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.”

 

It was a nail-biter. They put it to us. That was a good horse [Good Magic] and it was like they had their own private match race. Somebody had to give, and I’m glad it wasn’t us. I’m so happy that we got it done. He’s just a great horse, to handle all that pressure and keep on running. He had to really work for it and I’m happy for the horse and Mike and all the connections that we pulled it out. They ran fast; I’ve never had one run that fast here. It took a lot out of me but I’m just glad … everybody came to see a good horse race. It was a great horse race. Good Magic, I tip my hand to him. He made us really work. He’s a really good horse.” – (From NBC Broadcast)

Bob Baffert , Winning Trainer, Justify
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