Notes & Quotes From the G2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes: Bell’s the One

(Bell’s the One after winning the G2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Corey Lanerie (winning rider of Bell’s the One)

“It went just like I expected. Except when the three horse (Indian Pride) got off a little slow, I got a little worried that maybe the pace wouldn’t be what I needed up front. It still worked out great. I was hoping to be back there by myself where she would relax. Whenever I called on her, (I) just gave her some running room and somewhere to go. Mr. Neil (Pessin, the trainer) did a great job. I want to thank him and the owners (Lothenbach Stables) for giving me the opportunity because she was ready today, and she wasn’t getting beat.”

Neil Pessin (winning trainer)

“(I had) a lot of confidence. She came into it really well. Her last work before the last race (Dogwood [L] at Churchill Downs on Sept. 21) was exceptional, and she ran second (in the Dogwood) behind Covfefe, (who) broke the stakes record. The work here the other day was better than the work at Churchill. In the race, we were where we wanted to be. When I saw her moving up the fence at the three-eighths pole, I knew she was going to be tough.”

Drayden Van Dyke (rider of runner-up First Star)

“She showed a little bit more speed than I thought she would have. She was training so good up to this race; she was sharp. She put in a great effort. I had a perfect trip. I thought she was going to grind it out and hold on, but the winner just got the best of us today.”

John Velazquez (rider of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Indian Pride)

On leaving the starting gate a step slow and then moving up to midpack early

“What I should have done (at the start) was keep her behind the horses where she could get to relax.”

Mike Smith (rider of fourth-place finisher Irish Mischief)

“She ran really well. I was hoping to be able to sit off of them a little more than I was able to, which hurt me some, but honestly she ran big.”

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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