Notes & Quotes From the G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County

(Steve Asmussen trains Chanteline Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Scott Blasi (assistant to Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Chanteline)

“She’s just got such a big heart. She’s gotten really good this summer. I actually think she prefers the grass over the dirt (where she won the March 3 Spring Fever at Oaklawn). She’s learned to relax and punch home. She’s been very special to us.”

Ricardo Santana Jr. (winning rider)

“I saw the race had a lot of speed. She’s the kind of filly where you can put her in the lead, you can put her from behind. She always tries hard. Today, I followed the same plan I did at Saratoga (where she won the Aug. 26 Smart N Fancy): Put her behind the speed and make one run. That’s what she did.”

Flavien Prat (rider of favorite and runner-up Belvoir Bay [GB])

“I wish I had gotten out earlier than that. I had to wait a little bit, and then she gave me a great trip. She ran a great race. (I knew) I could get through on the rail. I wish we could have gone a little faster (with the fractions), but it is what it is.”

Jose Lezcano (rider of third-place finisher and defending champion Morticia)

“She is a very nice filly, always runs very good. She is always right there. She ran her race. I had a very good trip. No trouble at all.”


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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