Alabama (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Tony Dutrow, winning trainer of Embellish the Lace (No. 5): "I always hoped of winning a race like that, and when it comes, it's just so gratifying, so humbling, so magical. And special is a great word which sums up all that."

Javier Castellano, winning jockey aboard Embellish the Lace (No. 5): "I didn't expect her to be on the lead but nobody went. We put up good numbers all the way, and it paid off. I thought there was more speed in the race but nobody wanted to go. I tried to rate a little bit the first turn, but nobody wanted to take it, so I took it. I knew they were coming, but the way she turned for home, I had so much confidence. When I asked her a little bit she took off. The one thing about her is she goes all day. She passed the wire and she galloped out strong."

Larry Jones, trainer of runner-up I'm a Chatterbox (No. 4) and sixth-place finisher Lovely Maria (No. 3): "They got loose [on the lead]. [My filly] kind of got put in tight and had to get back up on her feet at the start, so she started off a little farther back than we wanted. But she got a good trip. We were planning on being closer than we were. [Kerwin Clark aboard Lovely Maria] said he thought he was a winner turning for home, she just got a little tired."

Todd Pletcher, trainer of beaten favorite and third-place finisher Curalina (No. 2): "I thought she ran well. I think she was maybe showing fatigue from tough races in the Acorn and the Coaching Club. It's always hard to come off of two big efforts like that. I thought she came up a little empty in the lane but she kept fighting despite that. We'll look to freshen her up a bit for the fall."

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