(Tobys Heart / All Photos by Coady Photography)
From the KY Downs Media Team:
Nelson’s Green Brier Whiskey Music City Stakes Quotes
Joel Rosario — Tobys Heart (1st):
“It was perfect. The horse ran really well there, I was just waiting to see if something would open up for her. They just decided to stay off the rail, and she just outran them when she was clear.
“I have to thank all the people who gave me the opportunity at Kentucky Downs – the trainers, and owners, who gave me this opportunity. I really feel blessed.
“I listened to what Brian (trainer Brian Lynch) had to say. It looked like we were in a real good spot, with a little speed in front of us. She was handling the grass nicely and came home with a strong run.”
“This has been a very special week.”
Brian Lynch — Tobys Heart (1st):
Coming here off a third in the G3 Lake George: “She’s been running with some serious horses, and a little cut back in distance really fell into play today.”
Having Rosario up for the first time: “It was great to get Joel on her. Definitely horses are running for him at the moment. He rides this course as good as anybody. We’re definitely thrilled to have him on board.”
Purchased for $45,000, now has four wins in eight starts: “She’s a very shrewd purchase, and she has panned out to be a very nice filly for us. Hopefully there is more to come with her. She was undefeated as a 2-year-old and she is just starting to wind into a real good 3-year-old campaign.”
Is she a miler? “I think she can get a mile. Six and a half (for) her plays like seven. I’m not convinced that she can’t get two turns or beyond. Just thrilled that she’s in our barn, she’s on our teams and we’re not playing against her.”
Won stakes here before?: “No. I’ve been second in a couple of the million dollar races. It was nice to knock out a million worth of purses this week.”