(Anglophile / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the KY Downs Media Team:

Declan Cannon, winning jockey Anglophile:

“Beautiful trip. Got a little more forward than I thought today, but he fell into a nice rhythm. I knew he’d stay the distance. I just rode him with plenty of confidence. He was doing his best late work and hit the line strong. He’s a really nice horse. He beat older horses at Ellis and that’s when I really knew he was on the improve. It’s not always easy to beat older horses going two turns. We pointed for this race for a long time.”

(Just got beat in the prep at Ellis) “I shouldn’t have gotten beat on him last time. I made a mule of it. I kind of got stuck behind horses and got out too late. I made sure I got plenty of running room today, so I made amends.”

(First $1 million win?) “It is, yeah. It will probably take a day or two to sink in. I’ve never seen those kinds of numbers in front of my name in a card before.”

“Fun bunch of owners, no doubt. That’s what you need in the sport, guys who really enjoy today’s outing. That’s what it’s all about. Getting a group of friends together and coming and having a great day at the races.”

“Brian just said to ride him with confidence. Brian never gives me instructions. He lets me do my job and he does a great job in the mornings getting these horses ready. When he legs me up, I have no worries on my side.”

Winning Trainer Brian Lynch:

“It was great. He’d been training so well coming into this race. We thought he had a little bit of traffic there last time that probably could have cost him the prep for it. But he overcame it today. What a great, confident ride with Declan. It was just great to see this little horse and this group of guys. Just a wonderful group. To pull this off for them is fantastic. Everybody just loves this little horse. He just continues to get better and better. We’re just thrilled to have him in the barn.”

“I think the sky’s the limit for this little guy, especially for these marathon distances. So we’ll just let the dust settle here and we’ll look for bigger and better things down the road.”

“I’m just thrilled for Declan. He’s been a big part of our team. He gets out there early every day, working horses. Thrilled for Declan. Just great to see him have such a strong meet at Ellis and really continuing it here at Kentucky Downs.”

(Going up against G1 winner Far Bridge) “As a trainer, you just try to focus on your own horse. Sometimes you get tangled up looking at everybody else’s horse. With him, every day he was coming into this race just better and better. I just can’t say enough good things about him.”

Jockey JOSE ORTIZ, second, Far Bridge:

“I had a good trip but he tried to lug in a little bit passing the quarter pole. I was right in the clear and he went back in behind Battle of Normandy. I had to take a hold and grab him and go outside again. I think that is what cost him the race right there. I am sure I would have won it.”

Hunter Rankin, Owner, LFG Racing, Anglophile: 

“Had this idea to put 14 guys together and got together with this horse. It is very special to me because my parents bred this horse. He is such a neat little horse, he does everything you ask him to do. IF you don’t ask him to do it, he won’t but if you ask him he will. He has just gotten better with racing. We put blinkers on him a race ago and it helped him because he is so laid back. I can’t say enough about what Brian Lynch and his staff have done with him.