Notes & Quotes From the G3 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs

(Hot Springs turns it on late to win the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography & Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

COMMONWEALTH TURF QUOTES

Ricardo Santana Jr., jockey of HOT SPRINGS (winner): “He handled the surface well today. We got a lot of rain the other day so I knew the track would be pretty heavy. I watched some replays and wanted to make sure I got him to settle early in the race. Once the hole opened up and I got him outside he responded very well. He’s a very nice horse and very talented. I think he’s going to keep getting better into next year.”

Steve Asmussen, trainer of HOT SPRINGS (winner): “He’s 4-for-4 over the surface here but today was the most impressive one. The way he was finishing up was very impressive. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to Churchill next year. There are some very nice races down the road for this colt.”

Ben Colebrook, trainer of MARZO (third): “I really thought we were going to steal that race. He ran great on the front end. That was a great effort.”

I was thinking I was riding this horse up too close. I might have been taking his kick away from him. So today I went a different way. We had a big field and I knew there would be some pace, so I sat back with him. Then he came running. I had a lot of horse.”

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