Beldame (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 2): "[The layoff was] not much of a concern if you saw her worktab. Last week, she worked three-quarters [of a mile] in 12, so she's been fit. She just had a little foot issue and we had to skip the [Grade 1] Personal Ensign [at Saratoga] and then, thinking about it, we thought this was a better spot anyway because she loves the one turn. As good form as she's in, she'll be able to handle two turns [in the Breeders' Cup Distaff]. She's won at two turns. But this race was here and it's a Grade 1, so it worked out well. I don't say it very often, but I asked him [Jose Lezcano] not to give her a hard race if he didn't have to because she looked that good on paper. We have a big race in five weeks. Couldn't have asked for better, it really went perfect."

On plans for the Breeders' Cup Distaff: "We're not sure when we're going to go to Kentucky. She's been training at Greentree on the synthetic and as long as the weather cooperates, we'll probably keep her there. She could go fine on the dirt at Keeneland or here or at Oklahoma, so we've got a lot of options."

Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Wedding Toast (No. 2): "She broke good and I let her go at her own pace. When I asked her in the stretch, she went on and did it easy. I never touched her with the whip or anything."

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