(Spooky Channel wins the G3 Sycamore Stakes / Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Jason Barkley (winning trainer of Spooky Channel)

On winning his first graded stakes

“It’s a very good feeling. It’s nice to be out here on the Keeneland turf for the stakes presentation. As an assistant (trainer), we were out a few times but when you do it yourself, it’s great. It’s a team effort. It’s just exciting. Horses will take you places. It’s all him. He’s all heart. He’s a cool horse. I’m just happy to have him.”

Julien Leparoux (winning jockey)

“We had a great trip. He broke sharp and put me in the right spot. We were lucky to cross down and be able to drop inside and save ground the whole race. I knew I was following the one to beat (Two Emmys). I knew (Spooky Channel) was going to bring me at least to the eighth pole, and when he found the room, he came nice. That was a nice race.”

James Graham (rider of runner-up Two Emmys)

“The winner is proven he wants to go that far. It is what it is. Everything went in our favor; it was just unlucky to lose. He ran his race.”

Mac Robertson (trainer of Two Emmys)

“It was good until the end. He runs hard every time and we appreciate having a good horse. Congratulations to the winner.

“He probably will get a little time off around here until the weather turns cold and then he probably will go to Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the winter.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of beaten favorite and ninth-place finisher Glynn County)


“Everything went to plan. I was able to get a nice ground-saving position. He was traveling well, but when it came time to run he just didn’t have much to give me. (Traffic) kind of stacked up around the second turn. I just wasn’t able to get through there.”