimore and hopefully win that and get some revenge.”

Manny Franco, jockey, Tiz the Law

“I thought I was going to be right there third or fourth, and the trip was perfect, no excuse.”

Bret Calhoun, trainer, Mr. Big News, third

“He ran huge. Quite a thrill. Going to the three-eighths pole, I thought we had a chance to win the whole thing. They didn’t quite come back to us. Just an incredible race on his part.”

Chester Thomas, owner, Mr. Big News

“We just couldn’t be prouder. I stayed up until 1 a.m. Sunday night figuring out if I was going to run in the (Grade 2 American Turf earlier in the Kentucky Derby card) or the Derby and you see where we ended up.”

Gabriel Saez, jockey, Mr. Big News

“I had a trip. That was what I was hoping for, you know, to get the right trip. Stuck in close, give him time to really, really run. They went on – they’re really nice horses. My horse tried his guts out. They never really came back to me. They were still running on the front end. He ran a huge race. I’m really proud of him.”

John Shirreffs, trainer, Honor A. P., fourth

“(Jockey) Mike (Smith) said he was laboring at the beginning, that he just wasn’t getting a hold of the track.”

Mike Smith, jockey, Honor A. P.

“I was proud that he still put in an effort and ran OK. It wasn’t his best race by no means. I never dreamed he would struggle with the track. When we saw him train over the track this week, he was bouncing over it, but it was sloppy. He seemed to like that. His deepier, cuppier track – he has a big ‘ol flat foot. He just couldn’t get a hold out of it.”

Steve Asmussen, trainer, Max Player, fifth

“The inside post hurt him. He stood there too long and didn’t break well. He left himself a ton to do but got up for fifth late. Just too much in front of him.”

Peter Eurton, trainer, Storm the Court, sixth

“I was extremely proud of his effort and that is my first and foremost thought.”

Mark Casse, trainer, Enforceable, seventh

“We had a good trip. He was sharp today. Pace was fast. We were a little closer. He had a good trip. He ran well, just wasn’t good enough today.”

Adam Beschizza, jockey, Enforceable

“He ran a good effort. I just don’t think the pace came back enough for him.”

Saffie Joseph Jr., trainer, Ny Traffic, eighth

“I thought he was sitting a good trip but then he got in a little tight and after that he was done. But he just came by and he lost a front shoe and is cut up pretty good is in front and behind. We’re going to make sure he’s OK.”

Chris Hartman, trainer, Necker Island, ninth

“I think he ran all right. I’ve got to watch the replay. He got a long ways back and that really wasn’t our game plan. We didn’t want to be wide. We wanted to be on the inside. But a lot of things happen you know. A lot of horses. So we had to go around everybody. But it is what it is. He made a nice run. There’s not much more we can do there. Outclassed.”

Greg Foley, trainer, Major Fed, 10th

“It was an amazing opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby. We got in a really bad spot early in the race and James (Graham) had to fight him pretty hard.”

Dallas Stewart, trainer, Winning Impression, 12th

“We’ll get them next year.”

Joe Rocco Jr., jockey, Winning Impression

“It was definitely a weird situation with no fans. It was still the Derby nonetheless.”

Dale Romans, trainer, Attachment Rate, 14th

“We’ll regroup. He didn’t run well, I thought he would run good. He didn’t run well, we’ll figure it out.”

Tyler Gaffalione, jockey, South Bend, 15th

“I had a good trip. I let the speed go. He settled nicely, made a nice move around the turn. Just flattened out late. Just might be a little too far for him.”

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