(Family Way / All Photos by Coady Photography)
From the KY Downs Media Team:
Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (10th running) Quotes:
Tyler Gaffalione — Family Way (1st):
“All the credit goes to Brendan and his team. This filly has been a project from the beginning. He’s done a tremendous job with her.
“Very simple race. She broke well. She tracked the leaders and coming down the backside hill I was able to just jump outside and get into the three-path and let my filly find her stride. When I called on her she finished up well.”
“I saved most of the ground to maybe about the half-mile pole and then I figured that I had plenty of horse, just give her a clean path.”
Adam Beschizza — La Lune (2nd):
“She ran pretty good. The winner just found a little bit extra inside the sixteenth.”
Joel Rosario, rider of 7-2 Micheline (sixth), winner of the Dueling Grounds Oaks in 2020 at Kentucky Downs:
“I had some room inside, but then a horse came in on me a little bit. I had to go to another plan and go outside, but I was blocked that way, too. She still was finishing a little bit, and had a little energy left and kept running to the end.”
Brendan Walsh — Family Way (1st):
“She has been a little bit tempermental, but not too bad. It’s a tribute to my team that they have done a great job on her because she was a little bit of a project from the get-go. But we’ve got her turned around and I think she showed that today. It’s great to win this with her because she belongs to a bunch of friends of mine, who bought her last year in France.
“She has a great pedigree. The pedigree actually goes back to a filly called Mekko Hokte, who Eddie Kenneally trained when I worked for Eddie. It’s the family of Caravaggio. It’s a serious pedigree. It’s huge to win something like this with her.
Getting to this race: “This was going to be our plan at the end of the year. It was always on the cards. We thought that the distance was maybe going to stretch her a little bit, but she seemed like she got it pretty good. She loved the track here today.
She ran versus males last time: “I wanted to get a run into her over that distance. In Europe they runs mares against colts all the time. It’s something you kind of forget. It worked out good. It was kind of the steppingstone to today.
“She had been doing really good and she behaved very well in the paddock today, which gave me an inkling that maybe today was going to be a good day for her. It was a question of whether she was good enough or not. She beat some nice fillies today.”
Edward Vaughn — La Lune (2nd):
“It’s her first run since she came from England just a little while back. She’s a tiny filly but she’s all heart. She’s a Grade 3 winner in England and a listed winner. She skipped around there very well. It’s gutting to come so close and not get it done. She’s come from last. But she’ll have a future here for sure. The Dowager at Keeneland, that’s where I’d say we’ll go next. She’ll probably have one more, maybe two… She’s at the top of her game now, so we look forward to running her next time. I think just a bit more experience like American style, just jumping out of the gate quickly.”