Trainer Graham Motion (Main Sequence): â€œHe was awesome. Itâ€™s a huge relief. Rajiv said he was still a little antsy in the gate, but I didnâ€™t realize that. He broke well and for one minute I thought he might be a little close. I think every time this horse has run he has improved, his behavior has improved. He was good as gold today in the paddock, which really impressed me. I think he kind of won for fun, to be honest.â€
â€œI think Rajiv has a pretty good rapport with him. He knows what it takes, and heâ€™s just got some turn of foot. And I think heâ€™s a horse that can overcome whatever. Because heâ€™s got that turn of foot it doesnâ€™t really matter where he is. You donâ€™t have to make excuses for him because he can overcome it.
â€œI was a little concerned at the top of the stretch because it looked like he kind of asked him and they motored away from him a little bit. But once he got that turn of foot going, heâ€™s gone. Thereâ€™s not much stopping him.
â€œEvery time heâ€™s run, to me, heâ€™s improved. Every race, knock on wood, heâ€™s come out of it a little better. I just loved the way he behaved today. That was exciting to see him like that.
â€œI donâ€™t think he was unmanageable but he was becoming anxious at the races, he was very nervous. David suggested gelding him, which I think is what turned this horse around probably. It made a huge difference to him.
â€œOn to Dubai, hopefully. Fingers crossed.â€
Jockey Rajiv Maragh (Main Sequence): â€œHeâ€™s a superstar. I never remember getting that feeling from any other horse. He blows your socks off the way he finishes. Heâ€™s a wow horse, definitely.
â€œHeâ€™s a very maneuverable horse. Early in the race, I just wanted to play it like a regular race and let it unfold. By the second turn, I could tell they were going slow and getting bunched up a bit, so on the backstretch I decided any shot that I got to get to the outside I was going to take it. When the opportunity presented itself at the half-mile, five-eighths pole, I just took it, and from there on it was clear sailing.
(On getting mount back) â€œItâ€™s very special. It just goes to show you what kind of people Iâ€™m dealing with from the owners, Flaxman, the trainer Graham Motion and John Velazquez. He rode him in the Breedersâ€™ Cup perfectly and won. He compensated me, which shows what an honorable guy he is. He didnâ€™t have to do that. Everybody involved with this horse all deserve this. Special horse, special people.â€
Trainer Tom Albertrani (Twilight Eclipse): "He ran well. Like I said earlier he had a couple of encounters in his previous races where he got trapped on the inside. Today we got first the run (on Main Sequence) but we still couldn't beat him, but I thought he ran his race and ran huge."
Jockey Javier Castellano (Twilight Eclipse): â€œI had a perfect trip. I had a target to run at. I wanted to get the jump on Main Sequence but he was much the best. We were second-best today.â€
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