Quotes from the $100,000 Limestone Turf Sprint

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Juan Leyva (assistant to John Sadler, winning trainer of Ginger Nut [IRE])

On whether he was concerned because of the rain at Keeneland this morning

“No, not at all. I thought this filly would handle this kind of turf. Being that she’s a European import, I thought she’d relish it. She’s got a lot of heart. Even though she’s small, she trains like a big horse.”

Joel Rosario (winning rider)

“She broke nice, and they got away from her a little bit. I wanted to take my time to let her come with a late run like Juan told me to do.”

John Velazquez (rider of runner-up Stillwater Cove)

“It was the perfect trip. I thought she was going really well laying third. She felt like a winner at the top of the stretch. I just got outrun.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of third-place finisher Chelsea Cloisters)

“She ran huge coming off the layoff. (Trainer) Wesley (Ward) told me to just sit on her and make one run with her, and she did it nicely. She put herself in a good spot, and finished up as well as she could and should get a lot out of (this race). She’ll come back next time, and should be extra strong.”

Javier Castellano (rider of 9-5 favorite and seventh-place finisher Play On)

“I don’t really know (what happened). Maybe she didn’t like the soft ground. That’s the only excuse I have.”


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