Quotes from the $250,000 Commonwealth (G3)

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Al Stall Jr. (winning trainer of Bobby’s Wicked One)

“We sent him out for the Malibu (G1) and he ran his eyeballs out. He couldn’t have run any better. Hooked McKinzie, was in a photo for second (and finished fifth). Came back to New Orleans, gave him a little breather, and I’ve never had a horse get in such good form as he’s been in his last two races. He won those two races down there in 1:09 and change and he was literally jogging. So we came to this race with a ton of confidence.”

“(Jockey) Miguel (Mena) nudged him a hair out of there and got over, and this horse runs well on the rail. Whatever the reason, he’s so confident on the rail. It’s amazing.”

Miguel Mena (winning rider)

“Al gives me all the confidence. I send my horse, come over and I was in there with the third horse and we backed it up. We were comfortable, going nice. I’m on a very nice horse.”

Jon Court (rider of runner-up Warrior’s Club)

“I thought we had enough horse to run down the winner. Speed has been playing well today, and we were in a great spot. The horse on the front (Bobby’s Wicked One) wasn’t really the target we planned on running down, but when I turned for home I was in a good enough spot to run him down. A lot of credit goes to (trainer) Wayne (Lukas) and his team. This horse tries so hard every time, and everyone involved with the Churchill Downs Racing Club is having so much fun. I’m just glad I was a part of it.”


Tyler Gaffalione (rider of third-place finisher Limousine Liberal)

“We were in good position down the backstretch and then had the whole length of the stretch to get there, and he almost did. It was his first start of the year. I'm looking forward to next time.”

Ben Colebrook (trainer of Limousine Liberal)

“He had a good trip, but the pace on paper looked like it was going to be a lot hotter than the half in :46. He was running on at the end picking up horses. I think it will set up up good for winning the Churchill (Downs) race (the Churchill Downs [G2]) for the third year in a row. It’s always going to be tough for him to win this race coming off a layoff like that, but he always runs good and it’s like a building process. 

“I think we'll go right back to Churchill for the next race, and then do what we did last year: (go from) there to the (Metropolitan Handicap [G1]) if everything goes well.”


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