(Juliet Foxtrot wins the G1 Jenny Wiley / Coady Photography)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
Tyler Gaffalione (winning rider of Juliet Foxtrot [GB])
“She really relished the ground. They said that they worked her a couple weeks back over a turf course similar to this and they said she just ate it up. As soon as she broke, I could feel that I had a ton of horse and she was loving every bit of it. I just put my hands down when she broke and she came right back to me. It was an easy ride today.”
Garrett O’Rourke (of winning owner Juddmonte Farms)
“I think there was a confidence that she would be able to handle the soft turf because she had been here a couple years ago and we had a filly that we knew, Gaining (GB), that had won here, and we knew Gaining liked the soft turf and they had worked together on soft turf.
“Tessa (Bisha, trainer Brad Cox’s assistant) and Brad both said she loves this. That’s a while ago. She’s run some great races since. She has been Grade 1-placed and placed in this race last year. It was brave on behalf of everybody at Juddmonte to make the move to keep her (in training) for one more year to try to win that elusive Grade 1. This is huge for the mare. She looked absolutely magnificent today, and for as consistent of a performer as she’s been, I just think she thoroughly deserves it, which makes it all the more sweet for us.”
On Juddmonte earning its 16th graded stakes win here to receive a Keeneland Pitcher – part of the track’s signature Milestone Trophy Program. Only three other owners have earned the Keeneland Pitcher: Claiborne Farm [Fall 1968], Bwamazon Farm [Spring 1983] and William S. Farish [Spring 2003].
“It’s taken a lot of effort over the years and a tremendous amount of commitment from (the late) Prince Khalid and now his family and sons. It’s a great tribute for the effort and planning and perseverance of the whole operation. And it’s been a fun ride.”
Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of runner-up Tamahere [FR])
“She was sitting in a good spot and when the horse in front opened up entering the far turn, we ended up being second best.”