Quotes from the $200,000 Shakertown (G2)

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Joe Orseno (winning trainer of Imprimis)

“I know he has the tactical speed to be closer, but (jockey) Paco (Lopez) did the right thing. When he was just sitting still, that’s all he can do, and just hope he can fire from there. I saw him getting into him going to the half-mile pole, and he looked like he wanted to run. I thought for sure we took the worst of it and we had too much to do. Paco rode a great race after he overcame the stumble.

“(The horse) didn’t grab himself and he looks fine so far. (Going to Royal Ascot to run in the King’s Stand [G1] June 18) is the plan, a very exciting plan, and I don’t think it’s ambitious either. The horse has done everything we’ve asked him to do.”

Paco Lopez (winning rider)

“(You want) every horse to break good. But today, he stumbled very bad. I almost fall off. I got in behind horses, and I wanted the long stretch.”

Luis Saez (rider of runner-up Bound for Nowhere)

“He broke super. He was right there. He just got tired a little at the eighth (pole). The winner came flying.”

Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Angaston)

“(He) was able to overcome the post position (13), and he got us down to the fence by the time we got to the turn. We had a pretty good trip and he ran a really good race for being off since last October, so to jump in and be third today for the first time as a 4-year-old, you gotta be proud of him. (The fractions were) quick, but my horse was doing it comfortably and he got himself in a good tracking position. He ran a big race.”

 

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