$150,000 The Very One (G3) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Trainer Christophe Clement (Irish Mission): "I'm delighted to win for Mr. Evans. He's a great owner to win for. Plus, I think she's a wonderful mare and a very exciting broodmare prospect for him. There are two choices: One, she goes to Kentucky next week, where it's very cold and awful weather, or she can stay in the sunshine here and run back in the Orchid (G3) on March 28, but I'm sure Mr. Evans will make up his mind and let me know next week."

"She loves it here. She's been doing very well at Payson Park. She gets turned out every day for two hours. She's a very high strung filly to train, so I think she's thoroughly enjoyed the turning out that we have at Payson Park, and she's just blossomed over the winter. She's probably easier now than she's ever been to run."

"I wasn't really [expecting it to be that slow of a pace], but I leave it completely up to Johnny [Velazquez]. He's a top class rider and takes the pressure away. That's his call. I train them. He rides them. It works well that way. I'm very luck with Johnny. I think he's won three stakes with this filly. He won the Glens Falls, the La Prevoyante, and now this race. We've been very lucky together."

Jockey John Velazquez (Irish Mission): "It was a pretty slow pace. There was no speed in the race. I knew it was going to be me or him (Joel Rosario on Riposte) and he ended up going to the lead, so I sat quietly. Once we got to the three-quarter pole, I knew it was going to be a two-horse race so I put a little bit of pressure on him and we picked it up. She did it pretty easy though."

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