Notes & Quotes From the Forbidden Apple: Mr Havercamp

(Mr Havercamp winning the Forbidden Apple at Saratoga on Friday / Photo by Adam Coglianese & Courtesy of NYRA)

Jockey Junior Alvarado (Mr Havercamp — 1st):

“I knew that there were two horses with speed, and I was sitting right where I wanted to be. By the half-mile pole, I was pretty excited with where I was and where he was travelling,” Alvarado said. “I knew that I had a lot of horse under me, so I was pretty confident. As soon as we turned for home, he gave me a nice kick and was just all out right there trying hard.”

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips (Mr Havercamp):

“Junior gave him a perfect ride,” Day Phillips said. “He got a very good position coming out of the gate. Going into the first turn, I was a little concerned with the mile track on the inside – he’d never been on a tight track like that – but he handled it well for a big horse.”

“It’s great to be back at Saratoga,” Day Phillips said. “We won the Saranac with Jambalaya. He was a very special horse to me and this horse has always reminded me of Jambalaya. We brought him [Mr Havercamp] here for the Saranac and he ran well but didn’t quite get the job done, but he got it done today.

“He runs well fresh,” she added. “This was probably a little steeper of a first race than we really wanted, but the Woodbine Mile is our goal, so we’re backing up and this is what brought us here this weekend. This race was here and Saratoga is Saratoga – it’s great to be here.”

Jockey Luis Saez (Hembree — 2nd):

“We had the perfect trip,” said Hembree jockey Luis Saez. “When we hit the straight, I thought I was going to get there but the wire was there first. He gave me a great effort.”

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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