Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

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Tyler Gaffalione (winning rider of Bigger Picture)

“The horse broke good. He put himself in a nice position. We saved ground around both turns. I just followed Jose (Ortiz on Zulu Alpha) when he made his move, and (Bigger Picture) grinded it out. All the credit goes to (trainer) Mike (Maker) and his team; they do a fabulous job.”

On why the jockey has been successful at Keeneland

“Just good opportunities. I get to ride nice horses for good connections. My agent does a great job, so I’m just very thankful.”

Mike Maker (winning trainer)

“I think he was compromised last time by the slow pace (and finished seventh in the March 30 Pan American [G2] at Gulfstream Park).”

Luis Saez (rider of runner-up Red Knight)

“I had a perfect trip. He was traveling good, and he made a good move and just got beat. I saw the winner when he was right there. We just got beat; that was a tough beat.”

Jose Ortiz (rider of 6-5 favorite and third-place finisher Zulu Alpha)

“He digs in hard. He tried very hard. (We had) a little premature move on the backside for a mile-and-a-half (race) but I had no choice, I had to go. I was in my spot and the eight (Red Knight) came a little early – earlier than what I expected.

“That allowed Bigger Picture to go on and make his run. The top three (finishers) can get a mile and a half, and I’ve ridden all three of them. They are very good horses, and very similar. It just depends on who gets the trip, and today Bigger Picture got the better trip.”


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