Notes & Quotes From the G2 Wise Dan Stakes: March to the Arch

(March to the Arch winning the G2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday night / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


Tyler Gaffalione, jockey of MARCH TO THE ARCH (winner): “The race set up beautifully. The speed went ahead and I was able to tuck in going into the first turn. So, we were saving ground all around and I kind of just followed Corey (on Parlor) when he started making his move. When I got him outside, he really exploded. He just kicked it into gear.”

David Carroll, assistant trainer of MARCH TO THE ARCH (winner): “It was just a super ride by Tyler. He saved ground all the way around, swung him out and he kicked hard. What a race. IT was only his third start of the year. He ran at Tampa and got beat only five lengths to Bricks and Mortar. Hopefully he’ll have a big year going forward. Not only is Tyler a tremendous rider, he’s a tremendous person. He’s very mature and it shows every time he rides for us.”

John Ortiz, trainer of ALL RIGHT (runner-up): “I had tears in my eyes cheering so loudly that I thought we won. I’m so incredibly proud of this horse. We were so close and he ran such a phenomenal effort.”

Joel Rosario, jockey of ADMISSION OFFICE (third): “We were pretty far back but we were closing fast. We just didn’t get there in time. He ran a good race and had a strong turn of foot.”

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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