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.”

I don’t know if she’s good enough to get done what she’s doing right now. I know she’s just in super-good form right now,” said trainer Darrin Miller. “She feels very good and has had no issues. She seems like a really happy mare right now. She’s very game, we know that much.”

“At Saratoga, I really wasn’t sure how much the ground played up there for us that day, even though she ran a big race and we were really confident in her going up there. She was doing everything right coming into this race. We knew she would do the best she could do. So we were very confident that she wasn’t going to back out of anything, regardless of where that ended us up in the race.”

Darrin Miller, Trainer of the winner Ruby Notion

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