Notes & Quotes From Churchill Downs’ Stakes On Sunday

(Mother Mother captures the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Rags to Riches Stakes:

Florent Geroux, jockey of MOTHER MOTHER (winner): “When Bob sends horses to Kentucky, you can always feel confident putting them up into the race. She ended up getting a little tired late but put her head down and tried hard to the end. She is very professional. She switched leads at the right time and tried hard.”

Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer of MOTHER MOTHER: “She got a little bit of a temperature after her last race which threw the Breeders’ Cup plans out. Bob said, ‘Let’s go out there and see what happens.’ We added blinkers to get her a little bit more aggressive. She was a little laid back but they’ve shown they help.”

Brian Hernandez Jr., jockey of MOLTO BELLA (runner-up): “She ran really well. I thought she had a great trip but just didn’t get to the winner.”

Corey Lanerie, jockey of High Regard (third): “When we swung out I thought we maybe could’ve gotten second.”

Julien Leparoux, jockey of Chocolate Kisses (last): ‘She just stumbled pretty bad out of the gate. I’m okay – just a bad scenario.”

(Dunph wins the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes:

Tyler Gaffalione, rider of the winner Dunph:

“The horse broke really sharp and I got into the spot I wanted,” Gaffalione said. “When I turned for home I still had a ton of horse left. I think he’ll just keep getting better as the distances get longer. I think I like it here in Kentucky.”

Mike Maker, trainer of DUNPH: “That was very impressive. He’s been doing well over at Trackside and has a very bright future.”

Julio Garcia, jockey of Naughty Joker (runner-up): “We couldn’t get to the winner but she did well.”

Ignacio Correas IV, trainer of Into the South (third): “She ran a nice race. She’s still young and can keep improving.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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