Acorn (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Curalina (No. 6): "She's a filly we'd had high hopes for for a long time. We felt like she was one of our best 2-year-old fillies last year, unfortunately she had some baby stuff that she needed some time off for. She came back and ran impressively in both starts, [and] we came here with the Acorn in mind and then she made it an easy decision by how well she trained.

"She got a horrible start. She got sandwiched from both sides. I thought she lost all chance right there. If you watch the head on replay, it was a pretty remarkable effort. I'll talk to Aron Wellman at Eclipse [Thoroughbred Partners, owner] -- I doubt we'd want to run back in the Mother Goose in three weeks, but we won't rule it out. Coaching Club [American Oaks at Saratoga] would make a lot of sense."

John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Curalina (No. 6): "She got squeezed badly out of the starting gate. We ended up far back, I put her in the clear and she got a little bit rank on the backstretch. I let her do a little bit and tried to settle her on the turn, which she did, and she finished up well."

Michelle Nevin, trainer of second-place finisher By the Moon (No. 3): "I'm extremely happy. She ran a huge race. I couldn't have asked for any more. It's unfortunate we couldn't hang on for the win, but I have nothing to complain about."

Jose Ortiz, jockey aboard second-place finisher By the Moon (No. 3): "She broke perfect and I had a perfect trip. I think we just ran huge. I want to thank the owners and Michelle [Nevin] for giving me the opportunity. I just chirped and she was ready. She gave 100 percent. She got a perfect trip over the surface, but she brought it."

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