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Jockey Talk


Gary Stevens, Point Given: "I knew going into the first turn the race was over. He was taking to the track perfectly today. I can't understand or explain what happened at Churchill Downs. But the horse I rode today didn't show up at Churchill. As we went down the backside, I was sitting on a mountain. When this horse is right, he is the horse."

Victor Espinoza, A P Valentine: "We broke sharp. I wanted to get position as soon as possible to get in a good spot around the first turn. At the half-mile pole, Point Given went by me on the outside. I wanted to go with him, but I couldn't. Then I dropped inside and got through without any problems. I had clear sailing after that."

Jerry Bailey, Congaree: "The ground broke from under me at the gate. It didn't seem to cost me much. My horse ran a good race and he was strong. In fact, he ran his race but the other horse [Point Given] was too tough for us. I don't mean that stumbling doesn't cost you any ground in a big race like this, but we recovered well."

Pat Day, Dollar Bill: "We broke alertly and were comfortably placed. I was able to tuck in and save ground. The winner went by me in the middle of the track, but I wasn't able to go with him. At the 4 1/2 -furlong pole, I tried to go up inside A P Valentine. He was outside of me, and the 1 horse [Marciano] was inside me. I saw a hole. But A P Valentine wanted it, too, and he got there first. I had to make a left-hand turn and had to check, and for a few strides I was right on the 1 horse's heels."

Shaun Bridgmohan, Griffinite: "It was a pretty cleanly run race. Everything went according to plan. And my horse made his move and I thought ran a great race. Despite all the odds against him, he still managed to put in his run."

Jorge Chavez, Monarchos: "He broke well and I guess you can say it was a good trip, kind of. I was following Point Given for a while. I asked him, and he was fighting a little with the track. He was slipping. It was a different track and a different pace [than the Derby]."

Mark Johnston, Marciano: "I had the best seat in the house today. He had a good race, and it was great for a horse like this to run in this race because he needed to learn from it, and I expect him to come back very strong."

Ramon Dominguez, Bay Eagle: "He came out of the gate sharp. We were laying third, but I was not concerned. I figured he'd get outrun, so we'd be able to drop back like we wanted. But the time wasn't that fast, so I had to take hold of him and bring him back. It was a good effort by him."

Jon Court, Percy Hope: "He broke alertly. He was push-button control. Point Given came around me with authority. We tried to keep up with him. We gave it a good effort. Against the caliber of horses he met, he ran real hard, and I'm proud of him."

Rick Wilson, Richly Blended: "My colt picked it up and went with them until the top of the lane. He stayed with them as long as he could. I didn't push him in the stretch because he was showing a little stress."

Corey Nakatani, Mr. John: "He didn't run any good. He just ran in spurts - you know, go, then slow."

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