Notes & Quotes From the G3 Matt Winn Stakes: Mr. Money

(Mr. Money winning the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday night / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


Gabriel Saez, jockey of MR. MONEY (winner): “That was about as easy as you can do it. This horse has been so impressive all along and Bret and his team’s hard work is paying off. I’m so thankful to Bred and Chester (Thomas) for letting me ride this horse. The 1 1/16-mile distance was a little test tonight. He certainly proved he can do it.”

Bret Calhoun, trainer of MR. MONEY (winner): “The way this horse was training after the Pat Day Mile, we had an idea he’d run a big race. Gabe rode him perfectly tonight and he’s proving his talent, that’s for sure.”

Brian Hernandez Jr., jockey of SIGNALMAN (runner-up): “He came on strong but he got out run by a better horse today. He put in a very good race after the Preakness. You have to be proud of his effort today.”

Kenny McPeek, trainer of SIGNALMAN (runner-up): “I thought he ran a credible effort today. That was a nice horse who beat us but he ran a solid effort.”

Tyler Gaffalione, jockey of KNICKS GO (fifth): “We had some easy fractions and I was able to dictate the race. I just didn’t have enough to hang around with the winner. Mr. Money is a very nice horse.”

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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