Quotes from the $200,000 Appalachian (G2)

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Wesley Ward (winning trainer of The Mackem Bullet [IRE])

“She’s really done well here over the winter. I always thought she’d probably prefer the grass. She had a beautiful breeze here last week over the grass. There was a little question mark about the surface today but I spoke to (previous) trainer Brian Ellison in England twice and he assured me she’d be OK, and she was.

“When Brian sent her to me, the idea was to go back to the (English One Thousand) Guineas (G1), so we’ll have to see what they want to do. I’m lucky they chose me to train her.”

Tyler Gaffalione (winning rider)

“We had a perfect trip. She broke sharp and put herself right in the race. The speed went on and we sat second. I had a ton of horse going all the way around. When we turned for home, I (tapped) her on the shoulder once and she kicked on. She was just cruising out there.”

Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Regal Glory)

“I saved a lot of ground. The post position (nine) hurt us a little bit. She was outside and broke even with the field, so I had to go wide on the first turn or take back and save ground. I decided to take back, and she relaxed well and made a good run turning for home.”

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

“The trip was good. We were able to save some ground around the first turn. They ended up going the second quarter really slow, so we got in the race in the middle part and she finished well.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of eighth-place finisher and beaten favorite Clause)

“I got a good trip. I really don’t think my filly liked the soft turf. I think we can throw this race out.”


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