Notes & Quotes From the G2 Glens Falls Stakes: Mrs. Sippy


(Mrs. Sippy wins the G2 Glens Falls / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Andrew Stone’s Mrs. Sippy made her North American debut a winning one in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Glens Falls, a 1 3/8-mile inner turf route for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Saratoga Race Course.

The Glens Falls was one of four stakes on the lucrative Woodford Racing Festival card including the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets won by Preservationist; the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress captured by Royal Charlotte; and the Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac taken by Global Access.

Trainer Graham Motion — Mrs. Sippy (1st):

“Every time I looked away at my other filly Empressof the Nile, Joel had crept up a couple of spots,” said Motion. “It was an impressive performance and an impressive ride by Joel. She did everything right. I’ll have to look for bigger fish because I thought her win today was very nice.”

Jockey Joel Rosario — Mrs. Sippy: 

Rosario, who picked up his first Glens Falls win and eighth stakes win of the meet, said he felt confident in Mrs. Sippy throughout.

“She broke a little bit slow and then after that it was all her. It looked like she just wanted to follow somebody the whole time,” said Rosario. “I just thought that’s the way she’s probably used to running in Europe. She did well for her first time here. Graham just told me to be comfortable where you are and take it from there. I knew I had to wait a little bit going into the turn, but she was able to pick up again and get going kicking on to the wire.”

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.”

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