Quotes from the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1)

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Jimmy Jerkens (winning trainer of Delta Prince)

“He’s grown up and matured into a really nice horse. When (jockey Javier Castellano) swung him out, he looked like he was starting to kick in. But I was really nervous down the backside. It looked like the leaders were really rolling. It looked like he was starting to make some headway. I know this stretch is pretty long. If (Javier) swung him and he kicked in right away, I thought he might have a chance. And he did.”

Javier Castellano (winning rider)

On charging from last place to win

“I tried to take my time and let the race develop. He picked it up a little bit at the top of the stretch. I like the way he finished. He finished really, really well.”

Albin Jimenez (rider of runner-up Clyde’s Image)

“He’s run in stakes before (two seconds at Gulfstream in early 2017), but to me it feels like he’s doing better right now. He gave me everything he’s got. He lugged a bit, but it didn’t matter. That four horse (Delta Prince) is a super horse. We were second best.”

Joel Rosario (rider of fourth-place finisher and second choice Raging Bull [FR])

“I had a good trip. I asked him to go on and he did, but then the winner came with a strong run on the outside. I thought for a second I was going to win, but the winner definitely came on strong. My horse ran his race.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of defending champion and seventh-place finisher Heart to Heart)

“The first quarter was great for me but (Great Wide Open [IRE]) rushed up and I saw him running next to me. My horse is the kind of horse where you can’t really take a hold of him too much, so I just tried to keep him nice and easy. But we went too fast on this kind of turf course. He was done at the end. He’s been good to us, he’s been a good boy. He fights all the time. He’s not a horse who just quits so we’ll see what happens. He came back good so that’s the main thing.”

Brian Lynch (trainer of Heart to Heart)

“We’ll go back and evaluate him. We know he went too quick on the soft turf course, which has never been his thing. Can’t do much about it.”


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