Notes & Quotes From the G1 Secretariat: Valid Point

Don’t is too big a step for Chad Brown or one of his horses. Not at Arlington Park. Not on the grass. Not even in Grade 1 Stakes.

Valid Point, making just his third start, just won an allowance race for the talented turf guru last time out. Seems fitting that he try a G1 the next time out, right?

Fit just perfectly.

On Saturday, Valid Point looked like a world-beater on a grandiose stage, firing down the lane to win the G1 Secretariat.

Trainer Chad Brown — Valid Point (1st):

“Thanks to Mike Ryan and Bob Edwards. The horse got hurt at 2 and we couldn’t run him, but they gave him back to me in excellent shape.”

Jockey Javier Castellano — Valid Point:

“I really like the way he felt today,” Castellano said. “I let the horse be himself and relax going into the first turn and get into a nice rhythm. The way he finished was impressive to me. When I picked him up he responded right away and I think he’s going to be a really nice horse.”

Jockey Wayne Lordan — Van Beethoven (2nd):

“He ran well. I would have liked to have ridden him a bit more forward, but we got away a little bit slow. We ran a very good race.”

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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