Quotes from the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3)

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Ian Wilkes (winning trainer of Bourbon Resolution)

“He’s developed a lot – he’s bigger, stronger. We were forced to give him some time, and now he’s a more mature horse.”

On whether he will be a factor in the handicap division

“I don’t see why not. He’s only getting better, and I finally figured him out. He’s got a high cruising speed. I was probably a detriment to him trying to rate him. Today, I just told (jockey) Chris (Landeros), ‘Let him run. Let him find his way.’ ”

Chris Landeros (winning rider)

On Bourbon Resolution’s performance today following his third-place finish in the Challenger Stakes (L) at Tampa Bay Downs

“Little change of tactics today. He’s a naturally fast horse. My instructions today were to use it a little bit. Let him get into gear early and keep his momentum going. Last time, I engaged them early, took him back and they out-footed him late. We’re learning a lot about him. Don’t think we’ve seen the best yet. (On the backstretch) I thought I had a gear left, but I had a really big gear left.”

Rodney Prescott (rider of runner-up Nun the Less)

“Everything worked out as planned. He relaxed and made his run. We just couldn’t catch (Bourbon Resolution). I thought they were going a little slow (up front), but nothing you can do about that. But he ran his race.”

Javier Castellano (rider of third-place finisher Third Day)

“I had a good race. I wanted to get a good position early, save ground and keep track of the speed horses in the race. I took him inside and he was running. Third best today.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of sixth-place finisher and 2-1 favorite Flameaway)

“I had a great trip, but my horse did not run his race today. He was going very comfortable but when I asked him, he was not himself today.”

 

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