Kentucky Derby Quotes:
Mario Gutierrez (Jockey, I'll Have Another): “I don't know what to say. Thanks to Mr. Reddam for the confidence he showed in me at Santa Anita for allowing me to continue to ride this horse.”
“He is an amazing horse. I told everybody before the first time I rode him, I knew he was the one.”
Doug O'Neill (Trainer, I'll Have Another): “That race (the Robert B. Lewis that he won at 43-1) really surprised me. They wanted to try that spot to see if he was a Derby horse and then he repeated in the Santa Anita Derby.”
“Maryland here we come, baby!”
KENT DESORMEAUX (Dullahan, third) – “He was starting to get disgruntled because of all the sand he had eaten. I was encouraging him to go faster but he was slowing down. When I made my move turning for home, two horses peeled out in front of me and I ended up going nine wide.”
JOHN VELAZQUEZ (Went the Day Well, fourth) – “We didn't break out of there well and it was screwed up from there on. I was actually just beating Julien (Leparoux, Union Rags) into the first turn, so that's how far back we were. The horse next to me clipped heels coming out of the gate, so now I've got to steady and go inside of him. We go to the first turn and he gets pushed over and I have to steady again. Now I'm far back with Julien. Now I have to go around the horse in the first turn, got outrun three-wide, went back to the inside, and I got a good trip from there, but I was so far back I couldn't make up that much ground, no way, not on this kind of track the way it is today.”
JOEL ROSARIO (Creative Cause, fifth) – “He was doing everything perfect as we went around; everything was good. Turning for home, we were in great shape, but he seemed to get a little tired the last part.”
MARTIN GARCIA (Liaison, sixth) – “I broke good and then my horse handled the track well. We expected to him to run that good and he did.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX (Union Rags, seventh) – “He broke a step slow and he usually breaks well from the gate. Then he got bumped and we dropped far back. After the first turn and on the backside, I tried to find room inside but I had nowhere to go where I can make a move. At that time, I knew it was going to be tough to come back. It's unfortunate.”
JOSE LEZCANO (Rousing Sermon, eighth) – “He broke well and got good position early. But he didn't seem to have a lot steam today. He gave me a little run when I asked him to, but it wasn't enough.”
RAMON DOMINGUEZ (Hansen, ninth) – “He ran well. We didn't have any excuse. He was a little bit eager in the first part of the race as I suspected he would be. After the first three-sixteenths of a mile, he came back to me beautifully and we sitting in a good spot. He didn't finish as good we would have liked. Today it appeared it was a little too far.”
COLM O'DONOGHUE (Horse, 20th) – “He broke really good from the gates and he traveled really well down to the six-furlong marker, but the surface was too slow for him. He needs a really sound surface.
“In American terms the track is rated 'fast' and obviously the fractions are really quick, but he really needs a sound surface where he can really feel everything underneath him.”
How did he handle the break with the rest of the field coming over on him? “He was fine. He had loads of tactical speed and he's able to stop-start, but he found that the surface is just too slow for him. There's just that difference between the Tapeta surface, obviously, and the dirt.
“In the lane he was really backing off and they were coming around him so when he wasn't handling it I wasn't going to push him. He's got a long year ahead.”
DALE ROMANS (Dullahan, third) – “I told (jockey Kent Desormeaux) to get out in the clear, and he came running. He had to go a lot wider than he wanted to, but he finished strong. It was just an unlucky break.”
GRAHAM MOTION (Went the Day Well, fourth) – “Johnny (Velazquez) said he just had a tough trip. As good a trip as he got last year, he had a tough trip this year. He galloped out in front.”
MIKE HARRINGTON (Creative Cause, fifth) – “It didn't look like he had any trouble. He just got outrun, I guess.”
BOB BAFFERT (Liaison, sixth) – “He ran like he was training. He got back in the groove. He ran a great race.”
MICHAEL MATZ (Union Rags, seventh) – “Julian (Leparoux) said he just didn't get a good break. He just had a rough trip, he said.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Rousing Sermon, eighth) – “He ran all right. He had a decent trip, we just didn't get there. The Derby is a tough race to win.”
MIKE MAKER (Hansen, ninth) – “We didn't have the best horse. Ramon (Dominguez) had him in a great spot and he had every chance if we were good enough. We weren't good enough.”
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