$500,000 In Reality (Florida Sire Stakes) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Trainer Stanley Gold (Fellowship): "I was hopeful for all three, but I was looking for Abercorn and Brighton Lane, but this one, he jumped up and did it. You never know with the babies. He had a really outstanding work last week that surprised me, and I thought if he ran back to that work, there's no telling.

"More than any of the other [horses] we ran, the distance suited these horses the best, we knew that. The large field was a little worrisome with babies and everything new. You don't want to see a lot of traffic trouble. It worked good for us. It doesn't always, but this time it did.

"In the last race, he broke good, and he took himself back to last. I thought it might have been blinkers. I talked to Jose [Caraballo] and I said, 'Should I take them off?' He said, 'No.' Before that he said he had problems out of the gate and got eliminated, and he did come on late, and he was fifth that day. He didn't run badly, but he didn't run like I expected. This time, he laid back and he finished strong.

"We're going to enjoy this. We've got a lot of work to do the rest of the night to finish everything up and make sure everybody's okay. Everybody gets a few days off, and then we'll sit down, regroup, and decide what we're going to do."

Fred Brei, Jacks or Better Farm (Fellowship): "He did it his way. He wound up coming out around horses and he benefitted from that trip. There wasn't a horse in this race, I don't think, that had won going two turns [on the dirt] so we were all finding out today something. I've always liked his breeding, Awesome of Course has always been good to us. He'll stay here and come back and run in the winter races for 3-year-olds. We race in Florida unless there's a compelling reason to race elsewhere."

Jockey Jose Caraballo (Fellowship): "He run huge. I let him relax and when I was ready I took him outside and he just exploded. He went by everyone. He was in great shape thanks to Stanley Gold and the [Fred Brei]."

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