(Koala Princess wins the Ainsworth Stakes at KY Downs on Sunday / All Photos by Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)

From the KY Downs Media Team:

The Ainsworth Stakes Quotes

Trainer Quotes: 

Arnaud Delacour — Koala Princess (1st):

“It’s good to win races; they’re tough to win here. Everybody shows up with what they think is their best stock at the time. Whoever will handle the track, that is always a question mark. I was very happy with Koala Princess. We were a little worried about the timing. She ran three weeks ago. We had to ship, but obviously she handled everything fine. We had a great ride by Joel; he didn’t panic. He just sat there and she came with her run, so it was exciting.”

Jockey Quotes:

Joel Rosario — Koala Princess (1st):

“It was good. It looked like she was handling it really nice today. She’s showed a really good turn of foot turning for home.

Instructions from the trainer? “He told me that she is kind of quick out of there. After that, put her wherever you are comfortable trying to find out what was the best part of the track.”

“She broke fine. There were a couple there that looked like they were in a hurry a little bit. We got to the turn and found myself in a good spot with the speed they were going. I just tried to stay there for a little while. She was handling everything inside there nice, and so I tried to stay there and look for the clear path.”

John Velazquez — Mystic Eyes (2nd):

“She ran very good. She has a lot to learn. She needs to relax a little bit in the first part. She finished it OK, but the other horse just finished a little bit better than her. But I think the first part of the race made the difference for her.”