Notes & Quotes From Pimlico Stakes on Friday: Mylady Curlin, Completed Pass, Point of Honor, Tenfold, Dogtag, Covfefe, Chalon

From the Pimlico Media Team:

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Brad Cox (Winning trainer, Mylady Curlin): “We’ve liked her from the get-go. She’s a nice filly. She ran a big race at Keeneland the other day [Winning an optional claimer on April 25]. Even though it was a four-horse field, she had a wide trip. Luis [Saez] rode her that day; the only thing I asked him to do [today] was to ask her to run away from there. I think having the lead and the rail was a nice place. I thought she fit well with these horses on paper. She got some good figures. The one thing I was concerned about was running her back a little quickly off the allowance race, but she was training well and looked good.”

Luis Saez (Winning jockey, Mylady Curlin): “She broke pretty well. I was running pretty good – last time I rode her at Keeneland she tried so much. Today, she had a clean break and was in the lead. And more distance, it was better, and when she came to the stretch it was really a battle. I had the feeling I had it all the way. At one point she [Golden Award] got there, but I felt I had it.”

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Claudio Gonzalez (Winning trainer, Completed Pass): “All the time he showed to me a lot of speed, that’s why we put him in the sprint when we took him to Charles Town [an allowance win at 4 1/2 furlongs]. He proved he could run. Then we tried him on grass, and he ran big the last time. Today, he had tough competition, but with the scratches we had, we thought he had a big chance. He’s a little funny. He doesn’t switch leads at the right time. But I know he can run.”

Victor Carrasco (Winning jockey, Completed Pass): “The post position helped, being on the outside on a fast horse. The instructions were to go on. He broke sharp, good enough, and I just made sure I was right there, the first one or two. Turning for home I was right there. When I said ‘go’ he gave me a nice kick and he got it done.”

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George Weaver (Winning trainer, Point of Honor): “She’s 3 for 4 now and we’ve always liked her. She graduated first time out and won a stakes next time out. The Gulfstream Park [Oaks] race was a little odd to us. She had some trouble in the first turn and got steadied and ate a little bit of dirt. She just didn’t seem quite as handy or responsive that day.  But the track was playing that day like a conveyor belt and it was carrying the front runners and it was a short run to the wire. So she didn’t really get into gear until inside the 16th-pole. We drew a little outside today and you lose ground being wide but I think she likes that kind of trip. Javier rode her as such. And she went back to where we were in the first place of wanting to go to the Kentucky Oaks and participate in some of these big races. She’s just very professional, very classy.”

Eclipse Thoroughbreds’ Aron Wellman (winning co-owner, Point of Honor): “We really believed in this filly and things didn’t quite go her way in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which we thought would be enough to qualify her for the Kentucky Oaks. We were on the outside looking in and didn’t get in and here we are today.”

“She’s a filly that likes to be in a high cruising speed, be in a rhythm and we were okay with her being outside today. In the Gulfstream Oaks, she got a little squeezed and was in tight in between horses. But she’s a big filly with a long stride and we didn’t want to disrupt her rhythm. So when I saw 23 [seconds] and change and saw 47 and Javier had a good hold on her on the outside in the clear, I was pretty confident. Down the lane I thought she would put them away with more ease but Brad Cox’s filly [Ulele] put up a heck of a fight. She really made our filly run to the wire.”

Javier Castellano (Winning jockey, Point of Honor): “I was kind of rolled around last time at Gulfstream and tried to save ground and didn’t have the best result.”

“Today, she placed perfect – eight horses. I lost a little ground but had a free trip. I didn’t have to get bounced around with the horses. I didn’t have to step aside. It worked out perfect. It was a perfect trip. Outside in the clear, she went by all the horses. That’s what I was looking for today and we had the best result.”

Brad Cox (Trainer, Ulele, 2nd): “[Jockey] Joel [Rosario] gave her a perfect trip and she ran a great race. It was a tremendous race from her and she’s a tough filly. I thought she performed well.”

Joel Rosario (Jockey, Ulele, 2nd): “She gave me a good trip. I thought she was in a good spot. She did everything I asked her to do and responded when I asked her. Turning for home I thought we were going to get her [Point of Honor] but that horse came with a strong run at the end.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (Jockey, Cookie Dough, 3rd): “I had a perfect trip. She got the lead but was beaten by two nice fillies. No excuses.”

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Steve Asmussen (Winning trainer, Tenfold): “Absolutely, it’s a very special win with a homebred for Winchell that came through [my] mom and dad’s program in Laredo. He just, he’s got it in him. He’s got it in him and you see him today.  Ricardo was talking about he’s got a lot of horse under him, but when he makes the lead, the addition of blinkers has kind of gotten him a little more serious in his training and hopefully this horse is going to have a huge rest of the year.”

“The sky is the limit for him. I don’t think he’s really laid his body down yet. He’s a sound horse and everything in the pedigree gets better with age.”

“This was a definite target because of how he ran in the Preakness last year. This was exactly the outcome we were hoping for.”

Ricardo Santana Jr. (Winning jockey, Tenfold): “That’s the horse we expected. We always believed in him. He always tries hard. He didn’t really like the track the other day [in the Oaklawn Handicap when seventh]. We always had confidence in him and today. I knew he was going to show what he had. He ran a really great race.

“At the three-eighths, I knew I had plenty of horse and I had to be patient and wait for the hole. When the hole opened and I asked him, he gave me a nice kick. I could feel the other horse coming on his side. The second he felt it, he kicked on. “

Todd Pletcher (Trainer, You’re to Blame, 2nd): “I thought he ran well, he had a pretty wide trip from that post. He didn’t break great. [Jockey] Jose [Ortiz] was able to get him a decent spot down the lane. The winner ran a good race.”

Jose Ortiz (Jockey, You’re to Blame, 2nd): “He broke a bit slow. I think it cost me the race. I wanted to be in the position Unbridled Juan was. If I was able to be where he was at I think I would have won the race. The slow break cost me a little bit, but that’s horse racing and I’m thankful he still ran a good race.”

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LNJ Foxwoods’ Jamie Roth (Winning owner, Dogtag): “I’m really happy to have Dogtag back in the winners’ circle. She had some time off and we skipped the Breeders’ Cup. It wasn’t a matter of talent or class; I don’t think she liked the yielding ground [in her last start]. I was watching the race from a weird spot so I wasn’t sure when she had it won. I was just rooting for the finish line. We haven’t discussed anything as to her next start.”

Javier Castellano (Winning jockey, Dogtag): “I’m very fortunate to ride some of the best horses in the country and have all the top trainers in the country give me an opportunity to ride these horses.

“You want to prepare mentally, physically. You want to do good, perform. And thank God everything is falling into right direction. I won with my first four horses. I hope it continues. I like my horse in the Black Eyed Susan and I’m looking forward to the Preakness.

“I give all the credit to [Dogtag’s trainer] Mr. [Chad] Brown. He did a great job of bringing her back since the layoff and performing the way she did today. It’s amazing. She’s a very good filly and the way she performed today I was very fortunate to be along for the ride.”

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Brad Cox (Winning trainer, Covfefe): “Javier did a great job. She did break the track record? It doesn’t matter, but she’s fast. We weren’t hell-bent on getting to the lead today. We were going to let the speed go if there was a lot of it. Javier did a great job of letting her fall into the race. I’m super pleased with her. This filly, we’ve thought she was a superstar from the start. To ship her to a Grade 1 [Frizette last fall] off breaking her maiden should tell you we like her. She put it together today.”

(Cox, who saddled his first career winner at Pimlico, said he would take a look at Saratoga’s Grade 1 Test)

“She’s worthy of trying a Grade 1.”

Javier Castellano (Winning jockey, Covfefe): “She did it very easy. I didn’t expect her to be on the lead. She has speed but the way I handicapped the race, in the back of my mind I didn’t want to take the pace because I knew it was going to be really fast and I was looking to save something for the end. But it didn’t work that way. She broke out of the gate and I had the best horse in the race. Let’s put in a great performance today and that’s exactly what she did today.

“I know she’s a good filly and she’s just a super -fast horse. It didn’t surprise me the way she performed today. I felt we were going fast but [going in 1:07.70] didn’t go through my mind once.”

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Arnaud Delacour (Winning trainer, Chalon): “Everything went well. She broke a touch slow. She’s usually a little more aggressive to break and get a position. It looked like Javier really had to hustle a little bit to get her into position. Once she got to a spot she was relaxed, and she looked like herself. She finished very well and looked like she had something left.”

Javier Castellano (Winning jockey, Chalon): “I thought it was best to be on the lead, but she didn’t break that well. She’s versatile that way – she can either be on the lead or come from behind.  Last year in the [Breeders’ Cup] she just got beat at the wire against the best horses in the country.”

 

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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