Quotes from the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3)



Ricky Giannini (assistant to Brad Cox, winning trainer of Owendale)

On the difference in today’s race and Owendale’s eighth-place finish in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds in his last race

“I wish I could tell you. Last race, we felt like he ate too much dirt, and he kind of backed out down the backside and then had too much to do. Today, he ate the same amount of dirt. I think he’s just maturing and turning into a good horse.  He’s always trained like it and today he put it all together and got the job done.”

Florent Geroux (winning rider)

“(I lost) a little (ground) but gained momentum. The horse was running really quick, and it was time to go. I just tipped him out, tapped him twice.”

On whether taking back after the start was the plan

“No. It changed a lot when the gates opened. He didn’t break so well, (Knicks Go) went out and (Zenden) looked at me. Things change a lot – sometimes you need to go to Plan B very quick. He ran a very good race.”

Javier Castellano (rider of 7-5 favorite and runner-up Anothertwistafate)

“I wish I had a better trip. I was in tight all the way, and the two horses in front stopped early. But I kept coming and saved ground. The winner got the jump and in the meantime I was bottled up inside on the rail looking for room, and I didn’t have any room.”

 

Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Sueno)

“I found myself tracking (Anothertwistafate), and we both ran into traffic on the turn so I had to wait longer than I wanted to coming into the (finish of the 1 1/16-mile race.) I think it cost me a little bit. Did it cost me the win? I’m not sure. But I would have liked to have had some momentum when (Owendale) went by me. I still had the brakes on. Kind of unfortunate for the horse.”

Albin Jimenez (rider of fourth-place finisher Knicks Go)

“I tried to take him back a little bit and get him to relax, but he was so fresh. But he did good.”

 

 

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