Notes & Quotes From the Mamzelle Stakes: Change of Control

(Change of Control winning the Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


Gabriel Saez, jockey of CHANGE OF CONTROL (winner): “It was a great effort by this horse and a great job of training by Michelle (Lovell). She broke well and I just tried to keep her in position around the turn. Once she got ahold of the ground she really responded well late and surged to the front.”

Michelle Lovell, trainer of CHANGE OF CONTROL (winner): “I’m so proud of (Change of Control). We broke well from the gate but I got a little worried when she dropped back in the field. Then, I could tell she really wasn’t getting a hold of the ground at first. Finally, around the turn, she really started to kick it into gear and I thought ‘We may have a shot here.’ Sure enough, she just exploded home. We’ve tried to get her on the turf in her last couple of starts but the rain kept washing them off. I think we found out she really likes the turf.”

Tyler Gaffalione, jockey of ABYSSINIAN (runner-up): “We ran a good race and the winner just closed from out of nowhere.”

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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