(Secret Money / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the KY Downs Media Team:

Quotes from the $1 Million Music City Stakes:

Tyler Gaffalione, winning jockey Secret Money:

“It feels amazing to win that kind of race here. Brendan has done a great job with that filly. He said he was pointing for this race a couple months back. And he brought her over ready to run. As soon as a spot opened up, she didn’t hesitate. She ran right through and finished up very well. It all has to come together. You have to have the trip, have to have the luck. Everything has to fall into place and luckily it did for us today.”

Brendan Walsh, winning trainer Secret Money:

“She’s been very good all  year. She hasn’t put a foot wrong really. She had a horrible trip at Woodbine a couple of starts back. Came back, we decided we’d try to stretch her out, see if she’d get the mile at Saratoga. She ran really well, didn’t quite get home, but ran a very respectable third in very good company. We always had this race in the back of our mind all year, the 6 1/2 we felt would hit her right between the eyes. Thankfully it did. I’m delighted. It’s a great group of owners. It’s Richard’s first time here at Kentucky Downs, so it’s been a great experience for him.

“Tyler gave her a great ride as usual.”

(On purse being raised to $1 million) “Absolutely. We’re always thankful for a few bucks extra. Listen, it was great. This has always been a lucky track for us. It’s nice to come and win a nice race like this.”

Richard Nicolai, winning co-owner, Secret Money and winning his first $1 million race in first trip to Ky Downs:

“It feels great, let me tell you. I have good partners and a great trainer. A lot of patience. This filly really did her work for us today. I thought she had a tough race ahead of her, but she made it look easy, to be honest with you. We’re really thrilled.”

“I love this place, and I love it a lot more after winning. It’s a real experience, and they did a great job at this place. I can’t wait to come back.”

Kelsey Danner, trainer, runner-up Danse Macabre:

“She ran great. She just got beat. It was a great race.