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.”


(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

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