Breeders’ Cup Juvenile(G1) Race Quotes

December 10, 2019

Doug O’Neill (trainer, Nyquist, 1st) – “The race didn't unfold like I expected. We thought, being on the outside there, with kind of a short run to the first turn, we'd be up on the lead, saving ground. I have to watch the replay, but from my recollection we were five or six wide. But Mario (Gutierrez) did his Mario thing where he just never panicked. From Day one, before this horse ever debuted, he had the mind and the stride of a two-turn horse. When he debuted, like, 'wow.' The other day, maybe he wasn't that impressive, maybe because we came back quickly. He was pressured early, and I think with that race under his belt, he turned it around today.”

Mario Gutierrez (jockey, Nyquist, 1st) – “I had a little trouble getting over from my outside post (13), but except for the first turn I had good position. Being wide wasn’t a problem. I didn’t want to get to the rail and get covered up. He was running fine on the outside and so we just stayed there. I’ve always had confidence in this horse. He’s a good one.”

Keith Desormeaux (trainer, Swipe, 2nd; Exaggerator, 4th) – “How could you not be thrilled with Swipe's race? He was a $5,000 yearling and he's making good money every time he loads the gates and running on the top level. How could we not be thrilled? Being that he's by Birdstone, he should get better as he gets older and want to go longer. The way that he's relaxing into these races and finishing strong, more distance for him can only be an advantage. Today he gave me a thrill through the lane, but I had mixed emotions because I'm pulling for exaggerator and then here comes Swipe. And then I gave up on Exaggerator because I could tell he was beat, and my emotions re-ignited again on the other one, so it was cool.”

Victor Espinoza (jockey, Swipe, 2nd) – “It was a little bit slow up front, but I broke well and I got my position and I can’t do anything. I had to be patient. It kind of hurt me a little bit that the stretch. It was hard for me to ride him really hard in the turn because I had to keep a little patience. I didn’t want to do too much with him because he’s such a young horse.”

Dale Romans (trainer, Brody's Cause, 3rd and Unbridled Outlaw, 12th) – “I thought Brody's Cause ran a great race. Really no excuses. He had to steady maybe one little time but you have to expect that with a closer. I was very disappointed with Unbridled Outlaw. I think he is every bit as good as 'Brody' and today (jockey Mike Smith) said he got very nervous in the post parade. That's a little of (his sire) Unbridled's Song coming out in him. He's never done that before. We are going to have to do a few things to adjust and regroup and come back."

Corey Lanerie (jockey Brody’s Cause, 3rd) – “We got a good break and he settled nice. There was lots of traffic on the second turn. I knew I had a lot to do coming down the stretch, but I was still hopeful and he gave me a big run.”

Kent Desormeaux (jockey, Exaggerator, 4th) – “He wanted to go a little quick earlier. I didn't exactly get a clean trip, but I was there for a while. I would dare say that the horse might have a cold. He was a little raspy and he's never done that before. He's a little under the weather, I'll leave it at that - and he still ran fourth.”

Joe Bravo (jockey, Greenpointcrusader, 7th as the beaten favorite) – “It's tough in a mile and a sixteenth type of race. They shuffled us back a little further. He really never leveled off until the last sixteenth. He's a little funny with horses around him and with fourteen there's going to be horses around him. He's a very good horse, he just needs a chance.”

The victory was the fifth for trainer Doug O’Neill and first for jockey Mario Gutierrez

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