Sunday, May 2, 2004
They Said It
LOUISVILLE - Quotes from trainers, owners and jockeys from Saturday's Kentucky Derby:
SMARTY JONES (1st): "Yes, this is the Kentucky Derby. But a horse race is a horse race. You do what you think is right at the time and, you know, I've done this thousands of times." - jockey Stewart Elliott.
LION HEART (2nd): "There's nothing to be ashamed of, winning the silver medal." - trainer Patrick Biancone.
IMPERIALISM (3rd): "It pretty much went the way I thought it would. I knew the toughest thing for him would be getting to the outside." - trainer Kristin Mulhall.
LIMEHOUSE (4th): "I felt like he handled the track pretty well. I thought we were going to hold onto third for a little while, but Imperialism got by us late for that." - trainer Todd Pletcher.
THE CLIFF'S EDGE (5th): "The worst thing you can do is give excuses, but you don't want to. My horse lost both front shoes." - trainer Nick Zito.
ACTION THIS DAY (6th): "I had a good trip and my horse made up a lot of ground. But the track favored the speed horses today, and I had to come from so far back. He tried very hard and ran a good race." - jockey David Flores.
READ THE FOOTNOTES (7th): "He broke sharp and was in good position heading into the turn. Smarty Jones just got away from us at that part and he was just grinding from there." - trainer Richard Violette.
BIRDSTONE (8th): "We didn't have enough time to warm up. By the time we were on the track, we were going to the gate. Because he wasn't warmed up enough, he broke slow, and then I had to follow the crowd." - jockey Edgar Prado.
TAPIT (9th): "He was a little stronger than I would have wanted early on. When I asked him to pick it up on the backside I knew we were in trouble, because we were struggling to pass horses." - jockey Ramon Dominguez.
BORREGO (10th) - "He was coughing pretty badly after the race. I don't know for sure, but I think something was wrong." - jockey Victor Espinoza.
SONG OF THE SWORD (11th): "With the track playing how it was and knowing that his dad loved the slop, we were hoping that he'd take to it. But the jock said he didn't take to it. He told me that he made a nice run but that he just kind of stopped." - trainer Jennifer Pedersen.
MASTER DAVID (12th): "I was in good position all the way. But he started slipping and sliding. He wasn't handling it. At the half-mile pole, he really got discouraged and it was all over from there." - jockey Alex Solis.
PRO PRADO (13th): "Coming from the 19 hole, he had a good trip. He was in a good spot at the top of the turn, but maybe a mile and a quarter is just too far for him. He'll get a rest and we'll go from there." - trainer Bob Holthus.
CASTLEDALE (14th): "The race was done after about the first four strides. He didn't handle the track at all." - trainer Jeff Mullins.
FRIENDS LAKE (15th): "I was proud of him up to the running of the race. He was great in the paddock. He was great loading in the gate; he didn't hesitate at all. He broke running but really had a hard time with the footing." - trainer John Kimmel.
MINISTER ERIC (16th): "He just got tired at the head of the stretch. He was there one step, and the next jump he wasn't." - jockey Pat Day.
POLLARD'S VISION (17th): "We were hoping for him to get a little bit of a wet track, but he didn't really handle it all that well. Sometimes you never know." - trainer Todd Pletcher.
QUINTONS GOLD RUSH (DNF): "Considering the outside post, we got a pretty good trip. We lost some ground and there was a little bumping around us. On the backstretch, he was going really nice. I really don't know what happened. Hopefully, he'll come back fine." - jockey Corey Nakatani.
130th KENTUCKY DERBY
wins with sentimental journey
Elliott, it's just a race - but a big one
Jones draws a crowd at home track
sees good things in the future
special place in their hearts
make for a contrasting infield
ads raise no fuss
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Photo gallery: The scene
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