Notes & Quotes From the G3 Shuvee: Golden Award

(Golden Award wins the G3 Shuvee at Saratoga on Sunday / Photo by Susie Raisher & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Summer Wind Equine’s well-bred Golden Award made the grade with a sparkling performance in Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee, a nine-furlong test for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Golden Award, by Medaglia d’Oro and out of the Arch mare Arch’s Gal Edith, is a half-sister to 2012 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Grade 1 Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, rider of Golden Award (1st):

“The trip set up nicely. She broke alertly and put herself in a good position,” said Gaffalione. “She was kind of keen a little bit down the backside but we were going awfully slow, so I just let her out a little bit and put my hands down and she just kept reaching and reaching. When I asked her coming into the stretch, she really exploded and finished the job.”

Gaffalione, who rode three winners on the card, credited Mott for the aggressive trip aboard Golden Award.

“Mr. Mott and I spoke in the paddock because last time she did the same thing; she ranged up there really easily and she just kind of hung,” said Gaffalione. “Today, he said, ‘Don’t wait on her and if you have the opportunity, go ahead and ask her and make them come get you,’ and he was right. He had her 100 percent ready and all the credit goes to him and his team.”

Jockey Jose Ortiz, rider of Wow Cat (2nd):

“They were going easy up front, but they were going head on at each other,” said Ortiz. “I got a shot to get outside by the three-eighths pole. She gave me a good run but the filly in front also finished up strong. It was her first race off the layoff. I think she should move forward from this.”

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.”

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