Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Minorette (No. 9): "[Jockey] Joel [Rosario] got to know her a bit. She was really training big coming into this race. We were pretty confident she'd give a good showing of herself in here."

"The more I got to train her, even before we first ran her, she just moved and looked like a mile-and-a-quarter horse. Her pedigree wouldn't deter you from that, either. We just took our time with her. I tell you, the Coolmore group, wonderful organization to train for. They never told me where to run, when to run. 'It's a nice filly we're giving you, and just give us some feedback.' After the race at Keeneland at a mile when she was closing pretty good and got a good number out of the race, I immediately circled this big one and said, 'Let's just go for it.' I gave her a local prep and it worked, because that's what preps are for. She got a run over the course, and the jock got to know her. When the money counted today, he rode her perfect."

"A big day, a wonderful day of racing they put on here. It's exciting just to be part of it. I'm lucky to even have horses to be part of most of the program. To walk away with two winners, a great day for me and my team. I'm here doing the interview, but I'll tell you I have a wonderful staff underneath me that's working day in and day out. And without them, none of this is possible."

Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Minorette (No. 9): "She moves like she wanted to go longer. Last time, I moved a little early to take the lead and she waited a little bit. This time I wanted to be a little closer because it looked like there wasn't a lot of speed. I could see [Sea Queen] on the outside and wanted to keep an eye on her, and I didn't want to move early. When she took the lead she just kept on going."

Christophe Clement, trainer of runner-up Sea Queen (No. 11) and third-place finisher Summer Solo (No. 4): "Both fillies ran very well; they were second- and third- best. It was fun to have a top class 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at this time of the year. They both ran a great race and nobody can take that away from them. We were expecting to be on the lead or close to the lead [with Sea Queen]; she's a galloper, and that's what she likes. Summer Solo ran great. I knew she was going to run a good race; she's trained so well. She's a very nice New York-bred."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., jockey aboard runner-up Sea Queen (No. 11): "It looked like there wasn't a lot of speed, and [Clement] told me, 'See how she breaks, and if she's on the lead easy, it's OK. And if not, go wherever you are comfortable.' I'm very happy with her. We tried hard."

Francois Doumen, trainer of fourth-place finisher Xcellence (No. 7): "This was her maximum distance today. The pace was too slow. She was sitting so far back. [The jockey] really would have had to go around, so he had to sit and wait. She had too much to do at the end. She did her best. If the pace had been stronger, she would have had a different race and been nearer."

Gerald Mosse, jockey aboard fourth-place finisher Xcellence (No. 7): "The pace was not fast enough. I was getting closer by the half-mile, trying to not give her too much to do. She struggled the last sixteenth."

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