Notes & Quotes From the Galway Stakes: Eyeinthesky

(Eyeinthesky wins the Galway Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday / Coglianese Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)

One day after capturing the Grade 1 Fourstardave at Saratoga Race Course with Got Stormy, conditioner Mark Casse and owner Gary Barber teamed up again to take Sunday’s feature with Eyeinthesky winning the inaugural running of the $100,000 Galway for 3-year-old fillies.

Jockey Joel Rosario — Eyeinthesky (1st):

“I was saving a little ground around the turn to give her a chance to go ahead and go on,” said Rosario. “For a second, I thought she wasn’t going to get there, but she kept coming and coming and got the final jump. Last time when I rode her, I went wide a little bit on the turn and this time, I just saved a little ground. We got there just in time.”

Trainer Mark Casse — Eyeinthesky:

“Sometimes, she does [break well], sometimes she doesn’t,” said Casse. “She’s a bit of a nervous filly. We did change the way we took her to the gate to try and calm her down a little bit. I said to Joel, ‘Don’t be surprised if she breaks like a shot.’ It was a good race. A good ride. I wasn’t sure she was going to get there until the last jump and even then I wasn’t sure.

“Even though this is her second New York stakes win, she’s showed some things that there’s still some untapped talent there,” he added. “It may not come until she’s four. I’ll probably do similar to what we did with Got Stormy and run her one more time and then give her a few months off and try to bring her back as a 4-year-old.”

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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