Notes & Quotes From the Sanford Stakes: By Your Side

(By Your Side Wins the Sanford Stakes / Photo by Coglianese & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr (By Your Side — 1st):

“I got a perfect trip,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I had the outside post and he put me in a good spot early. He broke well on top. The speed went and he was second. He was acting like a professional. He relaxed so well and when I asked him to go, he just turned on.”

Trainer Eddie Kenneally (By Your Side):

“He’s shown that he’s the real deal for a while,” said Kenneally. “He’s a very professional horse. He just does everything right and relaxed nicely after breaking quick. Irad allowed the speed horses to go out, and the horse was content to relax on the outside. Perfect position [and] beautiful ride. He’s good but might be even better going long.”

“He came to me at Keeneland in April and just continued on from there,” said Kenneally. “He never did anything wrong. He has a very efficient, long stride, and his pedigree says that he wants to go longer. The way he relaxed will help the horse go longer as well.”

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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