Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Quotes

December 10, 2019

Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Charming Kitten (No. 3): "[John Velazquez] and I were on the same page. I told him to break from the gate and gallop for two miles. I wanted to try to leave him relaxed in the post parade and, hopefully, leave there settled. He gave him a great ride; he had him covered up, and [Charming Kitten] relaxed really well. A great trip."

"Where do you go from a two-mile race? I guess you try to stay stretched out and look at mile-and-a-half type races. We'll put all of those in play. Kind of cool winning a two-mile race."

John Velazquez, winning jockey of Charming Kitten (No. 3): "It worked out perfect. He broke really well and got into a really nice position, and he was tugging me along the whole way around. He was going well the whole way around and when we got to the half-mile pole, I tried to move a little bit and put him in the clear. He was tugging me so long that when I went to ride him, it took him an eighth of a mile to get back into the race. Finally, when he got down the lane he started running again, so it worked out good."

Ken Ramsey, winning owner of Charming Kitten (No. 3): "I've got the sire, and a rising tide raises all ships, you know? So that makes all the rest of them worth something, and it increases the distance factor - I mean, two miles, that's good advertising. We may have a grinder there today, but he got the job done. That's the first two-mile winner for the sire."

Christophe Clement, trainer of runner-up Irish Mission (No. 6): "She ran well. She needs a little bit farther."

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