Quotes from the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3)

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Neil Drysdale (winning trainer of Vexatious, who crossed the finish in second place behind Beach Flower but was elevated to the victory upon Beach Flower’s disqualification)

“It didn’t go her way the last time in Canada (when she was seventh behind males in the Sept. 15 Northern Dancer-G1 at Woodbine). She got shuffled back in the first turn. She doesn’t have that much acceleration. Today (jockey Florent Geroux) had her in perfect position. He had her covered. I was very pleased with the race. It’s not the best way to win a race on a DQ but we’re just going to have to take it.

“She’s a very elegant filly, and she’s talented. I would expect her to go and improve off this race.”

Florent Geroux (winning rider)

“She was (keen to go) early. If she had seen some daylight, I think she would have gone to the lead earlier and tried to run off with me. Mr. Drysdale gave me very good instructions to make sure I keep her covered up and be very gentle with her. She can be on her engine very easily, so I wanted to get her to relax. And actually I had a great trip.

“I thought I ran a winning race. The horse on the lead was very stubborn, and I couldn’t pass her. Unfortunately for her she drifted and caused some trouble for the horse who finished third.”

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of English Affair, who crossed the finish in third place behind Beach Flower and Vexatious but was moved to second following the disqualification of Beach Flower)

“We were the best horse by far, and we got shut off into the fence for no reason. The door just closed. The rest of the trip was great. She was always there for me and turning for home, I thought I was on the winner and I got shut off.”


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